Nailing Down a Competitive Bid

December 3, 2013 | Newsletter

A well-defined process can make bidding more accurate and productive.

Homeowners see the competitive bidding process as a way to get the most value for their money. But it doesn’t always work that way. Bids are only useful if they come from comparable companies, and if they are structured so that they can be accurately compared. Most owners, and even some architects, don’t do a good job at this.

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Plan to Succeed

November 5, 2013 | Newsletter

A complete set of plans and specs will eliminate problems and help ensure a smooth project.

Never underestimate the importance of good plans and specifications to a successful new home build. These crucial documents need to be fully completed in order to generate a realistic price, schedule, and contract. Too often, however, they’re left undone.

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Why the Time to Build Is NOW

October 8, 2013 | Newsletter

New homes won’t be any more affordable in a year or two.

Potential Las Vegas homebuyers who are waiting for costs to come down before building their dream home might want to reconsider. The fact is that the past year’s rise in new home prices will most likely continue. While higher interest rates and a weak dollar could play a role, the biggest factors will likely be the most basic ones of supply and demand.

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Size Matters: Choose Your Contractor Wisely

September 11, 2013 | Newsletter

The low-bid, budget company may cost more in the long run. Here’s why.

The Las Vegas housing market is improving with good values for existing homes playing a big part. Buying an existing house for a great price is only the first step in creating your new home. Many of today’s homebuyers are getting such a good deal that they have the ability to customize the new home to fit their family’s, needs with their aesthetics. Home construction, both new and remodeling, is increasing and with fewer custom contractors left after the recession the competition has increased. It is more important than ever to find the builder/contractor whose skills, staff and expertise is a match for your home.

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The Successful Outdoor Kitchen

August 30, 2013 | Newsletter

Creating a backyard gathering space that works hard and looks great.

Outdoor kitchens in Las Vegas are “cool” even in our summer heat. In a 2012 survey by Professional Builder magazine, a fourth of the respondents named outdoor kitchens as one of their top selling features. There’s no shortage of ideas for these spaces, as a simple online search will show, but the best ones have some important things in common: they’re easy to use, work well in less than ideal weather conditions, and are outfitted with thoughtfully chosen appliances and materials.

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Eliminate Surprises by Clearly Defining the Job

July 2, 2013 | Newsletter

Steve, Bart and the Merlin Contracting team understand that building a new home is one of the most important investments a family will make. In many cases it represents the single largest financial investment. The home is designed and built to provide years of pleasure, comfort, and security. It is the physical manifestation of “family” and the place where celebration and joy are expressed and experienced.

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The Launching Pad: Preconstruction Meeting

June 4, 2013 | Newsletter

Without a successful take-off, a safe landing is impossible.

All homebuyers want their new home to turn out just as they envisioned, built on schedule, and for the agreed upon price. As a Professional Builder, we want exactly the same thing. That’s what makes the preconstruction meeting so important. This is a time for builder and client to ensure all of the new home’s details are clear and agreed upon. Clients who get the most from the preconstruction meeting know what to expect and come prepared to fully participate.

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Minimize Stress and Maximize Sanity

May 7, 2013 | Newsletter

Building a home can be stressful. Savvy homeowners choose a builder who will make it less so. But beyond making certain the company is licensed and insured and has provided a fair bid and a professional contract, how do owners determine whether a company will deliver on its promises and not tax their sanity? The answers lie in good systems. Companies with clearly defined management systems tend to be better organized, communicate more effectively and minimize unwanted surprises.

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Fighting Moisture and Mold

April 16, 2013 | Newsletter

No one wants to think about house mold or its underlying cause, moisture. As professional builders, however, we are aware of the dangers created by moisture infiltration and we are in a position to prevent it. That makes it our responsibility to lead the discussion.

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Sensible Green

March 5, 2013 | Newsletter

Happy St. Patrick’s day!! Building Success 101 Q: What is Thermal Mass? A: Thermal mass describes how certain building materials can help flatten out temperature swings. Masonry is probably the best example. A thick brick or tile floor next to south facing windows will soak up solar energy during the daytime, helping to keep the […]

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Is Geothermal in Your Future?

February 5, 2013 | Newsletter

Improving home energy efficiency and building more sustainable housing is no longer a trend — it’s mainstream. As a professional builder, we feel it’s important to keep up on emerging technologies that will down the line help our clients save money, improve comfort and reduce our impact on the environment.

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Merlin’s New Year’s Optimism

January 8, 2013 | Newsletter

All of us at Merlin Contracting wish our wonderful clients and your families a very Happy New Year! May all of your homes be filled with happiness, health and success. Last year, new clients along with old clients asked us to build and remodel their beautiful homes and condominiums. We sent our teams of craftsmen throughout the valley from Lee’s Canyon to Lake Las Vegas; from The Ridges to City Center. We loved the challenge of creating warm, exciting, artistic homes for the best clients in Las Vegas.

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