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Construction Labor Shortage: Study Finds 430,000 Workers Needed

The construction industry is getting busier every day and needs to hire a lot more workers to keep up.

PPP Loan Application Deadline Extended to May 31

The PPP Extension Act of 2021 is now official, giving small businesses across the U.S. more time to secure much-needed...


12 Things You Should Always Ask a Contractor Before Building a House

The idea of building a new home is exciting. However, if you don't ask your contractor the right questions prior...


10 Things To Do When You Have Contractor Problems

There's nothing quite like a home renovation that's firing on all cylinders. It's easy to get excited when your contractor...


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Crucial Differences Between Licensed & Unlicensed Contractors

Choosing an unlicensed contractor comes with legal liabilities for the homeowner.

Construction Industry Still Struggling With Skilled Labor Shortage

New analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows construction firms still have trouble finding and hiring skilled laborers...


5 Best Resources for Women in Skilled Trades

Succeeding as a woman in a historically male-centric industry is no small task. Here are some of the best resources...

Housing Starts Stumble to Start the Year

Home building activity dropped in January for the first time in six months. Is this the first sign of a...


Housing Starts End the Year at the Fastest Pace Since 2006

Home building activity surged at the end of the year, setting the stage for a busy 2021.


Lumber Prices Finally Fell in October (But Are Still Way Too High)

Lumber prices dropped in early October, but not nearly enough, and now home builders and lawmakers are working together to...


Home Builders and Remodelers Optimistic Heading Into Winter

Remodeling and home building are in high demand, and industry pros anticipate no letup over the next few months.

2021 International Builders’ Show Goes Virtual

The 2021 International Builders' Show is moving online out of an abundance of caution.


Code Check: Stair Codes for Rise, Run, and Nosing  

A simple but helpful summary of what the IRC code says about building stair rise, run, and nosing.