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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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  • Markup in Construction – Fundamental Understanding

    Markup in Construction - Fundamental Understanding
    Markup has a very simple definition, it is the amount added onto costs to create a sales price. Notice something really important with that definition, it does not define profit. It merely defines how much to charge over costs so you can make a profit.
  • Markup on Materials – Setting the Proper Rate

    Markup on Materials - Setting the Proper Rate
    There is no preset national standard for markup on materials. The Internal Revenue Service’s Construction Industry Audit Technique Guide (May 2009) states that from the Means Contractor’s Pricing Guide include a standard 10% markup on material for profit. However, profit is only one portion of total markup; therefore, markup on materials starts at a minimum ...
  • Markup Percentage for Remodelers

    Markup Percentage for Remodelers
    In the construction industry, remodelers face a different set of criteria than your traditional new home builder. Because of these issues the markup percentage on costs is generally much higher than other forms of construction. If you are a remodeler, you need to understand the impact of these issues and how to properly markup your job to ...
  • Methods to Reduce Costs in New Home Construction

    Methods to Reduce Costs in New Home Construction
    There are two primary methods of reducing costs of construction. The first is cost negotiation and the second is cost shifting. These two methods have several tools in each to achieve overall price reduction. The following describes each method and the respective tools within each method that you can use to achieve overall cost reduction.
  • Open Job Cost Status Report

    Open Job Cost Status Report
    The Open Job Cost Status Report identifies a project’s actual costs of construction, amounts borrowed or financed, and any customer payments made to date. The net result is the contractor’s net investment into the respective project.
  • Percentage of Completion Method for Accounting in Construction

    Percentage of Completion Method for Accounting in Construction
    In construction accounting, the percentage of completion method is the preferred tool to account for revenues and direct costs of construction. If you are an owner of a contracting business, this is the best method of accounting. 
  • Phase Codes and Cost Codes with QuickBooks and Construction Accounting

    Phase Codes and Cost Codes with QuickBooks and Construction Accounting
    The whole goal of financial reports is to gain an understanding of financial performance and identify the key issues for changes to make improvements. In accounting we referred to this as a continuous feedback loop method of financial improvement. Insert data, report the data, discover opportunities for improvement; make changes and insert data and begin ...
  • Profit Standards for Residential Contractors

    Profit Standards for Residential Contractors
    Profit standards for residential contractors vary depending on the type of contractor. In general, the net profit standard for contractors in the upper tier of performance range from 5.8% to as high as 9.6% of sales.
  • Progress Billings in Construction

    Progress Billings in Construction
    Just like a tip of an iceberg, a progress billing for a construction project is an invoice for a small part of the overall contract value. It needs to be recorded correctly and presented to management in a way that is understandable and beneficial for making decisions. This article will introduce the concept and cover how progress ...
  • Project Accounting Principles for Residential Contractors

    Project Accounting Principles for Residential Contractors
    Almost every residential contractor I had as a client had no clue of their financial position as it related to any one of their residential contracts. None of them knew whether the project was fully funded, over funded or unfunded at any point in the construction process.

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