What you need to solicit a quote

Whether you are hiring an architect or a general contractor, in order to ensure you receive good comparable quotes, there are certain key pieces of information you must include with your solicitation.  If you are missing any of these items you could find that your quotes have a wide pricing spread.  This could lead you to make bad…

5 mistakes made when bidding construction projects

When people think about taking on a construction project, they immediately think that either the design or the construction phase is the most critical phase of the project.  They rarely consider the procurement phase as the most important phase of work.  In fact, most people don’t even think of procurement as a unique phase of work. It may be surprising to hear…

Building rules and regulations for your home construction project

Before you take on a construction project in your home or business consider what rules and regulations you want your contractors to follow. Building Rules and Regulations are similar to General Conditions in that they regulate the way the Contractor manages the work.  Often Building Rules and Regulations are considered to be part of the General…

Should I hire a project manager for my home remodel?

A construction project is one of the most difficult and costly challenges anyone can undertake.  With so many choices to make and so many people to manage, the entire process can be very overwhelming. Hiring a Project Manager (PM) can alleviate some of that stress.  It’s best to engage the PM very early on (even…

Where do contractors hide profit?

Contractors like any other business are entitled to make profit. Unfortunately, there are instances where contractors “double dip” (charges profit on top of profit) or deliberately hide profit.