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6 associations every home builder and remodeler should join
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6 associations every home builder and remodeler should join

Here are six of the best associations for home builders and remodelers looking to access educational resources, opportunities, and more.

BuildBook Team

November 21, 2022

Construction Loans: What Are They & How Do They Work?
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Construction Loans: What Are They & How Do They Work?

Construction loans consist of short-term loans that have adjustable interest rates. Learn more about how construction loans work.

BuildBook Team

November 15, 2022

What is the Average Salary of a Residential Remodeler
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What is the Average Salary of a Residential Remodeler

Learn how much a residential subcontractor in the U.S. makes per year based on their location and how they maximize their salary.

BuildBook Team

October 19, 2022

What is the Average Salary of a Subcontractor?
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What is the Average Salary of a Subcontractor?

Learn how much a residential subcontractor in the U.S. makes per year based on their location and how they maximize their salary.

BuildBook Team

September 26, 2022

Home Depot Pro Desk vs. Lowe’s Pro Desk vs. Floor & Decor Pro
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Home Depot Pro Desk vs. Lowe’s Pro Desk vs. Floor & Decor Pro

Deciding between Home Depot Pro Desk, Lowes Pro MVP Rewards, and Floor & Decor ProPremiere Rewards? Here's our full comparison of each service.

BuildBook Team

September 16, 2022

How to Make & Share a Time-Lapse Video of Your Project’s Progress (With Inspiration!)
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How to Make & Share a Time-Lapse Video of Your Project’s Progress (With Inspiration!)

To make a time-lapse video of your project's progress, you'll first need to determine what equipment you'll be using and the appropriate settings.

BuildBook Team

September 1, 2022

The Value of Using a Construction Estimate Checklist (Free Template)
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The Value of Using a Construction Estimate Checklist (Free Template)

Learn how to create and use a construction estimate checklist to prevent costly bidding mistakes

BuildBook Team

August 15, 2022

How To Retain Your Skilled Employees: Ideas to Keep Them Loyal
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How To Retain Your Skilled Employees: Ideas to Keep Them Loyal

The top tactics and ideas for construction companies to build loyalty and retain their most skilled employees

BuildBook Team

August 10, 2022

How to Create a Scope of Work (Free Template Included)
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How to Create a Scope of Work (Free Template Included)

What is a scope of work? Here's everything you need to know along with how to create them for residential construction projects.

BuildBook Team

August 4, 2022

How to Hire and Retain Good Subcontractors (and Spotting Who to Avoid)
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How to Hire and Retain Good Subcontractors (and Spotting Who to Avoid)

A blueprint for builders on how to negotiate and maintain a successful relationship with subcontrators

BuildBook Team

August 1, 2022

Employees or subcontractors. Which are better for home builders and remodelers?
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Employees or subcontractors. Which are better for home builders and remodelers?

Should you hire employees or subcontractors? Discover the pros and cons of each along with the data to help you determine which one is better for your business.

BuildBook Team

July 21, 2022

Subcontractor Agreements 101
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Subcontractor Agreements 101

Learn what a subcontractor agreement is, what it does, and why successful contractors use them to protect their business

BuildBook Team

July 12, 2022

Home Builder Profit Margins Explained
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Home Builder Profit Margins Explained

Discover the typical profit margin of a custom home builder and which stages of construction drive the most profit

BuildBook Team

June 30, 2022

How to Make $1,000,000 as a Residential Remodeler
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How to Make $1,000,000 as a Residential Remodeler

A blueprint for building a million-dollar residential remodeling company

BuildBook Team

June 22, 2022

How to Create a Winning Construction Proposal
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How to Create a Winning Construction Proposal

A builders guide to creating a residential construction proposal that wins more projects with higher profits

BuildBook Team

June 15, 2022

The Construction Management Software Buyers Guide
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The Construction Management Software Buyers Guide

A step-by-step guide to finding and choosing the best construction management software for your business

BuildBook Team

April 25, 2022

Join BuildBook at IBS 2022!
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Join BuildBook at IBS 2022!

