BOMA Welcomes Zipco

After years of being on a waiting list for the Kansas City chapter of BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association), ZIpco joined the organization in November 2019. BOMA is an international organization and the local chapter’s mission is to actively, and responsibly, promote and represent their members interests in the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, professional development and specialized services.

We look forward to supporting our local commercial real estate partners for years to come.

Zipco Becomes DKI Services Affiliate Member

In January, Zipco was selected as an affiliate member of DKI Services in the Kansas City market. DKI Services is a national insurance restoration solution. Zipco is joining DKI’s national licensed and credentialed network which provides quality emergency response and full-service property restoration services. With over 45 years of experience, the largest supply of state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive technology, DKI credentialed contractors can handle any size loss, no matter how complicated. We are excited to join the team and here is a link to the DKI mission… DKI Mission

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We may be in the digital age where online listings help homebuyers find a great property at a great price through a listing database, but that isn’t the only way technology is changing the real estate game.

Enter real estate property management software. From rent and vacancy tracking to contract and insurance management, real estate management software solutions help you maintain and organize…..Read More

Technology and the Claims Process

While technology is improving many aspects of the claim process, empathy is still the most important tool in the toolbox.

Emergency kit? Check. Fully charged cell phone? Check. New batteries in the flashlight? Check… Read More

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Skilled Labor Shortage – Redux

Reprint from two years ago – with a few updates and yet still our biggest challenge to successfully operating our company.

One of our unique challenges as a general contractor is finding and managing quality sub-contractors. When talking to our insurance company customer and our competitors, we are hearing the same thing… the labor market is struggling with a real shortage of skilled labor. Painters, framers, HVAC technicians, plumbers; you name the trade and it is harder to find quality, qualified tradespeople. I have a plumber friend who owns his own company and says every year when he gets recertified, there is nobody under age 40 in the room. The labor shortage creates longer repair time cycles generally increasing our costs on every project.

Why are we at this point? I have some thoughts about this after having multiple discussions with a great many people in our industry. First and foremost, young people for years have been told that they have to go to college to make it in society. They have been made to feel “lesser” in the eyes of their peers and parents if they do not attend college. As a result, fewer young people are choosing a skilled labor trade for a career. Additionally, new construction and capital improvements were virtually non-existent for a five-year period starting around 2007 during the “great recession”.

What needs to change? While pushing kids towards college is a noble idea, it is still true, and will always be true that college is not for everyone. And it needs to be OK that college is not for everyone. High Schools need to stop pushing everyone towards college and offer other career pathways like trade schools. There will always be a need for plumbers, HVAC technicians, framers, painters, drywallers, roofers and there is money to be made in these trades. Couple this with the rising cost of college and it begs the question – does it even make financial sense to attend college? I would argue that unless you are specifically being educated to become a doctor, dentist, lawyer, engineer, etc., that the cost of education is not worth it for many. I speak from personal experience with two finished and in the work force with minimal student loans, a third starting in the fall and the last one two years out.

There is evidence that the pendulum might be swinging back away from attending college. The cost alone is making more parents take a look at trade schools as a better option for some kids. Clearly, college is not an option for everyone and again that should be ok and we should start developing programs starting in high school to steer kids towards skilled labor trades.