Why Builders Must Be Learners

December 1, 2015 | Newsletter

Continuing education is no longer optional.

What do today’s best builders have in common? Although the answer includes many items, there’s a common thread running through each of them: a commitment to ongoing learning. The know-how needed to build high-performance, durable homes is evolving faster than ever. That’s why top builders commit to continuing education in a variety of disciplines, including architecture, engineering, law, materials science, and management.

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The Value of Trusted Associations

November 17, 2015 | Newsletter

You can tell a lot about someone by his or her associates, and that’s as true for businesses as it is for individuals. Every successful business understands the value of ongoing trust-based relationships with other industry professionals.

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What Makes a Project a Success?

October 6, 2015 | Newsletter

It’s as much about the experience as the result.

Some homeowners have asked: How does a builder know when a project has been a success? Well, there’s good news—the answer to this question is one of the things that defines a great builder.

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How Long Have You Been in Business?

September 1, 2015 | Newsletter

Why this is a great question to ask a builder.

The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that it takes at least 3 to 5 years to create a sustainable building business. Most builders never get there: residential contractors have a failure rate higher than nearly every other business type, surpassed only by restaurants.

Only the strongest competitors survive this winnowing.

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The Connected Home

July 7, 2015 | Newsletter

New technologies put the smart home within reach of any homebuyer.

Connected home technology in the early 2000s was a costly proposition. In most cases, high-priced “structured wiring” linked a central server to the devices it managed and also to proprietary, hardwired keypads and control screens.

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What is Customer Satisfaction?

May 5, 2015 | Newsletter

Steve and I were born and raised in Las Vegas. It was a small town then and, in many ways, it is a small town today. Then and now – reputation is everything and reputations are built on experiences. Merlin’s company culture is based on giving our homeowners a positive and fulfilling experience during the creation of their homes.

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Managing Change

April 7, 2015 | Newsletter

Building a new home is a dynamic and exciting process. As professional homebuilders, Merlin Contracting’s goal is to make the process smooth and transparent for our clients. Once the job is underway, things happen quickly, so we work with clients to make decisions well ahead of time to help ensure they get their new home on schedule and within budget.

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Keeping Projects on Track

March 17, 2015 | Newsletter

Failure to make timely decisions is the number one culprit behind schedule and cost overruns. Homeowners play a key role in preventing these problems.

Some homeowners find it a challenge to make their final selection of products and materials. It’s easy to see why—with practically limitless choices in countertops, fixtures, tiles, windows, and other products, it can be difficult to settle on one model, style, or color.

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The Hidden Build Process

February 10, 2015 | Newsletter

Here’s a quick quiz…

It’s four or five months into a new custom build. The home is weather tight, plumbing and wiring have been roughed in, the insulation is in place, and drywall has been screwed to the walls and ceilings. The drywallers are sanding the seams in preparation for that first, shiny coat of paint. How do most homeowners feel?

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Why work with a Professional Builder and how do you find them?

January 13, 2015 | Newsletter

How homeowners benefit from the established builder’s systems and relationships.

The first question is what defines a professional builder and then it is how to find the right one. The State Nevada has a great resource for evaluating general contractors and homebuilders in Las Vegas and throughout the state. The Nevada State Contractors Board provides a wealth of information about current and past licensed contractors. It notes when a contractor became licensed and if they are still licensed. It states the construction amount limits the Board approved for each contractor, the exact trade their license covers and lists all disciplinary actions the board applied to licensed contractors.

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