Are you a builder? Do you deal with these risks daily?
- Not keeping to budget?
- Wasteful expenditure?
- Poor workmanship?
While there are many more, these are just a few of the more common ones.
So how do you keep to budget? By simplifying the process and only focusing on your labour overheads. We are noticing a trend where the builders are handing over the actual buying of the building material to the homeowners.
Not only does this give the homeowner more control over their money and cash-flow, but it also gives the builder one less area of concern and allows for more time to focus on the build itself and the quality of workmanship.
To avoid wasteful expenditure a builder must limit their fixed costs and stick to the budget. This can be done by outsourcing expertise (sub-contractors) rather than having permanent staff. In this way, you only pay labour when they are busy, and you have specialists in their field on the job.
It might be a good idea to also extend this philosophy to your back office or admin staff. You don’t need a buyer when a third party specialist can do this for you. Not only are you getting this specialist service for free, but you are also getting superlative service and exceptional prices.
We are seeing how certain builders are thriving despite these tricky economic times by doing just what we suggest above and are keeping things simple.
They doing this by:
- Requesting their clients buy direct from us
- Or still doing the buying themselves but are simplifying it by only working through one channel: Online Building.
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