Filing a Lien as a Contractor

filing a lienIs filing a lien necessary before agreeing to a project? This topic is more in the legal realm, so you should speak with an attorney about this. However, we’ll provide our input based on our own experience of working with various seasoned contractors.

Why Contractors Should File a Lien

As a contractor, you have lien rights on any of the work you complete. Let’s say you complete a $2,000 interior remodeling job (factoring in labor, materials, and subcontractors). In this instance, you have lien rights on the home for that exact amount. Filing a lien is essentially insurance on your end. If the client is unable or unwilling to pay for the work, then you can foreclose on the lien. This forces the sale of the property, allowing you to collect on the owed payment.

Without a lien, you may also be held legally liable if you’re unable to pay your subcontractors. Continue Reading →

It’s Best When the Contractor Supplies The Materials

contractor supplies materialAt times, clients may insist on supplying their own materials in an effort to save money. Of course, contractors can decide for themselves whether this is acceptable. We recommend that the contractor supplies the materials. This is most beneficial for both the contractor and the client.

Contractors Have the Expertise

Of course, homeowners should definitely have input for materials, such as light fixtures, paint, or faucets. If homeowners insist on buying these supplies themselves from their local Home Depot, then let them do so. Perhaps you can accompany them to the hardware store and help them pick out the materials to ensure they pick the right size and compatible items. The client, for example, may buy a three-hole faucet when their sink is designed for a single or double-hole fixture. Continue Reading →

Contractors: Own A Trailer or Rent A Dumpster?

rent a dumpsterContractors working on a project will have to dispose of a lot of junk and debris from the job site. You have two choices here: buy a dump trailer or rent a dumpster. We’ll go over the pros and cons of each.

Dump Trailer and Dumpster Rental Comparison

Dump Trailer

A dump trailer is an investment. The benefit of owning one is that it is at your disposal 24/7. Also, a dumpster rental service may not always have the right size dumpster available when a project comes up.

On the flip side, all maintenance and storage is your responsibility. If you’re a freelance contractor without a business facility, then buying a dump trailer may not be an option, unless you have space on your residential property.

Owning a dumpster also means you are responsible for disposing of the contents at a landfill. That’s additional work for you or your crew.

Dump Rental

You actually have two options when renting: a dump rental or junk removal. If you rent a dumpster, you are responsible for filling the container yourself and then emptying the dumpster at a landfill. A junk removal service does all the work for you—from clearing the debris to disposing of it.

Hiring a junk removal service obviously saves you a lot of work, though it also means having a huge additional overhead. You may, however, choose to factor the cost into your client’s fee.

We Service Contractors and Homeowners

You’re going to need a dumpster one way or another if you land any interior or exterior project. We can pair contractors with the right project depending on their debris loading capability. While Remodeler’s Exhibit doesn’t sell dump trailers or rent out dumpsters, we know they’re a vital element in a contractor’s job.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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Sustainable Engineered Building Products

sustainable engineered building productsSustainable products are becoming more available as more homeowners seek to achieve green living. However, are “natural” building materials the only ones good for the environment? We believe that some sustainable engineered building products are just as eco-friendly.

What Makes Building Supplies Green?

Natural green supplies are materials that improve energy efficiency and save money. They are also typically renewable and biodegradable. In some instances, they come from local suppliers to reduce transportation cost.

However, many engineered (man-made) supplies fit at least some of these qualifications. This includes processed and treated products common in many interior and exterior remodeling projects. Continue Reading →

Remodeling Contractor Blogging Topics

contractor blogging topicsBlogs are good for two reasons: They help with the search engine rankings (provided posts are SEO-optimized), and they connect you with potential clients. Don’t know what to blog about? Here are some blogging topics for remodeling contractors. Keep in mind with each topic comes sub-topics, for which you can create multiple posts in a single niche area.

Contractor Blogging Topics That Build Credibility

1. Answer a Frequently Asked Question

As a contractor, you are probably hounded with questions on home improvement and design. Some questions come up more than others. Answer some of these questions in depth (one per blog), and upload photos if visuals would be helpful. Continue Reading →

3 Winning Kitchen Trends for 2017 and Beyond

Kitchen Trends for 2017When you decide to remodel your kitchen, you will want to choose features that will suit your taste now and in years to come. You want make the space look attractive for its time. And, you want to avoid choosing items that will make it appear too “dated” in years to come. Here are some kitchen trends for 2017 that will look great far into the future.

Kitchen Trends for 2017 that Won’t Become Dated

1. Crisp White Cabinets

White simply looks clean and fresh in a kitchen, and choosing white for cabinets is always in fashion. This color for cabinets is available in a number of styles, so you are not limited to a particular look. Consider pairing your white cabinets with a white backsplash to avoid breaking up the line of sight. This makes the space appear larger.

If you have concerns about making your kitchen appear too “antiseptic” with white cabinets, consider using a warm color on the walls or adding a splash of color on your countertops. You can always add color on the walls with decorative pieces, too. Continue Reading →