Live demos, new features, free swag, engaging speakers, and more from BuildBook at IBS 2022

BuildBook Team

February 4, 2022

5 Free Construction Scheduling Templates
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5 Free Construction Scheduling Templates

Want to create a schedule for your construction project? Here are the 5 best construction schedule templates you can use for free.

BuildBook Team

January 12, 2022

BuildBook’s Most Powerful Year Yet
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BuildBook’s Most Powerful Year Yet

As we reflect on 2021, we’re still trying to wrap our heads around the number of game-changing enhancements we made to the BuildBook platform over the last 12 months!

BuildBook Team

December 30, 2021

Supporting Small Construction Businesses — Together
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Supporting Small Construction Businesses — Together

Ring’s End and BuildBook have teamed up to help home builders and remodelers run better projects and grow their business

BuildBook Team

November 19, 2021

The Top 10 TikTok Channels for Construction Pros
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The Top 10 TikTok Channels for Construction Pros

2022 TikTok guide for home builders and remodelers: who to follow and why it's important for your construction business

BuildBook Team

November 11, 2021

The Top 15 YouTube Channels For Builders and Remodelers
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The Top 15 YouTube Channels For Builders and Remodelers

The ultimate YouTube channel guide for the best construction content for professional builders and remodelers

BuildBook Team

October 29, 2021

What is Construction Management?
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What is Construction Management?

Everything you need to know about construction management and becoming a construction project manager — including information on degrees, salary, and more.

BuildBook Team

October 21, 2021

A Guide to Understanding Construction Calculators and Calculations
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A Guide to Understanding Construction Calculators and Calculations

Learn about the most common construction calculations and what construction calculators you should use to solve them

BuildBook Team

October 4, 2021

Construction Change Orders 101
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Construction Change Orders 101

Everything you need to know about how to create, manage, and invoice construction change orders

BuildBook Team

September 23, 2021

Client Management for Construction - 7 Steps to Avoid Confusion and Conflict
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Client Management for Construction - 7 Steps to Avoid Confusion and Conflict

Learn the best strategies for managing your client communications before, during, and after a construction project to avoid confusion and conflict

BuildBook Team

September 15, 2021

Construction Scheduling: The Secret to Finishing Projects On Time and On Budget
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Construction Scheduling: The Secret to Finishing Projects On Time and On Budget

The essential guide to understanding and creating construction schedules and the benefits of using construction scheduling software

BuildBook Team

August 31, 2021

Construction Budget 101: Everything You Need to Know
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Construction Budget 101: Everything You Need to Know

Learn how to prepare a construction budget, why they are important, what costs to include, and the common mistakes to avoid.

BuildBook Team

August 25, 2021

6 Reasons Why You Need Construction Management Software
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6 Reasons Why You Need Construction Management Software

Learn the top 6 reasons why construction management software is a must for residential home builders and remodelers and how to select the best software for your construction business

BuildBook Team

August 19, 2021

The Essential Guide to Understanding Construction Task Management
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The Essential Guide to Understanding Construction Task Management

Everything you need to know about Construction Task Management and how to use it effectively to run better projects

BuildBook Team

August 18, 2021

The Essential Guide to SEO for Home Builders and Remodelers
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The Essential Guide to SEO for Home Builders and Remodelers

Discover exactly what to do to help your home building or remodeling website rank in search engines with this helpful guide.

Guest Writer

August 13, 2021

How to Make Managing Client Selections a Breeze
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How to Make Managing Client Selections a Breeze

By setting expectations and using the right tools, managing client selections can be an enjoyable part of running your construction projects.

BuildBook Team

November 10, 2020

Construction Contracts Explained – Choosing the Right One for Your Business
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Construction Contracts Explained – Choosing the Right One for Your Business

The pros and cons of the 3 most popular construction contracts – fixed-fee, cost-plus management fee, cost-plus percentage

BuildBook Team

June 28, 2021

Construction Punch Lists: Everything You Need to Know
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Construction Punch Lists: Everything You Need to Know

Understand what a construction punch list is, how it’s used, and the components needed to create one. Everything you need to know about a punch list along with a free template for creating your own.

