Builders Risk Insurance

Key Reasons to Have Builders Risk Insurance

Why You Need to Invest in Builders Risk Insurance Your commercial construction or residential project is considered under construction from the moment the materials are delivered to the job site until you have received your Certificate of Occupancy.  During the course of construction, buildings are vulnerable to many types of risks that are often out of our control.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, …

LED Lighting

5 REASONS TO USE LED LIGHTING Most businesses and homeowners try to find ways to save on costs and to reduce energy.  A simple solution to energy savings is making the switch to LED lighting.  Light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s leading energy-efficient lighting technologies.  Some have questioned whether it is worth switching from the traditional incandescent lights, as the …

Closing the Gap in Skilled Trades

Closing the Gap in Skilled Trades MORE SKILLED TRADES, was the topic the U.S Department of Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, addressed during the Building and Construction Trades Apprenticeship Training Conference at Washtenaw Community College.  At the conference, he was quoted saying, “The United States has 6.2 million job openings.  That is the highest number of job openings ever in the …

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Enhance Your Business’s Curb Appeal

Does Your Business Need a Facelift? How often have you heard that homes sell quicker or are valued higher when they have curb appeal?  We hear it all the time!  Did you know that the same can be true for your business?  Depending on the type of service you offer, curb appeal can play a vital role in enticing customers to …

Light Bulb - Energy

5 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bill

ENERGY SAVING TIPS It is common to feel sticker shocked when you first receive your energy bill at the start of winter and/or summer.  In order to keep your business or home warm during the winter and cool during summer, your HVAC system may run frequently.  Which in turn can drive your energy bill through the roof. Immediately you may become more conscious …

Construction Year In Review

2016 Year In Review

   2016 Year In Review As we move into 2017, we thought it was an appropriate time to reflect on the past year.  It is always a good time to look at the areas you did well in and areas that need improvement.  Also, as we look back on 2016, we realize that we are most grateful for you.  You, the …

Construction planning tools

Construction Project Approval Process

Why You Should Begin Planning Now for Your Commercial Construction Project Spring and summer are often a busy time for the construction industry.  This is the time that you don’t have to worry about construction delays due to weather or extra costs associated with winter conditions.  If you’re considering constructing a new building or renovating an existing site in the spring, start planning …

Construction Change Order

Change Orders and Their Effect on Construction

Do you have a construction project underway or ready to begin?  Have you considered the possibility of change orders and their impact they can have on your project? Change orders can occur and are often unavoidable during the construction process.  A change order is work that is added or deleted from the original scope of work and as a result …