On the Benefits of Streamlining Certain Aspects of the Construction Process

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There is a lot that is demanded of all construction professionals throughout the process of building a home, including a tremendous amount of paperwork concerning permitting as well as a wide range of other requirements that may differ based on the specific geographic location. Due to the time-consuming nature of some of these requirements — paperwork or otherwise –many builders are consistently on the lookout for any way possible to streamline their operations without having to sacrifice the quality of the construction.

Proposable.com’s templates — including everything from a software development proposal to straightforward sales proposals — may provide a means through which construction professionals can use their time more efficiently with regard to this critical component of the initial building process. For professionals that find it difficult to remain attentive to the sales proposal process while also working on meeting all of the other various professional responsibilities that demand their attention during the actual process of building a home, a comprehensive sales proposal system may prove to be an ideal solution for streamlining their business operations.

Of course, streamlining the sales process also means that builders are able to devote more of their attention to meeting the specific needs for their clients, something that is especially critical for custom homebuilders. Any opportunity in which it may be possible to streamline certain processes that enable a more client-centered approach should be recognized as incredibly valuable for so many reasons.

Value-Adding Home Improvement Projects Not Always Associated With Curb Appeal

David R Gray Jr home improvementThere is a multitude of reasons why homeowners take on all kinds of home improvement projects, with many citing a simple desire to improve the quality of their surroundings while others just enjoy spending a weekend working with their hands in order to create something unique. Though the reasons are quite varied, homeowners are most likely to at least reference the fact that the projects they undertake will add value to their home in some way.

As David R. Gray Jr. would likely point out, this common form of reasoning often leads homeowners to select projects associated with aesthetic improvements, especially when it comes to curb appeal. Curb appeal projects do offer a significant return in terms of the real estate value added, but homeowners should be careful not to overlook the sizable return on investment made possible through a host of other possible options.

Installing insulation in an attic is perhaps the best example of a value-adding home improvement project that is commonly overlooked, but it is one of the few projects that result in an immediate increase in real estate resale value of well over 100 percent of the cost of the project. While installing attic insulation may not seem like the most enjoyable weekend project, it is certainly one of the best when it comes to adding value to a property.

Getting the Most Out of a Custom Construction Project

Lots of builders advertise custom construction projects that ultimately turn out to be what is essentially a cookie-cutter design that has just a few customizable options. While this may technically be “custom,” this is rarely what a customer expects when they request a custom design. This can make it difficult for a prospective homebuyer to get the most out of their construction project, but a few simple strategies can help ensure that a custom project is truly unique and designed according to the precise specifications of the customer.

“People tend to be far too deferential when outlining what they have in mind when it comes to a custom home,” says Arturo Alvarez Demalde. “They may say exactly what they want when they first meet with the builder, but are then easily convinced to take a different approach by a builder who is looking to make the project easier and more cost-effective. This only benefits the builder and not the person who is spending six or seven figures on a custom homethat they intend to make their residence for the next several decades.”

Randi Glazer would likely tend to agree on this particular subject. Homebuyers need support while buying a custom home, which means that they should be reminded that they are spending a lot of money to build the home of their dreams. During this process, the homebuyer should be assertive and remember that it is not their responsibility to be accommodating to a builder. The homebuyer can always consult other builders willing to design a truly custom home, or they can stand firm that a custom home should be custom in the truest sense of the word.

Ralph Slaske The Hardest Job In Construction

I think I’ve probably done just about every job there is in the construction field and as I sit here thinking, I’d have to say framing was the hardest part of construction. If you were to ask anyone with little knowledge in construction about framing, they would probably say framing has something to do with the foundation of the structure that is being constructed. Framing, is the basic building skill construction today. The term, “framing,” also is called, “rough woodworking,” and this skill is done frequently in near about every project that deals with remodeling. Sounds like fun already, doesn’t it?

Timber is so common and it’s the most used material for a framing job because you can find it just about anywhere. Already, you can see this is a very heavy job. The lumber is also easy to work with and compared to other materials that could be used in framing, it’s not nearly as costly. Working in framing also means you have to know your trees and what they are good for, just as a survivalist would. A survivor in the woods knows that if it’s cold and he’s surrounded by pine trees, he’s out of luck because pine makes terrible firewood but a good fire starter. Pine, however, is a great source of lumber for framing and so is hemlock. If you have those nearby, you’re good to go.

Trees aren’t the only things used to frame. Concrete is commonly used because it can be made on the spot and delivered if need be. Steel and bricks are materials that are used, too. These materials are important to use rather than just the lumber because they can support more weight. However, things get expensive when you are working with heavy materials.

Just thinking about framing and writing about it makes me not want to ever do it again, but whatever puts bread on the table, right? Since I’ve started my blogs, I could switch gears and teach people how to make money online, but I am too passionate about construction and my business to do that.

Long story short, although it’s a bit late for that, framing is an incredibly complex, yet highly important job. As stated before, it’s what makes remodeling possible.

Ralph Slaske Make The Investment—Train Your Employees

Training in any field of work is important and today it appears more and more companies are slacking on training their workers simply because it costs money. That’s never been a problem before, why is it a problem now? In the construction business, training has always been important, because it is dangerous work. Workers use tools that could cause permanent damage and are on top of structures high enough that would kill them if they were to fall off.

With money being an issue of why businesses don’t train employees as much anymore, they believe the answer is college. I’m sorry to break it to you, but college teaches HOW to get the job, it doesn’t teach everything on how to DO the job and do it safely. Training your workers allows your company to be competitive because without training, your company doesn’t stand a chance. Also, training your guys the way you want work to be done will ensure they perform quality work. Why? Because you taught them!

You can get a good idea of how good of a worker and who a person is through an interview. When I did my interview with ideamensch.com, it was easier than the interviews I would give the guy who wants to work for me at Slaske Builders. The interview doesn’t tell all, but it does serve the purpose to get their foot in the door. The rest isn’t up to them, it’s up to you. In a job like construction, you can’t just throw a new guy to the wolves and say, “Well, let’s see what you’ve got.” He’s going to mess up and that mess up could cost a life. This is just one more reason of why you must train your guys.

Remember when I said employers and businesses stop training so much because of the money it costs? Well, here’s good news for those guys. Even if you were to give your employees the best training you could find, that doesn’t mean it has to cost so much. A good standard to go by is knowing that a very good trainer must be always ready teach from experience and relate to the student. We were all new once, so keep up the training and they will keep up the good work you have taught them.