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Understanding Project Manuals

Understanding Project Manuals

  What to look for? Understanding Project Manuals, or “Spec Books”, is another skill that is critical. Along with blueprints, they enable us to assemble an accurate bid. These documents are typically provided by the customer, on most larger projects. Usually you will be provided with an FTP site link where you can download the “Plans and Specs”. Once you have […]

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How to do Takeoffs from job sites and plans

How to do Takeoffs from job sites and plans

How to do Takeoffs from job sites and plans How to do Takeoffs from job sites and plans is a very valuable part of my book Paint Contracting and Estimating. Typically, doing takeoffs at a job site will be for a Repaint project, an Addition or a Tenant Improvement (T.I.) This term is used to describe […]

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Sales and Marketing Strategies

Sales and Marketing Strategies

In marketing, you should strive to “Create the impression you are everywhere”. There are several vehicles for advertising through media, print and the Internet, for example, that can go a long way toward accomplishing this goal.

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Determining the size and structure of your painting company

Determining the size and structure of your painting company

Paint Contracting and Estimating will provide you with a detailed list of the most common types of bidding opportunities that are available to us as painting contractors. While

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Proposals and Contracts

Proposals and Contracts

                                 Proposals and Contracts When considering Proposals and Contracts, there are commonly two types of contracts: prime contracts and subcontracts. The first is when you are providing the only work involved on a project and are dealing directly with the owner or their representative. In this case, you will be the prime contractor. The second […]

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Tracking Production

Tracking Production

                             Tracking Production We are all aware of the need for tracking production to determine how our crews are performing on each job. As a result, this critical task must be performed early and often! Remember, painting contractors can make this a fairly simple task by using time cards. Often, you can purchase them online or […]

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