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Pro-Tips and Industry Insights

Prepare for Homeowner Site Visits

As a builder, you know each home is unique and you have a process for getting the project done.

However, for your client, it’s different. Building a home is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Over the course of a project, you’ll spend a fair amount of time communicating with your clients, keeping them happy while also keeping the build moving forward. 

One of the most important parts of a...

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Never Miss a Message with BuildTools

Communication is at the core of each and every one of your projects. But keeping your lines of communication from getting crossed can be a daunting task. Whether you’re keeping track of information from clients, or spearheading communication with your crew and subcontractors, there’s a lot to keep track of and keep organized so you can refer back to it when you need it.

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Pro-Tip Vlog #1: Communication

When it comes to the success of your business, communication is key. Not only is it the lifeline that keeps your business thriving, but it's essential for efficiency and client satisfaction. Have you ever thought about ways to streamline your communication processes?

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How To Avoid Client Conflict: 4 Documentation Tips

When it's your word versus your client's, no one wins.

99% of client conflicts in homebuilding or construction projects are a result of poor communication or a lack of documentation. This is where the right system and habits can make all the difference.

Here are 4 steps to improve communication with your clients, save time, and avoid sticky situations down the road.

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Progress Reports: 6 Reasons To Use An App

You're a builder, not a reporter, but your team and clients still need to be kept in the loop. Creating progress reports can eat up your valuable time and energy if they’re being built from scratch.

Luckily, creating regular reports doesn't have to bring productivity to a halt.

Industry leaders are using automated reports created within construction apps to put a system in place for regular...

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How A Homebuilding App Can Protect Your Bottom Line

The moment you realize your project is off course, it's already too late.

Luckily the wheel of technology continues to turn, and groups of forward-thinking builders have created real, accessible, simple solutions to altogether avoid that gut-clenching moment when the stuff hits the fan.

Here’s how industry experts are protecting their bottom line by utilizing a homebuilding app.

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7 Tips for Project Management Delegation & Follow-Up

Keep your team on track to finish on time and under budget. Here are some pro tips from industry leaders on how to efficiently follow up on delegation and lead your team to grow in productivity and skill.

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How Project Management Software Can Save You From Needy Clients

The biggest and most dynamic wildcard for every new project isn’t the location, or the budget, or the timeline. It’s the client.

A difficult client can make even the most basic project a struggle. Here's how project management software can save you from needy clients.

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7 Ways To Utilize A Construction App

Pop quiz:

  • Can you access the current budget forecast for your project within the next 15 seconds?
  • Can you confirm that your subcontractors are on schedule without a phone call or email?
  • Can your information-hungry client get what they need without lighting up your phone?
  • Can you relax when you get home?

If you answered "no" to any of these, it's either time to invest in project...

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6 Tips for Managing Change Orders On The Fly

"Ch@%ge Or%#rs!" Not a 4 letter word.They're inevitable: change orders are going to happen. But what’s not inevitable is the headache that follows. Set yourself up to save time and money, and boost your reputation as the builder who is easy to work with.

Here are six pro-tips from experts in the industry who have been managing change orders for decades.

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