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Pro-Tips and Industry Insights

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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How To Introduce Your Crew To New Tech

You’re a leader. You have a very clear idea of where your team can improve, what systems are holding up progress, and where time and money are being wasted. You know your operation could be more efficient.New processes, however, require buy-in from more than just the decision maker. To get the most out of project management software, your team needs to be right there with you. Here are our...

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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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Your Notebook Is The Reason Your Project Is Behind Schedule

You’ve got a lot to keep straight: deadlines, change orders, deliveries, contact info, the list is literally never ending. Every new day brings new data, and your productivity depends on your ability to keep it all straight. It’s not just you who is relying on this data, it’s your team, your subcontractors, and your clients.

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Stop Reinventing the Wheel

Drop the pen and paper and leverage technology for the documents involved in your jobs. It’ll save you time and money. (And probably a few headaches!)

 

Cutting costs and saving time are huge for all builders and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Some people are innovating and bringing new ways of solving the problems that builders face, but there are plenty of old and/or current tricks...

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