IN THIS ISSUE:  Understand Lien Waivers | 6 Common Mistakes to Avoid | Training, Tech Resources & More
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Plug into our services for a stronger, saner year.
Preston Feather can serve as an extension of your project management team — watching the details, preventing surprises, and helping your projects to a smooth, streamlined finish. Scroll down for more tips and resources to build strong in 2018.
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Understand lien waivers to get paid faster
Tips from Brent Vizina at Preston Feather
Have you ever had a payment or draw be delayed because of a lien waiver? The correct lien waiver form with correct information will get you paid fastest. You know of conditional and unconditional, partial and full, but do you know when you need each?
These are mistakes we’ve seen, and getting it right will help to streamline paperwork, bank draws, and ultimately get you paid.

1. Lien waivers begin “Our contract with <Your Company Name Here>”. If you are requesting a lien waiver from Preston Feather, your company name goes at the top and Preston Feather goes at the bottom.

2. The paid through date for partial waivers correlates to one of our billing cycle close dates. For example, when the billing cycle closed on the 1/25/18, that is the paid through date (Not 2/1/18)

3. When the paid through date matches the billing cycle close, the waiver amount will be the statement balance.

4. Send pre-filled lien waivers with your payments for the fastest turn-around.

6 common mistakes contractors make during the busy season
Contractor coach Tom Reber shares things he sees business owners do that sabotage their entire year. With a little focus you can avoid some of these.

1. They stop building new relationships. 
2. They don’t continue marketing. 
3. They don’t make connections near jobs. 
4. They don’t do enough pre-project planning.
5. They don't job cost. 
6. They don’t enjoy it. 
We’ll keep you going during frost laws

Longer days and warmer temps are coming, but so are the annual frost laws with weight restrictions and snail-paced speed limits. Whatever it takes, we'll get your materials delivered, even if it takes two trips. Without the use of our portable forklifts on job sites until the frost clears, your finish materials will be unloaded by hand. We'll keep you going! 
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Versatex® contractor event and lunch
Wednesday, March 28th
Preston Feather Harbor Springs
8600 Moeller Dr
Come learn proper PVC installation & live painting demonstrations with AquaSurTech coatings. A light lunch will be served.
RSVP Rob Blair at 231-348-2990
Northern Home & Cottage Tour now reviewing homes for the September and October tours
Northern Home & Cottage Magazine is now reviewing homes to be in the popular fall tours, which have attracted more than 500 people interested in building their dream home Up North. For more information on dates, areas and how to participate, check out the tour page at Northern Home & Cottage Magazine.
Coming soon from Creative Stair Parts: White Oak Selection
This cutting edge new inventory of beautiful White Oak will be in stock shortly, and offers post to post and box newels, Craftsman balusters, rails, fixtures and treads. Fingerjoint rail construction 8 ft through 16 ft. 
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James Hardie® Pro Site
Instantly access product specs, installation guides, technical bulletins, SDS sheets, CAD details and more.

James Hardie® Fiber Cement products have been praised by consumer magazines, contractor-focused trade pubs and environmental building media.
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Azek ® installation videos and technical resources
Azek offers an extensive library of installation videos, technical resources, drawings, and maintenance guides. Watch videos
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U.S. house prices to rise on strong demand and shortage of homes

U.S. house prices will rise at double the pace of inflation and wages this year as the supply of single-family homes falls short of rising demand, making housing less affordable, according to property market analysts in a Reuters poll. Demand for housing has been driven by a strengthening labor market and a robust pickup in economic growth — but a lack of supply is holding back activity.
Employee spotlight:
Eric Cikity
Eric is the assistant yard foreman in our Traverse City location. Eric has demonstrated great leadership attributes over the years and continues to support and mentor our drivers and yard staff. He is quick to solve problems, always willing to help any customer and goes above and beyond for our company. We are proud to have Eric on our team and commend him for a job well done. We can’t wait to watch Eric continue to grow as a leader in our company. 
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Congratulations Petoskey Home Show prize winners
Richard Andrews from Petoskey and Rod Kennedy from Harbor Springs were our lucky visitors at the Preston Feather Home Show booth.
Preston Feather employee Ray Czapek's way of collecting maple syrup
“The shortest distance between two points is under construction.”

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