Severe Weather Tips for Businesses

As most of us are aware, Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to November 30th each year.  This means that we are now more than halfway through the season, and for Florida, Hurricane Ian has reminded all of us how powerful and destructive these storms can be. As I write this, in the wake of Hurricane Ian, more than 1.9 million homes and businesses in Florida are still without power; that is down from more than 3.5 million power customers affected by Ian since it hit Florida’s West Coast on Wednesday.

Beyond power loss, the widespread destruction to homes and properties, as well as unfathomable flooding (700+ water rescues so far), will require a long and heavy recovery process.  On top of that, a resurgent Hurricane Ian is currently making a second landfall in South Carolina, where power outages were starting to grow as the storm approached.

And while many construction industry professionals will be carrying a heavy load of responsibility in this recovery process, it is important to not lose sight on how preparation can better position all of us for these extreme weather events. As a construction industry professional, weather conditions hold significant importance to your job sites, crews, and clients, even more so than other industries.  Safety and communication are crucial in managing clients’ expectations and employees. For this reason, it is prudent to be ahead of the weather by reviewing your safety plan and implementing some basic guidelines:

Prepare Clients – When executing a contract, it is best practice to have a clause covering the possibility of delays due to natural forces and unforeseen circumstances.  Although it may be in the fine print, it is crucial that you make sure your clients understand the potential implications of severe weather conditions on the project and construction timeline. Managing expectations is paramount in maintaining a quality and long-term relationship with your clients. Be upfront and direct about the possibility of delays due to weather while communicating your plans and intentions for following through on the original and proposed timeline. Such delays will also directly impact other outstanding projects, so balance your schedule and communicate realistic expectations with all clients who may be affected.

Once the storm has passed, have project managers touch base with clients of open projects. Don’t wait for damage to be reported to you. When it’s safe, work to get your teams on your job sites to assess and document damage (if any) and report back as soon as possible. Additionally, you can keep your clients’ minds at ease by communicating what you will be doing and keeping them informed with status updates.

Prepare Crews – If you don’t already have a weather safety plan and guidelines for your crews in place, creating a plan should be a priority.  In addition to foremen and crews demonstrating a clear understanding of all safety regulations and equipment, job sites should be properly outfitted with safety instructions, tools, and gear.  Provide crews with a checklist for securing the site in the case of severe weather. Take time each year to review your plan for applicability and effectiveness.  Consider adding additional training or tools. With September being National Preparedness Month, Ready.gov has many resources you can use to create or revise your current Disaster Plan, as well as tools for preparing and recovering from flooding and hurricane damage.

Prepare Office – Beyond securing property, technology, and equipment, your office will benefit from a proper plan for managing employee communication, evacuations, office equipment and more.  You will want to assess all possible hazards that exist and could potentially have an impact on operations.  Designate lead points of contact for every department early in the process, along with proper distribution of an emergency call tree.

Once the storm has passed, have the department leaders check in with all employees on their safety, as well as their ability to return to the office. Be clear about office hours, the status of your job sites and facilities, as well as any support your company may be providing for employees during recovery.

Being ready for severe weather is more than safety kits, canned food, water, and flashlights. For construction business owners, there are various levels of liability, extending from the job site to the office. By having a comprehensive plan in place, you can provide a sense of security for employees and clients during the uncertain and stressful conditions resulting from extreme weather events.

For more information on construction industry trends and business tips, stay connected with the HBW Blog. To get ahead of construction activity and gain access to the latest permitting data in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma, contact HBW for more information on construction data reports and industry leads.

Top Pool Builders in Florida – August 2022

A review of leading swimming pool contractors in Florida during the month of August

If you have been keeping up with the HBW blog, then you are already aware of the latest statistics on Florida’s swimming pool construction last month.  In our most recent post, the southwestern region of Florida was in the spotlight, as approximately 35 percent of all new swimming pool construction took place there during the month of August.  When looking at the Sunshine State overall, there were nearly 3,250 new swimming pool permits with a total construction value of approximately $225 million last month.

When it comes to swimming pool contractors, the leaderboard widely varies by region.  For this reason, here is a summary of the leading pool builders, by Florida region, for the month of August 2022:

Southwest

As previously mentioned, Southwest Florida ranked #1 for new swimming pool construction last month, having nearly 1,125 new swimming pool permits with a total construction value of approximately $75.2 million. 

