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How to Prevent Utility Line Damage: What is 811?

Whether you’re a business owner installing lawn signage or digging in your own backyard, you never know what lies beneath the surface. Tasks such as landscaping, structure installation or any other project that requires digging can easily interfere with a utility line that lies underground. The tricky part is that oftentimes these lines are not marked, leaving residents and building owners guessing where they can dig. The good news is even with underground utility lines, you can still complete your digging project by calling 811 to learn where, exactly, lines are on your property.   What Are Your Risks When […]

Risk Transfer Requirements: Your Key to Profitability in Construction

According to First Research, the United States (U.S.) construction industry includes more than 650,000 contractors with combined annual revenue of about $1.4T. Demand for this industry is driven by demographics and the health of the economy. The profitability of individual companies depends on their ability to bid accurately, secure contracts and control costs.

Keeping Your Lawn Care Business Out of the Weeds

With spring in full bloom, the sounds of the season can be heard with regular frequency; lawn mowers, lawn equipment and a gentleman with a Scottish brogue saying “Feed your lawn, feed it.” Many of us maintain our own lawns or hire a landscaper or lawn service to handle the weekly tasks. But, have you ever considered becoming a small business owner and forming your own lawn service?

Builders’ Risk and Installation Floater: Which Coverage is Right for your Project?

The appropriate usage of Builders’ Risk and Installation Floater coverages can sometimes be difficult to determine. As a general overview, Builders’ Risk coverage is intended to cover either a single building or structure, or multiple buildings or structures, during construction, rehabilitation, or repair. Installation Floater coverage is suitable for most contractors engaged in low-to-moderate hazard installation activities, such as plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling and air conditioning, cabinetry, and alarm installations on new or existing buildings.

15 Tips on How to Prevent Residential Contractor Theft

While on vacation, my husband and I woke to the sound of the phone ringing. Our employees called to inform us that our tool trailer and tools had been stolen. We normally do not leave them at the job site, but wanted our employees to be able to work while we were gone.