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The Ten Most Common Billing Mistakes Contractors Make

Government contractors, particularly those who are new to government work and are working for a DoD agency, often face delays when submitting vouchers for payment. There are two common reasons why delays happen: the clerk processing the vouchers has a very different agenda from the contractor, and there are common mistakes on the vouchers themselves that can cause the vouchers to be kicked back to the contractor for correction.

First, contractors have to remember that the clerk who first processes vouchers has different priorities from the contractor:

• The clerical person responsible for processing vouchers doesn’t usually care whether the contractor gets paid or not. His/her goal is to process the paperwork if it’s correct, and kick it back if it isn’t.

• The clerical person processing those bills isn’t very knowledgeable beyond the narrow scope of his/her job. He/she won’t think, “Ohh, the bill says this, but it must … Read More

The Top Ten Tips for Home Upgrades

Are you planning on doing some upgrades to your current home or a home you just purchased? Here are ten tips and tricks to improve the chances you’ll be delighted when you move back in.

Resale. Even if you’re planning to stay in the home, think of the next owner. Making sure your upgrades add resale value will give you all the options. Think kitchen upgrades, opening up spaces, adding a deck, installing hardwood floors, and upgrading windows.

Planning. Spend plenty of time planning what you want. Go to IKEA to look at storage options and spaces and go online to Houzz to look at ideas. Get your planner or contractor to show you exactly what the upgrades will look like in 3D. You don’t want to get to the end of the work and say, “Ah, I wish I had… “

Contractor. Pick carefully and get three bids. Talk … Read More

Bathroom Design and Renovation Tips – Our Top Ten Tips for Economy Bathroom Installation Works

Bathroom Design and Installation tips

Hi I am a bathroom “expert” and have run a company for 20 years specialising in the design, supply and installation of bathrooms in Edinburgh and the Lothians area.

Throughout this period the company has been a member of the Federation of Master Builders organisation.

We are often asked to provide decent quality, hard wearing and attractively finished bathrooms for “buy to let” clients, young families and first time home buyers on a limited budget. If you follow our top ten tips below, there is no reason why you cannot achieve similar results for budgets of less than 3000 pounds.

Our Top Ten Tips for an Economy Bathroom Design and Installation project

1) Don’t be overly ambitious with your bathroom design:- The new bath/shower/wc/basin should be positioned almost exactly where the old units were positioned:- remember that professional labour costs account for at least 70% … Read More

Top Ten Factors in Running a Successful Construction Contractor Business

It is not easy running a construction business. There are many pitfalls and ways to lose money but if you follow some basic steps you can not only make a living but become very wealthy. Many successful construction contractors have learned there are certain things you absolutely must do right all the time and certain skills you must have or acquire in order to make it in this very competitive industry. In this article I will summarize what it takes to be a successful construction contractor in their order of importance.

Most Important Factor: Hands On Experience

Do not even think about starting a construction contractor business unless you have at least five years of broad (meaning general, not specialized) construction experience. The only exception to this is if you intend on specializing in one area and one area only. We call this a niche. Niche’s can be very profitable, … Read More