Category Archives: Construction

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Ever wondered what it takes to be the next Stephen Fanuka, the famed “Million Dollar Contractor”? With his remarkable journey from custom cabinetry to high-end residential projects, Fanuka’s story is a testament to hard work, quality, and a bit of media savvy. Let’s dive into what makes him a standout and how you can follow in his footsteps. From Humble …
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Hey contractors! Estimating construction costs accurately is vital for the success of your projects and the growth of your business. Mistakes in cost estimation can lead to budget overruns, project delays, and even financial losses. Here’s how to avoid the most common pitfalls with real-world examples and tips on managing scope creep. Let’s get started! 1. Not Conducting a Thorough …
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A person using a tablet with construction analytics software at a building site with cranes and scaffolding in the background.

In the bustling world of construction, where the clash of hammers and the roar of machines dominate, the calm orchestrator of this chaos is often not a person, but a software. Yes, amidst the steel and dust, project management software emerges as the unsung hero. So, if you’re a California contractor looking to steer clear of mayhem, here are the …
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Attention all California contractors: a new law is on the horizon that will significantly impact the way you operate. Starting January 1, 2026, all licensed contractors in the state will be required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of whether they have employees or not. This new regulation, passed by the California legislature, is designed to protect workers and ensure …
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You might recall from reading our post about Why California Construction Business is Booming in 2024 that residential construction, specifically, is currently in high demand. For contractors looking to stay busy and build out their careers, it would make sense to invest some time into thinking about what it takes to become a residential general contractor. This article provides a …
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Are you a California contractor moving to Florida? Or a Florida contractor packing up and heading West? Or maybe you’re in another state and wondering which of these two popular areas of the country is best for construction contractors? We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll take a look at the basics for contractors looking to make the jump …
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Construction worker assisting an injured colleague on site.

There’s a chance that you’ve heard something about potential changes coming to California legislation regarding workplace safety. In recent years, several discussions have brought about a change in the way that California businesses view workers’ comp overall. One major topic influencing this is California Assembly Bill 5 also known as AB5. In 2019, when AB5 was signed into law, the …
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There’s no way around it, builders and property owners working on making changes to buildings and structures must keep safety and quality in construction practices at the top of their minds. So whether you’re a seasoned contractor or a novice observer of California building codes, this guide will help you remain compliant throughout your construction projects. We will cover the …
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For clients and homeowners sorting out budget details for their construction projects, the question of whether or not contractors pay for materials is bound to come up. The answer to this question relies on the terms of the written contract, and the scope of the project, and it also relies on spoken agreements made between the contractor and their client. …
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Asking for a friend? Only kidding – if you’re here, you’re probably wondering who is and is not eligible for locking down a general contractor’s license. It makes sense that so many people want to be a general contractor. This lucrative career path involves overseeing large construction projects that can reap huge rewards for contractors – providing a way for …
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As we dig into another year, it’s good to check in with the state and federal landscaping laws that keep contractors and their clients safe from project to project. It’s important to remember that local ordinances and special permitting for landscaping are often city or neighborhood-specific. So after reviewing these broad strokes, check with the authorities who govern the area …
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What is the Minor Work Exemption? The Minor Work Exemption in California allows certain types of construction work to be performed without a contractor’s license. This exemption, outlined in California Business & Professions Code Section 7048, applies when the aggregate contract price for labor, materials, and all other items is less than $500. The work is considered of casual, minor, …
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If you’re a contractor, engineer, or someone looking to begin a career down either of these paths, you have probably wondered about the CSLB Class A General Engineering License. This license covers all the activities of a general engineering contractor in California – everything from planning an interstate highway project to fixing the irrigation system on the Capitol building. We’ll …
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If you’re a new California contractor or you’re simply looking to become a construction contractor in the state, it may seem like a daunting task to stay compliant and within the bounds of the legal requirements put forth by the State and the various authorities in charge of maintaining safety and construction standards. California is notorious for its regulatory eagerness, …
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If you’re a general contractor or a person hiring a general contractor, there’s always a nagging question in the back of your mind: “What happens if something goes wrong?” In many states, there’s automatic legal protection for the public in the form of licensing, insurance, and contractor’s bonds, but many states don’t require contractors to be licensed or monitored by …
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General Contractors: Team Captain The general contractor (GC) is the linchpin of on-site activities, making sure that everything runs smoothly, on-time and on-budget. They’re the ones actually getting their hands “dirty”, so to speak, working on the site itself and making sure that everything is going according to plan. With guidance from the CM and the PM, GCs are actively …
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You’re a contractor. You’ve just finished a job (with a contract!) and now, when it comes time for the client to hold up their end of the bargain – nada. “No worries,” you think. This client seems legit. They’ll pay, they’re just forgetful is all. Yada yada. Days go by, then weeks, and still nothing hits your account number. You …
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As a California contractor, if there’s one nuisance that will crop up time and time again in your contracting career, it’s building codes. Considering the mountains of red tape and bureaucracy that you have to go through to even get your contractor’s license or get a project approved, the last thing contractors want is to deal with building codes. These …
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It seems that you need a degree to get any entry-level job these days. When you read the listings, you might be amazed by what some industries think is “entry-level.” Construction is a bit different in that there are many people who start at the bottom and manage to work their way up without a college education. With this information, …
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A construction worker with a contractor license is laying bricks on a construction site.

