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5 Ways to Make Residential Construction Labor More Attractive to Trades

By Paul Hanson, President of Epcon Franchising Residential construction has been facing a labor shortage since well before 2020. In fact, the industry has faced a shortage of between 250,000-400,000 jobs month over month since the Great Recession. That represents a significant skilled labor gap.

Not Immaterial: Ways to Reduce Construction Cost and Increase Buying Power

By Paul Hanson, President of Epcon Franchising Despite the financial curveballs 2020 has thrown, demand for housing is strong. According to the National Association of Home Builders, new home sales were up over 3% in the first half of 2020 compared with the same time

Partnering With a Franchise: Could It Solve Your QA Dilemma?

Builders across the country have found that franchising provides a roadmap to solve the challenges that come with building and managing a quality assurance (QA) program. Quality homebuilding franchises supply franchisees with a complete, field-tested QA system, along with multiple support options to help them

Improve Your Home Quality, Improve Your ROI

It might seem counter-intuitive to save money by spending money, but that’s what happens when you invest in a quality assurance (QA) program. So where does that savings come from? By eliminating callbacks and addressing the issues causing them. More than Just Money in Your

3 Things to Consider Before Developing a QA Program

A quality assurance (QA) program is an important part of any homebuilding business. These programs ensure customer satisfaction and maintain construction quality. Since QA is so important, you might think that everyone in the homebuilding industry is an expert on the subject, however, that’s often

Play to Win: Using the Lure of Big Builders to Create Opportunities for Your Projects

By Paul Hanson, President of Epcon Franchising Large home builders are called “national” builders for a reason. They’re big and they’re everywhere – probably in your market, too. Even if they’re not competing with you directly, they’re likely competing with you indirectly in one form

Predicting Profit: How to Know Your Margin Before You Close

By Paul Hanson, President of Epcon Franchising It’s no secret that the homebuilding business doesn’t have tremendous gross margins. If you believe in the traditional 20/60/20 model, where 20 percent of your cost is land, 60 percent is “sticks and bricks” and the final 20

Buying Land? 10 Tips to Find the Best of What’s Left

By Paul Hanson, President of Epcon Franchising The Great Recession changed everything with land acquisition. Before 2008, there were major developers in every significant market and buildable lots were plentiful. Since the recovery, lot inventory has been exhausted and most markets are experiencing shortages. What’s