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New Home Construction

Minimum Bottom Line Profit Should Average 9.4%!
For Trades & Subcontractors, at Least 11%
After Income Taxes Are Paid!

As an owner of a residential contracting business your profits should average 5 to 9 percent per year after taxes. This profit is net of your personal salary of $100,000 to $140,000 per year. Therefore, if you are contracting around $1.5 million per year, you should be generating no less than $180,000 per year in take home compensation for your efforts. If not, you are not in the upper half of performance within this industry. You are doing something wrong and this section of the website is designed to educate you about the proper organization, systems, policies and procedures you must incorporate in your construction company’s culture.

This section of the website is solely dedicated to contractors. There are over 60 articles covering key aspects of operations and accounting in the construction industry. There is a wealth of knowledge available here. All of the articles are written to help the contractor discover how to improve the bottom line and achieve financial success in this industry. Good modeling measurement tools are taught here; use them to increase overall performance and ultimately the bottom line. Use my experience and learn from my errors and successes to improve your business operation. 

The articles below are business related, they are in-depth and educational in nature. The primary goal of each article is to educate and provide insight, guidance and knowledge to the contractor.

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  • A Model of Excellence

    A Model of Excellence
    By using a concept of feedback and making changes to the business operation, a model of excellence can be achieved. This model allows the contractor to not get nickeled and dimed to the point of going out of business.
  • Allowances in New Home Construction Contracts – The Business Model

    Allowances in New Home Construction Contracts – The Business Model
    This article is designed to help the contractor address the proper procedures and documentation related to allowances in a new home contract. 
  • Best Format for the Construction Profit and Loss Statement

    Best Format for the Construction Profit and Loss Statement
    As a construction company owner, you need a profit and loss statement that conveys information in a format that will identify how much you are truly making as a profit. The best format is a construction profit and loss statement identifying contract revenues, direct costs, indirect costs and the overhead expenses. This format most closely matches the ...
  • Billings in Excess

    Billings in Excess
    ‘Billings in excess’ is a construction industry financial term referring to the dollar value of charges to customers in excess of the costs and profits earned to date. It is reported on the balance sheet in the current liabilities section. It is in effect, the dollar value the contractor owes back to the customer for incomplete ...
  • Branching Out in Construction

    Branching Out in Construction
    To reduce risk and provide greater security to all parties the small construction company should consider branching out. What I mean is adding an additional class or line of construction work to the company’s portfolio so that in hard times there are more opportunities for work.
  • Capitalization of Overhead in Construction – Section 263(a)

    Capitalization of Overhead in Construction - Section 263(a)
    There are two exceptions allowed for small business residential contractors to escape the requirements of Section 263(a) – Capitalization of Overhead. The first is the $10,000,000 in sales per year threshold. The second exception is allowed for contractors that build residential homes and are able to complete the contract within two years.
  • Capitalizing a New Home Builder Business

    Capitalizing a New Home Builder Business
    Bankrolling any startup business is difficult enough. Capitalizing a new home builder operation is a leap forward in required funds. Typically, small businesses can be capitalized on a shoestring budget, for a new home contractor, just a little bit isn’t going to work.
  • Completed Contract Method of Accounting in the Construction Industry

    Completed Contract Method of Accounting in the Construction Industry
    The completed contract method of accounting recognizes revenue and the associated costs once the project is complete. This is one of the two popular accounting methods used in the construction industry. For residential contractors, the completed contract method may have a slight tax advantage by deferring revenue recognition but is generally not considered the best method of ...
  • Construction Accounting

    Construction Accounting
    Construction accounting exists to provide two key financial points of information to contractors and the management team of a construction company. The first and most important financial point is field production profit. This particular profit measurement is commonly referred to as job profits. It is essential contract revenue less direct (hard) costs of construction. The ...
  • Construction Accounting – Balance Sheet Construction in Process Accounts

    Construction Accounting – Balance Sheet Construction in Process Accounts
    Construction accounting consists of three major groups of accounts. The first and most understood set are the accounts found on the profit and loss statement. Customarily referred to as Cost of Goods Sold or Costs of Construction, these accounts convey the total costs of construction against the revenue earned for those contracts. The second major group ...

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