You will never know all there is about the construction industry, it is humanly impossible. But I do believe the more your know the betters. Our program is a great starting point and the following items can help expand your knowledge as a professional builder.
1. Required Reading
As a builder, my time is very limited on what I can read about the construction industry. One of my favorite publications is The Journal of Light Construction. What a great magazine to learn all the tricks of construction – to properly construct areas of a home and handle related construction problems. You’ll acquire a Ph.D. in construction if you read this magazine every month.
The next one is Builder Magazine. This publication will keep you abreast of the market, national trends, what’s hot and what’s not, and all the new products coming on the market. If you join the Home builder’s Association in your area, you’ll normally get a subscription to this magazine as part of your membership. If you do become a builder, you can normally acquire a free subscription to this publication by simply asking.
2. The Home Builder’s Association
I highly recommend you join your local chapter. You can locate your nearest chapter by going on line. Even if you’re only building one home or your first home, you can join as an apprentice builder.
Not only will you enjoy the meetings you attend, but also it gives you a chance to rub shoulders with the professional builders in your area and you’ll meet lenders, subcontractors and suppliers. You’ll also be provided access to the insurance you need at a discount over what most people pay.