Category: General Contractor

What to Know as Angie’s List and Home Advisor Merge

On May 1, 2017, the parent company of HomeAdvisor, IAC, and Angie’s List announced they had reached terms to combine Angie’s List with HomeAdvisor in a $500 million deal to create a new company called ANGI Homeservices Inc. In making the announcement, IAC was quick to share their plans to maintain the two brands. So...

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QuickBooks Online vs Desktop

You need accounting software, yet you are plagued with the anxiety of choice. Do a quick online search, and you find that a particularly well-known and recommended company, QuickBooks, is the most highly-rated and lauded for its simplified accounting software. But, you’re not here for me to tell you about what you already know —...

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4 Marketing Tactics To Drive More Leads This Spring

Easy Spring Lead Generation Ideas For Home Improvement Contractors In the majority of the country, the start of spring marks the busiest time of the year for home improvement projects. For many contractors, the effectiveness of their spring lead generation efforts can mean the difference between a good, great, or record year. While spring officially...

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Following Up: The Only Way to Close the Deal

“I thought they were going with another contractor.” “I didn’t think they were ready to commit to the job.” “I figured they felt that our rates were too high for them.” “I didn’t feel like it was appropriate to pressure them into the sale.” “They’ll call me when they’re ready for me to start.”  ...

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The 10 Most Common Causes of On-Site Accidents for Contractors

Accidents in the workplace are going to happen. Although contractors and their work crew spend long hours in classes to acquire safety certifications and even put ironclad protection methods into place, all the training and safe practices in the world do not account for human error. Somebody forgets to secure a stepladder. Someone else left...

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Workers’ Compensation: What Every Contractor Should Know

Contractors are required to offer some level of workers’ compensation insurance to their employees in almost every state. Although regulations may vary from state to state, a contractor cannot legally operate a business without providing some form of workers’ comp as a part of an employee package. In states where contractors can opt-out of providing...

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Handling Customer Estimates as a Contractor

If there’s one thing that can create tension in a contractor-client relationship, it’s the estimate. When you finally get to it, it can be the make or break for your deal. How do you create and present an estimate or proposal that wins the deal without compromising your price or offering? Make sure your estimates...

The Average Home Takes 22 Subcontractors to Build

A recent report discussing the costs and scope of subcontractor use within the residential construction industry has provided the public with a glimpse into the complexity of modern home building. Authored by Dr. Paul Emrath of HousingEconomics.com, the report’s most shocking finding is that the median home construction project can expect to see almost two...
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Is Tesla Really Changing the Roofing Industry?

We think so. Tesla’s solar roofing tiles are set to change the roofing industry for both consumers and roofers by changing how consumers look at their roofs. Solar roofs are supposed to be eco-friendly, cost-effective, and cut down on the electric bill. And those are just the residential benefits. For contractors and electricians, solar roofs...

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Offering Warranties for Contracting Work: Product, Installation, and Full Warranties

As a contractor, you may be called upon to perform countless installations or repairs over the course of a year. Whether these installations are for residential or commercial properties, you may agree to offer an installation warranty. A warranty both guarantees the quality of the work and gives you an opportunity to make any corrections...