With big plans for construction in California mixed with a labor shortage, trying to balance everything you need for your business can be tricky. There’s a lot of potential for steady work in the next few years. A significant amount of your success hangs on the consistency of your supply chain. Here’s a few ways you can manage your supply …
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There’s a lot of new development happening in California right now, but on occasion, you’ll be working in an old building. Historic buildings, and even the ones that are just a few decades old, often need retrofits and other upgrades so that they can stay functional. The problem, of course, is what happens when you get inside and realize that …
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Skilled subcontractors will help you tackle complicated projects with ease, meet your project deadline, and expand your service offerings. Learn how to find and hire good subcontractors. Where to Find Good Subcontractors Ask around your personal network, beginning with your existing subcontractors and any other contractors you know. Trades professionals are always happy to recommend a good person. If your …
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Wood and steel are both common materials used in construction. Until relatively recently, steel and concrete were practically the only realistic choices for many types of buildings. Now, mass timber is revolutionizing the industry in a variety of ways. Here’s how. What Is Mass Timber? A single piece of wood is not generally considered to be particularly strong or supportive. …
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With a lot of focus on self-driving cars, you knew it was coming. Self-driving vehicles have reached the construction site. The innovation of semi-autonomous construction equipment seems like a futuristic answer to the construction labor shortage, but it’s actually available right now through several companies. Here’s what has been happening in the industry and how self-driving equipment might work with …
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Being able to say that you work with sustainable construction materials can be a boon for your construction business. When you evaluate supplies for their sustainability, you’re looking at consumption, waste and regeneration. Most materials can be sustainable, but you’ll have to do some research to confirm that your supply line is following best practices. This means that even if …
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They happen several times a year, and they have the potential to really mess up your timelines. The holidays may be a time for making merry or getting together with family and friends, but you also want to be sure you can stick to your schedule for your contracting business projects. Here are a few tips you can use to …
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If you have spent some time researching online marketing for your construction business, you probably already understand that having a solid online presence is key. But, how do you know that you have a solid online presence? With these tips and tools, you can get back-end analysis of your marketing approaches. That way, you can target your budget in the …
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If you have a project that requires a construction general permit, the state of California says you may need to create a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan with a qualified developer. Even if stormwater runoff management is not a part of your regular business dealings, you will probably have instances where you work on a project that requires an SWPPP. Here are the …
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In your contracting business, you learn quickly that your margins will make or break your ability to pay your bills (and yourself). Setting fair prices for the work you do and improving your overall business efficiency is key to keeping your business afloat. This guide identifies ways that you can increase your profit margins wherever you can. Market Value Over …
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