Business Resources for Builders, Remodelers, & ContractorsRecommended Trade Magazines, Blogs, Websites, Forums, and FaceBook Groups
•The Building And Remodeling Business Wiki
TheBuildingAndRemodelingWiki.com is a collection of Project Management definitions and terminology with an emphasis and interest in theTheory of Constraints, Lean, TQM and Six Sigma methodologies.
Remodeling Magazine was amongst the first industry trade magazines I began with decades ago (along with New England Builder which became The Journal Of Light Construction). It is well know for its yearly Cost vs. Value Reports as well as a great collection of Business, Product, How-To, Benchmark related articles.
•The Journal Of Light Construction
The Journal Of Light Construction was the other industry trade magazines I began with decades ago (along with New England Builder which became The Journal Of Light Construction). Some Recommended Reading:
- Allocating Overhead to Labor Makes Financial Sense by Irv Chasen
- How To Charge For Overhead By Les Deal
- Getting the Final Payment – Timely payments for scheduled phases keep the last check small and manageable by Brian Sutton
- Four Alternatives to the Competitive Bidding Process by Dan Kolbert
- Survival Tips for Downtown Remodelers A hands-on guide to working in the city by Phil Hubbard
•Professional Remodeler Magazine
Professional Remodeler magazine is an industry trade magazine targeted at the small to medium business remodeling contractor and residential and commercial professionals. It has a good collection of great business articles. Some recommended reading:
•The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University
The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University is another great source for research and articles effecting the building and remodeling industries. Most noticbly the The State of the Nation’s Housing 2016 came out back in June of ’16 and the is just a ton of information in other reports on the Working Papers & Reports page.
WoodWeb -There are a bunch of great forums over on WoodWeb along with a pile of information in what they call their KnowledgeBase and it’s all searchable. There are forums there for Adhesives, Architectural Woodworking, Business and Management, Cabinet and Millwork Installation, Cabinetmaking, CAD, CNC, Dust Collection, Safety Equipment, and Plant Operation, Professional Finishing, Forestry, Professional Furniture Making, Laminating and Solid Surfacing, Sawing and Drying, Solid Wood Machining, Value Added Wood Processing Forum, and Veneers. The topics there get pretty industry, craft, and technique specific but if that’s what you need it’s a great place. It’s also a great place to go to start to find industrial woodworking machinery
•Woodworking Network – FDMC
Woodworking Network brings you the latest custom wood products, cabinetry and manufacturing news and trends for commercial and residential woodworkers and publishes FDMC Magazine. (FaceBook | Twitter | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube)
•Qualified Remodeler Magazine
QualifiedRemodeler.com – The website for Qualified Remodeler magazine. Good article content. Notably with Michael Gerber author of the E-Myth Contractor as one of their contributors.
•Clem Lebine’s Traditional Building Magazine website
Clem Lebine’s Traditional Building Magazine website – A great place to research the more classic and elegant building materials and techniques that can realy set you building and/or remodeling efforts apart from the crowd. (FaceBook | Twitter | Pinterest)
• Contractor Magazine
Contractor Magazine -While my own personal concentration and interests were centered on architectural woodwork and metals and I have little trade technique understanding or knowledge of HVAC I read Contractor Magazine- The Newsmagazine Of Mechanical Contracting and visit their site pretty often. I like to read the columnists there especially on business and management. I think good business and management advice is good business and management advice no matter where you read it. (FaceBook | LinkedIn | YouTube)
• Electrical Contractor Magazine
Electrical Contractor Magazine -My feelings for Electrical Contractor magazine ditto those of Contractor Magazine. Most of my interest here resides in the Business Articles, (Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube)
• Professional Painting Contractor
Professional Painting Contractor (PPC) magazine is published by Northbrook Publishing on behalf of the Sherwin-Williams Company for owners and managers of commercial and residential painting companies.
• The Painters Chatroom
The Painters Chatroom For painters there is also The Painters Chatroom which is really a set of DCForum message boards and not chat rooms as the name may imply.
• INC & FastCompany Magazines
While not construction and remodeling per se I like INC Magazine & FastCompany– For general reading about modern business ideas and issues I like Inc & Fast Company Magazines. A great sites for entrepreneurial businesses. Tons of information and business tools.
• Winning Workplaces
Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit organization in Evanston, Ill., that helps small businesses adopt successful workforce practices,
• Other Links Not Yet Reviewed or Evaluated
- W&C: Walls & Ceilings Magazine
- Stone World & Contemporary Stone Design Magazines
- Design Build Business Magazine : Luxury Homes, Designers, Builders,Construction, House, Residential, Industrial, Architects
- Roofing Contractor
- National Floor Trends Magazine