BuildBook Team

June 14, 2021

Introducing a Simple, Powerful Way to Run Projects
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Introducing a Simple, Powerful Way to Run Projects

Welcome to a new kind of all-in-one construction software that is fast and powerful, but simple to use, with the most important features you need to run better projects.

BuildBook Team

April 28, 2021

How to Get More 5-Star Reviews For Your Construction Company
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How to Get More 5-Star Reviews For Your Construction Company

How to capture more positive reviews and use them to reach more home building and remodeling clients

BuildBook Team

April 9, 2021

Buildertrend Buys CoConstruct: Response and Reactions from Builders & Remodelers
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Buildertrend Buys CoConstruct: Response and Reactions from Builders & Remodelers

Home builders and remodelers share their thoughts, hopes, and concerns about the Buildertrend & CoConstruct acquisition

BuildBook Team

March 8, 2021

Buildertrend + CoConstruct Acquisition - now what?
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Buildertrend + CoConstruct Acquisition - now what?

Buildertrend announced today that they have acquired CoConstruct.

BuildBook Team

February 24, 2021

The Results Are In — Everyone Hates Project Management Software
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The Results Are In — Everyone Hates Project Management Software

We asked 100's of home builders and remodelers how to improve project management software. This is what they said ...

BuildBook Team

February 19, 2021

The Construction Business Roadmap to Client Happiness
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The Construction Business Roadmap to Client Happiness

Construction business expert, Shawn Van Dyke, lays out a simple roadmap to create happy clients on every project

BuildBook Team

February 10, 2021

6 Ways to Create a BuildBook Portfolio That Stands Out
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6 Ways to Create a BuildBook Portfolio That Stands Out

We’re breaking down how to use your Portfolio to differentiate your business from all the rest and ultimately get more new customers.

BuildBook Team

February 4, 2021

7 Must-Haves for Your Construction Website
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7 Must-Haves for Your Construction Website

Here are the most important components of a killer contractor website.

BuildBook Team

January 29, 2021

How this Custom Home Builder Freed Up Time and Started Winning Better Projects
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How this Custom Home Builder Freed Up Time and Started Winning Better Projects

The story behind the growth and success of Brady Colt Custom Homes

BuildBook Team

January 19, 2021

15 Construction Industry Predictions for 2021
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15 Construction Industry Predictions for 2021

If you thought 2020 was crazy, check out our predictions for what 2021 has in store for the construction industry.

Dana Severson

December 30, 2020

A Recap of a Wildly Unpredictable Year
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A Recap of a Wildly Unpredictable Year

Although 2020 presented challenges, we've seen firsthand how resilient the construction industry is and what an awesome community it is to be a part of.

BuildBook Team

December 30, 2020

Part 3: Diaries of a Newbie Contractor – Crossing the Finish Line
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Part 3: Diaries of a Newbie Contractor – Crossing the Finish Line

Part 3 of confessions from a first-time contractor just getting started: What else could possibly go wrong?

Jenni Wileman

November 3, 2020

Welcome to the Future of Construction Management
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Welcome to the Future of Construction Management

Marketing, sales, and project tools to improve your client's experience, from first impression to final payment.

BuildBook Team

October 20, 2020

Part 2: Diaries of a Newbie Contractor – The Worst Mistake Yet
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Part 2: Diaries of a Newbie Contractor – The Worst Mistake Yet

Part 2 of confessions from a first-time contractor just getting started: More delays and big mistakes 😕

Jenni Wileman

October 14, 2020

How to Quickly Qualify and Score Construction Leads
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How to Quickly Qualify and Score Construction Leads

These are the questions you need to ask to quickly determine if a potential project or client is right for your construction business.

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

Part 1: Diaries of a Newbie Contractor – Mistakes on My First Project as a Contractor
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Part 1: Diaries of a Newbie Contractor – Mistakes on My First Project as a Contractor

Part 1 of confessions from a first-time contractor just getting started: Expensive mistakes and hard lessons learned on my first project.

Jenni Wileman

October 14, 2020

Houzz of Cards: The Unfortunate and Ugly Truth About Marketplaces for Pro Contractors
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Houzz of Cards: The Unfortunate and Ugly Truth About Marketplaces for Pro Contractors

What you need to know before signing an expensive annual contract with Houzz Pro, HomeAdvisor or Angi. And, what you can do instead.

