How Contractors Estimate |

Most contractors use a mix of techniques to arrive at their estimates. Many use some combination of stick estimating and unit-cost estimating, with a little human judgement to help them make final adjustments for conditions that may affect the cost of construction (almost always in the upward direction). Except for very small or simple estimates done with paper and pencil, most contractors use estimating software to help with the project — most often a spreadsheet to help keep simplify the task and make easy revisions as prices change or work is added or subtracted from the estimate. But whether they are using a pencil and paper or the most sophisticated software program, the process is essentially the same:  they are either adding up costs stick-by-stick, or plugging in unit costs that they either got from a book or (much better) developed themselves based on experience.

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Contractor Tips: What Your Contractor Really Means

Contractors didn't become contractors because they love to communicate. If they did they would have become speechwriters or newscasters (or get a gig writing ideabooks for Houzz). Sometimes what they say seems completely obvious to them, but makes no sense to you. And a contractor might speak euphemistically to dance around difficult topics. These tips should help you translate some of the euphemisms and somewhat curt statements you might hear, so that you get the most out of the client-contractor relationship.

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What to Look for in a Contractor's Contract - From

A contractor without a contract is just a worker and his or her word. Even the most honest person would be hard-pressed to keep track of all the conversations that go into planning for the average construction project. That's where a good contract comes in. Many a conflict can be avoided if both parties can simply consult the contract when there's a misunderstanding on either side. Contracts can save relationships, and your house. 

These 10 tips, while just a starting point, will get you thinking about the most critical thing to have in hand before work starts.

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Time, cost or quality – Pick two

The 'golden' triangle of project management = Time-Quality-Cost

The concept = you can only have two of the three

Time + Cost = a project done quickly and cheaply ... but the Quality may suffer

Quality + Time = an outstanding project delivered quickly ... but it will Cost more

Cost + Quality = great work at a reasonable cost ... but leave plenty of Time to complete it

At Blue Leaf Design Build, your priority is our priority.  We will never sacrifice any of the components of the triangle; we will work under your direction.  We will consult with you to learn which components are your top priorities, and work to create the best product for you, keeping all components in mind.  Click here to read an article from Digital Brew.

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7 Quick-and-Easy Winter Weather Preparations to Do Right Now from

7 Quick-and-Easy Winter Weather Preparations to Do Right Now

A tiny $2 prevention could save big bucks later.

Wintry weather is great at turning up problems you didn’t even know you had. Like that first snowy night in front of your fireplace that you thought was pure bliss — until you noticed a leak in the ceiling corner, which apparently was caused by a lack of insulationHow were you supposed to know that?

Here are seven things to do now to avoid costly wintertime mistakes:

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Your Guide to the Different Types of Wood Flooring - From DIY Network

If you’re thinking of putting in wood floors, you can’t go wrong. All types of hardwood floors have unmatched natural beauty and go with any decor — modern, traditional, country, you name it. Hardwood flooring goes in any room, although kitchens and basements warrant special considerations.

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How to Finance Your Renovation - from

Remodeling a room in your home – whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom – is a big task that requires a lot of coordination and planning.

The first and often the most daunting task is figuring out how you will finance your project. The good news is that there are a number of options to consider. Here are some tips for finding the right solution to fit your personal financial situation.  

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