Why You Should Choose a Local Commercial General Contractor

If you’re looking for the best commercial general contractor (CGC), then you have many options. However, not all CGCs are created equal. Some CGCs are more experienced and skilled than others, and some have built up a reputation as trustworthy professionals who do quality work at reasonable prices. If you want to ensure that your next project goes smoothly and is completed on time with minimal problems afterward, consider hiring a local CGC instead of one that’s farther away from where your business is located. Here are five reasons why:

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Your Construction Team: What is My Superintendent Responsible For?

In our last blog we talked about the responsibilities of a project manager. Another essential member of your construction team is the superintendent or field supervisor. This person will be on site every day for the duration of your project. Your superintendent will report to the project manager and is responsible for managing the day to day activities of construction on the job site, including coordinating with any specialty contractors that will be working on the project.

At Souder Brothers our superintendents are always working superintendents. What does this mean to you? We don’t have supervisors who stand around all day and ‘supervise’. Our field supervisors are working with their hands contributing to the progress of the project while simultaneously supervising our other carpenters on site as well as the other trades. They’ll keep track of the schedule to make sure tasks are being completed in the proper order to keep the project moving forward.

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Before You Paint Your Space Make Sure to Avoid These 9 Common Mistakes

Are you looking for a way to upgrade a room without renovating? Try some paint. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to make your space feel brand new. Just try to avoid these common painting mistakes.

1. Small Samples

Can you really get a good idea of what a shade will look like on your walls with only an itty-bitty swatch?

Can a tiny swatch paint the picture of what your room will look like? Not really. It’s a better idea to pick a big sample or better yet, a tester can. This can give you a better idea of how the new paint will look.

Check it after it dries, and during different times of day to see how it looks under different lights.

Color swatches book. Rainbow sample colors catalogue - 9 common mistakes when painting your space.2. Not Comparing Finishes

The finish you choose should match the purpose of the room.

You might feel uneasy about using shiny semi-gloss, but it’s more durable than flat or matte. It’s also more moisture-resistant, which makes it perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.

But flat and matte finishes still allow for easy touch-ups, so hang onto them for busy places like foyers/entrances, hallways, stairways, and kids’ spaces.

Think about the room’s undertones. Colors can look off kilter with the wrong pairings — a pink undertone with a yellow one, for example — so consider everything else in your space when choosing paint.

This includes counters, cabinets, metals, natural textures such as stone accents, and last but not least, flooring. A mahogany hardwood might look strange when paired with a cool gray paint. Make sure things tie together when you paint.

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Contractor Tips: What To Fix Before Selling Your Home

Kitchen upgrades can add considerable value to your home.

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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How to Hire a Commercial Construction Contractor

SBC131029-01_HiringAContractorFinding 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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