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

The Complete Guide to Instagram for Home Builders and Remodelers
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The Complete Guide to Instagram for Home Builders and Remodelers

The 2022 top tricks, tips, and advice to generating leads and new clients on Instagram from the home builders and remodelers who do it best.

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

The Builder's Guide to Creating Great Project Photos For Your Portfolio
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The Builder's Guide to Creating Great Project Photos For Your Portfolio

Everything a builder or remodeler needs to know to create amazing photos — even with your phone — that impress new potential clients.

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

Introducing the all-new BuildBook Web App
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Introducing the all-new BuildBook Web App

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the BuildBook web app and a new app redesign! Your account is now available everywhere you are.

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

How to Build a Remarkable Home Building or Remodeling Portfolio That Wins Clients
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How to Build a Remarkable Home Building or Remodeling Portfolio That Wins Clients

If you want to win more clients, you need a great portfolio to showcase your work. Here are the most important things you need to consider.

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

Marketing for Home Builders and Remodelers: Push vs. Pull
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Marketing for Home Builders and Remodelers: Push vs. Pull

What's the difference between push versus pull marketing? And, which one should home builders and remodelers use to market their construction business?

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

4 Things That Every Client Wants to Know
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4 Things That Every Client Wants to Know

In construction, clients are looking for more than just quality craftsmanship. The key to happiness is hidden in these 4 essential things.

Dana Severson

October 14, 2020

How we can get through this crisis by building together
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How we can get through this crisis by building together

Announcing a program to help residential construction companies negatively impacted by the current disruption caused by COVID-19.

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

3 Steps to Increase Client Referrals for Your Construction Business
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3 Steps to Increase Client Referrals for Your Construction Business

Did you know that there is a way to double the revenue in your construction business that won't cost you a dime? We're going to show you how.

Dana Severson

October 14, 2020

New in v2.0: Custom workspaces, portfolios, video posts, mobile doc uploading and more!
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New in v2.0: Custom workspaces, portfolios, video posts, mobile doc uploading and more!

Last month we brought you our biggest release of the year. Now, less than 30 days later, we’re bringing you our biggest release EVER!

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

New in v1.8: Task types, checklists, enhanced filters, faster posts and much more!
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New in v1.8: Task types, checklists, enhanced filters, faster posts and much more!

BuildBook 1.8 is our biggest release of the year - and there is much more to come in early 2020!

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

New in v1.7: new web features, mobile editing and organization, and more
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New in v1.7: new web features, mobile editing and organization, and more

Major improvements to BuildBook web, post and photo editing, enhanced tasks, and more.

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

Why I'm Joining BuildBook
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Why I'm Joining BuildBook

When I met the BuildBook team, I realized they had the focus and technology to solve one of our industry's biggest challenges.

Shawn Van Dyke

October 14, 2020

New in v1.5: Search Posts, Photo Comments, and More
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New in v1.5: Search Posts, Photo Comments, and More

Simple Search. Advanced Filtering. Photos in Comments. Read on to learn about all of the new goodies in BuildBook v1.5.

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

Make Things Clear. It Makes Your Life Easier.
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Make Things Clear. It Makes Your Life Easier.

Maintain clarity in your communications to take control of your workweek and do more of what you love.

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

Be Consistent. And Eliminate Stress.
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Be Consistent. And Eliminate Stress.

The key to success, and less aggravation, is being reliable for your team and your clients.

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

Keep Things Simple. It Keeps Clients Happy.
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Keep Things Simple. It Keeps Clients Happy.

If you’re a home builder, your picture of success is fairly simple: you want to keep clients happy and win more business.

BuildBook Team

October 14, 2020

BuildBook Product Update - March 2019
Product
BuildBook Product Update - March 2019

Since our launch at IBS last month, there’s been a ton of action at BuildBook. We're really excited about all the progress and wanted...

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

JLC Live New England - 2019 Show Preview
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JLC Live New England - 2019 Show Preview

JLC Live New England 2019 is almost here. Here is our preview of some of the sessions we're excited to attend.