Out of the nearly 210 swimming pool contractors on record for the month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits
1-Aragon Pools & Spas54
2-Pinnacle USA46
3-Artesian Pool Construction45
4-Coast to Coast Pools43
5-Trusted Pool & Spa39

Southeast

In the southeastern region of Florida, there were 718 new pool permits with a total construction value of nearly $47 million on record for the month of August. 

Out of nearly 250 pool contractors with new construction activity in the area last month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits
1-A&G Concrete Pools34
2-Van Kirk Construction30
3-Pools by Greg19
4-Sunsational Pools & Spa18
5-Apex Pavers & Pools17

Tampa

In Tampa, there were 660 new swimming pool construction permits with a total value of nearly $50 million last month. 

Out of the 170 pool builders with new construction activity on record in the area last month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits for the one-month period:

BuilderTotal Permits
1-Bob’s Pool Service54
2-Challenger Pools52
3-Central Florida Pools26
4-Gulfstream Pools & Spas20
5-Modern Pools17

Orlando

Last month, the Orlando area had more than 475 new swimming pool permits with a total construction value of nearly $30.2 million on record with HBW.

Out of more than 110 pool contractors with new construction on record for the month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits
1-Dreamscapes Pools & Spas44
2-American Pools & Spas31
3-All Seasons27
4-Martin Pools19
5-Bob’s Pool Service19

Jacksonville

Finally, in Jacksonville there were nearly 270 new swimming pool permits with a total construction value of more than $22.3 million last month.

Out of approximately 80 pool contractors with new construction activity on record in the region last month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits
1-Agua Pools & Spas28
2-Blue Haven Pools15
3-Pools by John Clarkson13
4-Island Pools12
5-Waldhauer & Son12

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Southwest Florida Leads New Swimming Pool Construction in August

A review of the latest permit data for new swimming pool construction in Southwest Florida during the month of August 2022

When reviewing the latest construction permitting data available from the HBW database, we found nearly 3,250 new swimming pool permits in Florida for the month of August.  Based on HBW’s construction data reports, last month appears to be the strongest summer month for swimming pool construction this year, with June and July having 2,430 and 2,460 new permits on record respectively.

Out of the five regions (Tampa, Southwest, Southeast, Orlando, Jacksonville) that make up the Sunshine State, there is one region that has been consistently holding its lead in new pool construction month after month, and that region is the Southwest.

In August, approximately 35 percent of all new swimming pool construction in Florida originated from the southwestern region – Last month, there were nearly 1,125 new swimming pool permits with a total construction value of approximately $75.2 million.  The average value of construction landed on the lower range in comparison to other major regions reviewed, coming in at $66,897 for the one-month period.

When looking at figures from a countywide perspective, more than 80 percent of all new swimming pool construction in the Southwest took place in Lee County (430 permits), Manatee County (248 permits) and Collier County (229 permits), where the average value of new construction ranged from a low of $62,319 (Lee County) to a high of $71,676 (Collier County).

Last month, there were nearly 210 swimming pool contractors with new permits on record with HBW in the southwestern region.  When looking at the contractors with the greatest total amount of new permits on record for the one-month period, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-Aragon Pools & Spas54 $        32,778.00
2-Pinnacle USA46 $        58,804.00
3-Artesian Pool Construction45 $        64,486.00
4-Coast to Coast Pools43 $        46,175.00
5-Trusted Pool & Spa39 $        73,367.00

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Florida Top Home Builders – August 2022

A list of the top home builders in Florida during the month of August

Last week, we reviewed new residential construction permit data for the Sunshine State during the month of August, at which time we reported just over 9,000 new residential construction permits on record with HBW for the one-month period.  This week, we are taking a closer look at the leading home builders driving new construction figures across the state.

Across the five major regions reviewed (Tampa, Southwest, Orlando, Southeast, Jacksonville), Lennar Homes and D.R. Horton led the market, having 1,141 and 925 new residential construction permits on record for the one-month period respectively.  Combined, they carried approximately 23 percent of all new home construction activity statewide for the month.

