5 signs you’re a building firm owner suffering from stress…

Two-minute read: Trouble sleeping? Worrying? Forgetting stuff? The following five statements could be contributing to a build up of stress – and very common in small business owners. 1. You’re trying to be a builder, a manager, a bookkeeper, HR person… Delegate tasks where possible. Consider hiring help to take tasks like bookkeeping, site managing and…

Builders! Six reasons why you need to be on your game…

Potential customers don’t like poor communication even if the quote is in the right ball park for them Do you ever have dead cert, ‘in the bag’ jobs that still go elsewhere? What went wrong? The price was slap bang in the middle? They seemed interested…? Well you might be surprised to know that often…

Top 10 tips: How to win over high value customers

Want high value customers with profitable extension or new build projects? Then you need to know their likes and dislikes. First off, what you think customers look for in a builder and what they actually look for are two very different things, so making assumptions is a risky business. We work with Better Business Group…

The HBXL Estimating Service for internal works and extensions

Estimating Service for internal works and extensions helps builders provide professional estimates whilst busy elsewhere. One of the many benefits of using the HBXL Estimating Service for internal works and extensions estimating is that builders and developers can get their 100% accurate estimates and quotes produced whilst they are working elsewhere. Builders can rest assured…

Our exposé on inaccurate quoting

A builder using our HBXL’s EstimatorXpress software and Estimating Service, was offered a free estimate by his local builders’ merchant. The deal involved the fee being returned to him if he went on to buy the materials from them. So, curious, he decided to get them to price the job – he reasoned that even…

Soaring material price rises highlight need to stay on top of costs

 Research from the FMB in 2017 reported soaring material prices with 32% of builders reporting their margin being squeezed. Small building firms were asked which materials have increased the most and the results were as follows: Timber Insulation Bricks Blocks Windows Plasterboard / Slate (joint sixth) Boilers and radiators Porcelain products As you can see, the…