How to keep costs down for construction companies

Posted on 13 Sep 2016 by The Manufacturer

Working in the construction industry can be hugely expensive. Although the majority of construction jobs have expenses built into the budget so there is more than enough to cover expenses, it’s important for those running business in this industry to try and keep costs as low as possible.

Looking for innovative ways to reduce the amount that your business spends means that you will have more available money to invest into things such as recruitment, machine and equipment purchases, marketing, and business development.

If you’re a construction business owner, or a manufacturer supplying into the construction industry, we’ve listed some of the best ways in which you can save money to put towards making your company a success.

Hiring equipment

For many startup construction companies, hiring equipment is their only option as they are not yet established enough to purchase their own machinery. Machine hire can be expensive, however, it’s important to look around in order to make sure that you get the best price when looking for things such as crane hire for your construction company.

Hiring machinery can actually work out cheaper, as paying to use the machine for a set amount of time means that you can include this charge in your bill to your clients, meaning that there is little chance of you losing out on money.

Purchasing materials

When it comes to purchasing materials for construction jobs, some company owners make the mistake of allowing the clients to choose. However, if you have already given somebody a quote for a job, it’s down to you to make sure that you can get all of the costs under that amount in order to make a profit without having to overcharge anybody.

When it comes to purchasing materials for jobs, the best options to choose from are either to buy them yourself, or allow your clients to purchase and pay for them so that they are not included in the final bill. This means that your clients will be happy and you have one less cost to worry about.

Online retailing for construction materials is now common and is a good way to cut down on your costs. Professional craft supplies and construction equipment such as plasma cutters can also be easily purchased online and delivered to you at affordable prices.

Being energy efficient

One thing that construction companies use a lot of is energy. Whether it be heating the site office or firing up machinery, if you run a company in this industry one of the main things that you can expect every few months is a huge energy bill. Because of this, energy is one of the costs which you should be looking to prioritise in your quest to save money.

When it comes to saving on energy costs, it’s often down to doing simple things such as ensuring that there are no draughts in heated rooms, switching off machinery when you are finished with it, using energy saving light bulbs, and making sure windows and doors are closed.

Making simple changes to how you and your staff manage energy in the workplace can not only help you to drastically reduce your bills, but you can also reduce your carbon footprint and become a greener, eco-friendlier business.

Running a construction or construction materials company can be costly, but with these top tips, you can keep costs down.