Here is a closer look at leading contractors by Florida region, as based on total new residential construction permits on record with HBW for the month of August 2022:

Tampa

Out of the nearly 270 active contractors with new permits on record in the Tampa area last month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-Lennar Homes314 $      292,918.00
2-D.R. Horton275 $      243,172.00
3-The Villages of Lake Sumter158 $      311,285.00
4-Pulte Homes145 $      243,147.00
5-Taylor Morrison84 $      388,265.00

Southwest

Last month, there were approximately 455 contractors with residential construction permits on record with HBW in the southwestern region of Florida, and the following ranked as top five for the greatest number of new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-Lennar Homes280 $      148,762.00
2-Pulte Homes214 $      221,898.00
3-Taylor Morrison153 $      192,124.00
4-Neal Communities of SW FL121 $      306,108.00
5-D.R. Horton107 $      234,124.00

Orlando

Out of approximately 220 contractors with new residential construction activity on record in the Orlando area last month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-Lennar Homes253 $      187,014.00
2-D.R. Horton241 $      301,564.00
3-Pulte Homes124 $      328,881.00
4-Dream Finders Homes85 $      314,320.00
5-M/I Homes56 $      294,399.00

Southeast

In the southeastern region of the state, there were 170 active home builders with new construction activity on record last month, and the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-Lennar Homes215 $      255,297.00
2-D.R. Horton100 $      181,162.00
3-Pulte Homes70 $      379,597.00
4-Gl Building Corporation64 $      355,384.00
5-Ryan Homes55 $      239,279.00

Jacksonville

Last month, there were more than 165 home builders with new construction activity on record in the Jacksonville area, and the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-D.R. Horton202 $      210,888.00
2-KB Homes131 $      126,958.00
3-Dream Finders Construction129 $      241,444.00
4-American Classic Homes120 $        85,000.00
5-Mattamy Homes113 $      178,494.00

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Florida New Home Construction Report – August 2022

An overview of permit data for new residential construction in Florida during the month of August

Last month, there were just over 9,000 new residential construction permits with a total value in excess of $2.7 billion added to the HBW database for Florida; this reflects approximately a 20 percent month-over-month increase in new home construction activity.

Top Markets

Out of the five regions reviewed (Southwest, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Southeast), nearly 54 percent of all new home construction activity originated from the Southwest and Tampa areas last month where there were 2,495 and 2,351 new permits respectively. In addition to the Southwest and Tampa areas, higher levels of new residential construction activity could also be found in Orlando (1,674 permits), as well as Jacksonville (1,458 permits).

Leading Counties

Out of the five regions reviewed last month, there were several counties that carried higher levels of new residential construction activity; those counties include Lee County (963 permits) in the southwestern portion of the state, and Pasco County (664 permits) and Polk County (600 permits) in the Tampa area.  Additionally, Duval County (Jacksonville) and Orange County (Orlando) exhibited greater concentrations of new home construction in comparison to other counties reviewed as there were 535 and 488 new permits on record for the one-month period respectively.

Average Value of Construction

During the month of August, the average value of new home construction across the Sunshine State ranged from a low of $244,461 (Jacksonville) to a high of $346,980 (Southeast). Here is a look at the average value of new home construction statewide during the month of August:

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

HBW Report: Top Texas Home Builders – August 2022

A review of leading residential construction contractors in Texas during the month of August

Last week, we used HBW construction data reports to review the latest permit data for new residential construction in Texas; based on the latest reports, there were 7,515 new permits with a total value in excess of $2 billion added to the HBW database during the month of August.

As noted in the earlier post, there were hundreds of home builders with new permits on record last month, and D.R. Horton and Lennar Homes continued to hold major power in the market, having 1,139 and 696 new permits on record respectively.  Other leading contractors with higher concentrations of new permitting activity throughout the state included KB Homes (239 permits) and Pulte Homes (253 permits).

Here is a closer look at the top five home builders in each major metro area of Texas, based on the total number of new permits added to the HBW database last month:

Houston

Last month, there were approximately 340 home builders with new permits on record in the Houston area, and the following ranked as the top five total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-D.R. Horton483 $      129,812.00
2-Camillo Properties190 $      147,790.00
3-Lennar Homes188 $      195,503.00
4-Meritage Homes124 $      248,597.00
5-Wan Pacific Real Estate Development117 $      165,044.00

Dallas

In Dallas, there were more than 290 contractors with new residential construction activity on record with HBW last month, and the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-D.R. Horton555 $      179,430.00
2-Lennar Homes232 $      202,318.00
3-Trophy Signature Homes111 $      274,016.00
4-Bloomfield Homes97 $      405,235.00
5-Meritage Homes92 $      267,425.00

