Construction Pay Rates Reflect Changes in Industry

The Great Recession hit a number of industries particularly hard, but construction might have suffered the most. Experts estimate that the recession cut 30 percent of jobs in 2007 and 2008, but as of 2015, construction pay has risen 40 percent. This drastic turnaround has created tremendous demand for construction talent, but the pay growth […]

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How the Sustainability Movement is Affecting Construction

The issue of sustainability has crept into conversations about topics ranging from agriculture to home goods. The construction industry has shifted toward the search for sustainable materials and practices, but it also is moving away from demolition projects and toward restoration efforts. Instead of tearing down older buildings, construction companies are rehabbing and renovating them […]

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New Employment Numbers Show Up and Down Progress

New data on construction industry employment suggests that the United States is experiencing conflicting industry trends depending on geographic location. In some states, construction employment continues to grow; in others, no new jobs are added. Filling Labor Shortages In October 2015, Kris Hudson and Jeffrey Sparshot of the Wall Street Journal reported that home sales […]

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How to Handle Fast Track Construction Projects

A fast track construction project can instill anxiety in even the most organized, accomplished, and productive contractors. If one of your clients gives you a tight deadline on a potential project, follow these tips to get through the job. Thoroughly Assess Your Capabilities Some contractors can’t handle fast track construction projects, especially when they already […]

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How Much Do Contractor Classes Cost?

You can’t get a contractor’s license in Florida, Oregon, or any other state unless you’re prepared to part with some cash. Just like any industry, construction requires an investment in your future. If you work hard and apply what you learn, you’ll recoup your money, but how much do contractor classes cost and how should […]

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4 Facts About Restaurant Construction Every Contractor Should Know

A restaurant poses different construction challenges, obstacles, and rewards than other types of projects a contractor might accept. If you’re interested in pursuing restaurant construction as part of your service list, you should know these four important facts. 1. Safety and Environmental Regulations Change Regularly Contractors, lawmakers, consumer protection advocates, and environmentalists are constantly looking […]

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How Better Client Communication Can Make You a Better (and Busier) Contractor

Whether you work with commercial or residential clients, communication can mean the difference between a satisfied, repeat customer and a disgruntled former client who trashes your business on social media. They key to becoming a better (and busier) contractor lies in your ability to communicate both clearly and frequently. Your Client’s Vision Matters According to […]

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How to Get a Contractors License in Oregon

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction managers earn an average salary of $94,590. If you are interested in the construction industry or if you’ve ever wanted to become a general contractor, now is the time to learn how to get a contractor’s license in Oregon. Who Needs a License? If you plan […]

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Is Contractor School Difficult?

Learning what it takes to be a licensed contractor or the equivalent in your state can be intimidating, and that’s the real-world application stuff. What about the school itself? Some people go straight for the licensing exam without any formal training, and that can lead to stress and a high rate of failure. So much […]

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