Contractors who are also business owners frequently find themselves wearing many different hats. They must be ready to go out into the field and inspect the project underway, but they must also be able to play the role of administrator of their contracting businesses. When a disgruntled client complains about a problem, they have to also be able to quickly and civilly respond to the situation.
As Labor Day weekend dawns in South Florida, Hurricane Dorian continues to bear down on the eastern coastline. This certainly is a storm capable of wreaking much destruction to our area, and there will likely be extensive repairs and rebuilding needed in its wake.
It's essential to a contractor's business model to subcontract work to other local builders. No single contractor can manage to wear all the hats that are demanded on a busy home construction site.
Contractors often face situations where they wind up as defendants in lawsuits. Litigation that arises from job disputes, whether they are with the clients, workers or subcontractors, can be both burdensome and costly to defend.
The bigger the construction project on which you embark, the more opportunities there are for something to go wrong somewhere down the line.
Proper management of your crew is essential to your construction company's bottom line. But because you can't be everywhere at all times, you have to make sure that you hire the right people for supervisory positions.
Construction disputes can be the bane of a contractor's existence. These disputes can arise from subcontractors failing to comply with the agreed-upon specifications with the project, supply-chain delays or many other factors.
Every contractor has a horror story about working with micromanaging clients who need almost daily reassurance that the project is chugging along seamlessly. Clients who need a lot of handholding and updating can actually slow a project down considerably. After all, for every call that you return, that's minutes diverted from your supervision of the project — and those minutes add up.
There are a lot of contractors in South Florida, and some are definitely more successful than others. But just what rubric determines the success or failure of a contractor?
A South Florida homeowner hires you to oversee a major renovation project. At first, all appears to be fine between you and the clients. But as time passes, you begin to question your decision to sign a contract with the homeowners.