Austin

Last month, there were nearly 125 home builders with new construction activity on record in the Austin area, and the following ranked as the top five for total new permits for the one-month period:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-Lennar Homes150 $      154,390.00
2-KB Homes147 $      253,606.00
3-D.R. Horton99 $      200,416.00
4-Taylor Morrison Homes79 $      365,183.00
5-David Weekley Homes64 $      436,978.00

San Antonio

In San Antonio, there were nearly 120 contractors with new residential construction activity on record last month, and the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

BuilderTotal Permits Average Value
1-Lennar Homes126 $  174,315.00
2-KB Homes55 $  254,109.00
3-Pulte Homes52 $  241,012.00
4-M/I Homes51 $  237,283.00
5-LGI Homes30 $  202,760.00

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Texas Residential Construction Report – August 2022

An overview of the latest permit data for new residential construction in Texas during the month of August

The latest construction data reports for new home construction in Texas are posted and available through HBW.  Based on those reports, there were 7,515 new residential construction permits with a total value in excess of $2 billion added to the HBW database last month for the Lone Star State (Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio); this reflects a 33 percent month-over-month increase in new residential construction. 

Out of the four metro areas reviewed, the area with the greatest amount of new construction activity was Houston; with 3,070 new permits on record and a total construction value of nearly $734 million, Houston has demonstrated a month-over-month increase in new home construction of approximately 42 percent.

Not far behind Houston, Dallas ranked second highest for new home construction activity, having 2,704 new permits on record for the one-month period, followed by Austin (1,043 permits) and San Antonio (698 permits).

When looking at the average value of new home construction, Austin has continued its somewhat recent lead as it held an average value of more than $333k for new residential construction, followed by Dallas with an average construction value of approximately $287k.

Out of the hundreds of active home builders with new permits on record with HBW last month, D.R. Horton and Lennar Homes continued to hold major power in the market, having 1,139 and 696 new permits on record respectively.  Other top home builders with higher concentrations of new permitting activity throughout the state include KB Homes (239 permits) and Pulte Homes (253 permits).

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

HBW Report: Texas Swimming Pool Construction – August 2022

An overview of the latest permit data for new swimming pool construction in Texas during the month of August 2022

On a regular basis, HBW reviews the latest permit data available from the HBW database, providing readers insight into the valuable information and stats that can be gained from reports available to HBW subscribers.  Not only does this information provide readers with a sneak peek into the market from a monthly, quarterly, and annual perspective, but it also allows users to understand patterns in the market, as well as identify prospects and opportunities for expanding their businesses.

Today, we are looking specifically at the latest data on new swimming pool construction in the four major metro areas of Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio) during the month of August.  Last month, there were 1,175 new swimming pool construction permits with a total value of approximately $68.4 million added to the HBW database for the Lone Star State.  Out of the four regions reviewed, the greatest concentration of new pool construction could be found in Dallas (523 permits), while the highest average value of new swimming pool construction could be found in Houston (average value: $73,364).

Here is an overview of the total permits, average construction values, top counties, and leading contractors by region for new pool construction in Texas last month:

Dallas

Total # of Permits: 523

Average Value of Construction: $52,766

Top County for New Construction: Collin County (169 permits)

Top 3 Pool Builders (based on total new permits in August 2022):

BuilderTotal Permits
1-Gold Medal Pools21
2-Riverbend Pools21
3-Foley Custom Pools19

Houston

Total # of Permits: 374

Average Value of Construction: $73,364

Top County for New Construction: Harris County (174 permits)

Top 3 Pool Builders (based on total new permits in August 2022):

BuilderTotal Permits
1-Platinum Pools22
2-McKinney Custom Pools21
3-Anthony & Sylvan Pools19

Austin

Total # of Permits: 171

Average Value of Construction: $55,143

Top County for New Construction: Travis County (127 permits)

Top 3 Pool Builders (based on total new permits in August 2022):

BuilderTotal Permits
1-Denali Pools10
2-Cody Pools10
3-Premier Pools & Spas of Austin6

San Antonio

Total # of Permits: 107

Average Value of Construction: $36,851

Top County for New Construction: Bexar County (84 permits)

Top 3 Pool Builders (based on total new permits in August 2022):

BuilderTotal Permits
1-Gary Pools15
2-Cody Pools14
3-Keith Zars Pools9

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Industry Events

A review of industry expos and conventions to consider adding to your calendar

Every now and then, it is good to refresh and recharge, and when it comes to your business, a solid refresh may come in the form of an industry expo or conference. Such industry events give a chance for business leaders to gain new insight, resources, and networking opportunities.

