If you’ve ever been involved in a residential or commercial construction project you know how essential it is to have a detailed construction schedule. We’ve put together a few tips to help you know what to look for and help you understand why having a schedule is important.
The Importance of a Construction Schedule
1. Ask for a construction schedule before you sign the contract. If this is not possible (and sometimes it won’t be), make sure to at least have approximate start and finish dates written into the contract.
2. Be sure you have the construction schedule and have reviewed it prior to starting construction. Once you have a signed agreement, any contractor should have no problem putting together a schedule for you. Creating the schedule will help the Project Manager learn all the details about the project and helps keep them on schedule. It’s also a great way for you to stay up to speed on how the project is progressing.
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If you’re considering putting an elevator in your Philadelphia area home, the idea isn’t as crazy as you may think. While it is by no means the standard, more and more people are choosing to install residential elevators in their homes for various reasons.
Aging in place has become a growing trend in recent years. People want to continue to live in their homes for as long as possible. Often times, this can mean the installation of a residential elevator to help with maneuverability around the house. Imagine you’ve lived in the home you love for 30+ years, but now it’s getting hard to get up and down the steps. Moving things from floor to floor has become work. You don’t want to leave your home, but what solution is there other than to move? A residential elevator could take care of these challenges and allow you to remain in the home you love.
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Houzz.com has taken the residential remodeling industry by storm. Never before has it been so easy to see literally thousands of design ideas in one place. Gone are the days when you had to physically purchase stacks of magazines to cut out photos to show to an architect or interior designer. With this great tool at your fingertips, planning your new space just got a whole lot easier.
For any readers not familiar with Houzz, let us tell you what you’ve been missing out on. Whether you’re a homeowner looking for ideas or a professional who wants to showcase a new project, Houzz has something for everyone. The online community provides a place for architects, interior designers, and contractors alike to post photos of residential construction projects. Homeowners can then browse the photos to get ideas for their own space.
When clients come to us and aren’t sure of what they want to do, we direct them to Houzz.
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Here at Souder Brothers part of our business philosophy is to build a solid, long lasting relationship with our clients.
In the commercial construction industry, as in many others, repeat work speaks volumes about the quality of work and services provided. Working with customers, you already have an established relationship which makes everyone’s job easier. All parties have learned how to communicate and work together and there is a level of trust in place. A satisfied customer can be a great sales tool.
Over the past 5 years, we’ve done a great deal of work at the various Fred Beans dealerships in Doylestown, PA (Bucks County), as well as in Flemington, NJ (Hunterdon County). Through our professional relationship with the team at Fred Beans, we’ve been able to help them create a more functional and upbeat work environment. When employees have a workspace they feel comfortable and confident in, productivity increases. Here’s what Fred Beans had to say about his experience working with Souder Brothers:
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In the age of technology, it’s easy to type in a search and find just about anything you’re looking for, including general contractors in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, and other local areas. But even with all this access to information right at your fingertips, how do you know which one to choose? If you’re not a construction guru, chances are you’ll want a company who has the ability and resources to take you from start to finish. Souder Brothers is a one-stop shop general contractor, meaning we work with clients during the entire process, from design all the way through construction.
A One-Stop Shop From Design to Construction
Many clients prefer the ease of one-stop shopping. It’s convenient, and you can count on your contractor to bring in everyone you need to have a successful construction project. This also allows you to continue on with your daily routine without having to worry about taking the time out of your busy schedule to keep things moving. If your project requires the services of architects, engineers, or interior designers, we have a great network of professionals that we work with on a regular basis. In addition, Souder Brothers has the ability to produce drawings to scale in-house. We also offer 3D renderings so you can visualize what your project will look like when it’s finished. Previous clients have found this to be extremely beneficial. Seeing a concept on paper before it’s built allows for changes to be made before it’s going to cost the owner extra money.
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Before you worry about hiring a contractor or an interior designer, the first thing you should do is browse different websites such as Houzz.com or souderbrothersconstruction.com to look at other projects and get an idea of things you do or don’t want to incorporate into your own residential renovation project. It will be helpful to make a list of these items so you can be sure you don’t leave anything out.
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Residential homeowners who are putting their Montgomery and Bucks County homes up for sale are often faced with the question: should I fix that? While some repairs are required for the sale of a house, others are optional, and some will not benefit the seller. Check out these 9 tips to see how you can get the most added value when selling your home.
1. Give your home a facelift with new paint! Be sure to stick to updated neutrals. Avoid colors that are too bright or too dark. Subtle, neutral colors are best. Buyers want to be able to envision their own style in their potential new home.
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Finding the best contractor for your project is often the most challenging part of the construction process for a home or business owner. It’s important to not rush the process. Take the time to interview potential commercial contractors, talk to previous clients, and ask as many questions as possible to determine if they are the right fit for you. These eight tips will help get you on the right track to a successful construction project.
1. Ask friends and family members for recommendations.
You may be surprised at how many people you know have worked with good or bad contractors on projects of their own. This process will give you a good starting point and will also give you a list of contractors you would like to look into or avoid. Firsthand knowledge of a contractor from a trusted friend can be a great deal of help in picking out a contractor.
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