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

2019 International Builders Show Recap
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2019 International Builders Show Recap

We officially launched BuildBook at #IBS2019 and are so humbled by the warm welcome from the global building community.

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

4 Tips To Manage Your Clients Like a Pro
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4 Tips To Manage Your Clients Like a Pro

Investing time and energy in building healthy client relationships can help you navigate any problem with integrity and fairness.

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

Breaking Ground: Introducing BuildBook
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Breaking Ground: Introducing BuildBook

The backstory of BuildBook - where we came from, where we are, and where we're going.

Carson Miller

October 14, 2020

How to Create a Scope of Work Template in Word
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How to Create a Scope of Work Template in Word

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a scope of work for construction projects in Word with a free template

BuildBook Team

August 19, 2022

How to Create a Construction Change Order Template in Excel
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How to Create a Construction Change Order Template in Excel

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction change order in Excel with a free template

BuildBook Team

May 17, 2022

How to Create a Construction Budget Template in Excel
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How to Create a Construction Budget Template in Excel

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction budget in Excel with a free template

BuildBook Team

May 9, 2022

How to Create a Construction Punch List in Excel
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How to Create a Construction Punch List in Excel

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction punch list in Excel with a free template

BuildBook Team

May 3, 2022

How to Cancel Your Houzz Pro Account
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How to Cancel Your Houzz Pro Account

Looking to cancel your Houzz Pro account? Here is the fine print and the steps you should follow.

BuildBook Team

December 17, 2021

How to Create a Construction Change Order in Google Sheets
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How to Create a Construction Change Order in Google Sheets

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction change order with a free template in Google Sheets

BuildBook Team

December 16, 2021

How to Cancel Your CoConstruct Account
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How to Cancel Your CoConstruct Account

Looking to cancel your CoConstruct account? Here is the fine print and simple steps you should take.

BuildBook Team

December 16, 2021

Why Builders and Remodelers Should Join the Floor & Decor PRO Premier Rewards Program
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Why Builders and Remodelers Should Join the Floor & Decor PRO Premier Rewards Program

BuildBook and Floor & Decor have teamed up on PRO Premier Rewards. Learn about all of the benefits of joining the Program.

BuildBook Team

September 17, 2021

How to Create a Construction Calculator to Qualify Projects in Google Sheets
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How to Create a Construction Calculator to Qualify Projects in Google Sheets

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction project qualification calculator with a free template in Google Sheets

BuildBook Team

August 5, 2021

How to Create a Construction Punch List Template in Google Sheets
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How to Create a Construction Punch List Template in Google Sheets

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction punch list with a free template in Google Sheets

BuildBook Team

July 26, 2021

How to Create a Construction Budget Template in Google Sheets
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How to Create a Construction Budget Template in Google Sheets

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction budget with a free template in Google Sheets

BuildBook Team

July 8, 2021

How to Cancel Your Buildertrend Account
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How to Cancel Your Buildertrend Account

Looking to cancel your Buildertrend account? Here are the simple steps you should take that will remove any headaches and save you time and money.

BuildBook Team

March 12, 2021

Best Free Contractor Website Template
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Best Free Contractor Website Template

The website template you choose for your business and how you set it up should represent who you are, the work you specialize in, and should be easy for consumers to get in touch and open a conversation.

BuildBook Team

December 23, 2020

4 Things to Know Before Using a Construction Schedule Template
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4 Things to Know Before Using a Construction Schedule Template

Discover the three types of construction schedule templates, which one is right for you, and how to find or create one of your own

BuildBook Team

December 21, 2020

How to Create a Construction Schedule Template in Google Sheets
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How to Create a Construction Schedule Template in Google Sheets

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction schedule with a free template in Google Sheets

BuildBook Team

December 18, 2020

How to Create a Construction Schedule
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How to Create a Construction Schedule

5 simple steps to create a residential or commercial construction schedule template or Gantt chart in Excel or Google Sheets

BuildBook Team

December 17, 2020

How to Create a Construction Schedule Template in Excel
How-To
How to Create a Construction Schedule Template in Excel

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a construction schedule in Excel with a free template

BuildBook Team

December 17, 2020

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