As the final quarter of 2022 is just around the corner, we took one quick look at upcoming industry conferences and gathered a few to consider in the coming months.  Here are four upcoming industry conventions and trade shows that are on the calendar for late 2022:

FBMA Convention & Trade Show

Date: September 28, 2022

Location: Rosen Shingle Creek – Orlando, Florida

Details: The Florida Building Material Alliance Convention and Trade Show includes industry-wide exhibitors, hundreds of attendees, guest speakers, educational executive panel discussions and the opportunity to network.

Website: https://fbma.org/product/fbma-convention-and-trade-show/

ContractorCon

Date: October 6-7, 2022

Location: Hyatt Regency – Orlando, Florida

Details: Contractor Con is designed for commercial construction owners, contractors, and tradespeople. Through providing strategies, insight, and networking opportunities, the event is geared to help grow commercial construction businesses.

Website: https://contractor-con.com/

METALCON

Date: October 12-14, 2022

Location: Indiana Convention Center

Details: METALCON is the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in construction and design. It features innovative metal construction products and solutions, while connecting visitors with metal construction industry vendors and thought leaders.

Website: https://www.metalcon.com/

RoofCON

Date: November 6-8, 2022

Location: Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

Details: RoofCON is a roofing and solar conference that is a “no-pitch” conference which means nothing is sold directly from the presenters. From brand building to leadership strategies, the event features leaders to provide knowledge, insight, and training.

Website: https://roofcon.com/

For more information on construction industry updates and business tips, stay connected with the HBW Blog.  To get ahead of construction activity and gain access to the latest permitting data in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma, contact HBW for more information on construction data reports and industry leads.

Making Marketing Efforts Hit Local Targets

Ways to ensure your business is easily found by a local audience

Marketing has taken on so many different forms, all of which continue to evolve as technology rapidly expands. That being stated, just because you have the ability to be everywhere at all times thanks to online opportunities, doesn’t mean that casting a wide net in your marketing efforts will be the most effective for your business.

When it comes to contractor marketing, capturing a local audience is powerful as most services will only be offered in certain locations.  Aside from major national corporations, the majority of construction professionals work within a limited area, usually a particular region or select areas throughout a given state.

For this reason, it is vital that your marketing efforts include methods for engaging and building your local audience. Here are five local marketing strategies to consider as you move forward:

  1. Capture Local Reviews – Testimonials and reviews are an essential tool in converting a prospect to a client, and when it comes to local marketing, it is vital that the reviews that you share represent happy customers from the local area. Local positive reviews build trust and can go a long way in building your reputation.
  2. Optimize Your Website – As you may or may not know, your website is found through searches based on keywords.  For this reason, you will want to optimize your website so that it shows up in relevant and organic searches. The best place to start is to survey your team for their own ideas of what keywords they would use when searching your services, and then perform keyword research to find out the most relevant keywords being used in Google for related services in your area. From there, begin adding those keywords to pertinent pages and sections on your website.
  3. Create Local Content – From blogs and infographics to videos and whitepapers there are so many ways to develop content that resonates with your audience. When it comes to capturing locals, you will need to create content that is specific to your area. For example, a video on Hurricane Preparedness is perfect for a local audience in Florida, while a blog on Preparing Your Landscape for Winter would be more helpful and attract an audience in a colder climate.
  4. Get Social – At this point, social media has become part of nearly everyone’s daily lives, and over time many helpful tools have developed for making sure your message is delivered to the right location at the right time. And while regular posts on your company page/profile are a given for maintaining an active presence on social media, there are community groups in place that can serve as a great way to connect with locals. Additionally, most social platforms offer options for you to create ads and campaigns that are targeted to very specific interests and locations (geo-target).
  5. Contact the Locals – While your marketing efforts can target locals through online efforts, there is no substitute for actively making contact offline. By using verified leads like those provided through HBW’s construction data and permit reports, you can filter your leads by specific location, from statewide to countywide, and everything in between.

For more information on construction business marketing tips, stay connected with the HBW Blog.  To get ahead of construction activity and gain access to the latest permitting data in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma, contact HBW for more information on construction data reports and industry leads.