Construction Industry Standards

The construction industry has standards of performance and cost ratios. These standards and ratios are evaluated to determine if your business is performing well or below what is considered reasonable.   Use construction industry standards to improve your contracting company.

Using Cash in Construction

Debt or Equity

There is a notion in business that using cash to pay for materials or service is illegal.  IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO PAY FOR MATERIALS OR SERVICE WITH CASH.  It is illegal to do this if you do not properly document the transaction.  This is especially true in the construction industry.

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.

How to Calculate the Best Markup for a Construction Project

Markup for a Construction Project

Every construction project has costs beyond the direct costs and the contractor wants to earn a profit.  To cover these costs he must have an appropriate markup.  The contractor must give consideration to many variables and circumstances to calculate the best markup for a construction project.  To determine the best markup percentage on costs, the contractor should consider his indirect costs, overhead, taxes, and final profit desired. 

What is a Reasonable Profit in Construction?

Reasonable Profit in Construction

For any company, profit is based on the risk reward concept.  With construction, what should be the profit (reward) given the risk?  What is a reasonable expectation given the industry and the particular business? 

There is no single correct answer.  The construction industry is divided into several significant branches.  This article is focused on the residential contractor. 

From the new home builder to the re-modeler, a reasonable profit given the risk should be no less than 9%  AND this is net after a reasonable salary to the owner for his management role.  This is the take home or actual bottom line profit; the amount after taxes.  How do you derive such a figure?  How do you determine the markup on the construction project to end up with this profit? 

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