Chief Experts Academy Blog

How Much Do You Mark Up Your Remodeling Costs?

If you’re in the building industry, you’re faced with this question at the start of every new project: How much should I mark this up?...

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How to Easily Display Your Chief Architect 3D Models on Your Website

If you use Chief Architect, I’ve got some exciting news for you! I’ve discovered a way to easily display your 3D building models on...

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How To Get Your Design-Build Clients To Like You

clients relationships trust Dec 21, 2017

Before I started charging for my design services I was working on so many plans and estimates that there was never time to sit down and collaborate...

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I Don't Work For Free, Put Up Or Shut Up

In my previous post, “Stop giving free plans and estimates”, I outlined how I had discovered that people were, in fact, willing to pay...

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Show Off Your Professionalism - What Does That Mean

So you think you’re a professional designer and/or contractor…


Do you actually do the things that real professionals do?


Does it show...

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Stop Giving Free Plans and Estimates

I’ve been in the construction industry for 40 years, and some things never change.


Prices go up, recessions come and go, and contractors are...

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The 10 Biggest Mistakes Home Designers Make

Today I will talk about the common mistakes designers and contractors make in the sales, implementation and completion of plans for residential...

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What's Your Favorite Software?

Without a doubt, my favorite software is Chief Architect. I’ve made a lot of money using this amazing program.


But… there is a...

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The Surprising Thing Designers Are Still Doing Wrong

It never ceases to amaze me the number of designers that continue to do inaccurate and incomplete as-built drawings.


Imagine this: Your carpenters...

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Chief Architect Premier versus Home Designer Pro

chief architect Nov 13, 2017

I often get asked which Chief Architect program is better for drawing plans:  Home Designer Pro or the more expensive Chief Architect Premier?...

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