Why You’re Likely Wasting Money on Construction Projects

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What would you do if you had an extra $1,000 for your construction project?

Here’s how you shouldn’t spend it – paying your construction workers to go purchase supplies when you can have them delivered instead.

Unfortunately, too many construction companies lose valuable time and money getting what they need to get the project done rather than actually doing it. Here’s a scenario that might sound familiar to you:

You realize you need to purchase supplies such as gloves, a few cones, lifting slings or maybe some safety glasses. Your first instinct may be to go to a local hardware store and pick up what you need there. On the surface, there is nothing wrong with this approach. If the price is similar, you might think it doesn’t matter.

This couldn’t be any further from the truth.

First, keep in mind that your projects need to be done as quickly as possible. If your staff spends two hours waiting for supplies, you’re effectively losing that two hours of productive time. Assuming you have 10 workers on your staff and two of them are off getting supplies, you are paying eight other workers to do no work.

And you know how much you pay your construction workers. The average cost for someone on site can be anywhere from $80-100 per hour. When you multiply that by eight people, you could be spending $640 – $800 every hour your crew waits for supplies.

Now let’s look at the cost of doing the task itself. Tack on another $160-200 per hour and you could be losing as much as $1,000 per hour before counting the cost of gas and the supplies themselves. We’re also assuming that these workers you tasked with getting these supplies are efficient, loyal employees who are going to go straight to the hardware store and come back. Because any small amount of extra time taken for personal errands will quickly add to your costs.

Stop wasting money

How can you stop these losses?

By ordering from a reputable civil and construction supply company, you can limit your costs to the supplies you need rather than worrying about costs that creep up on you.

There are multiple advantages to ordering from a local vendor.

First, if your vendor happens to be in the same metro area as you, they may offer delivery the same day as your order. Ask your vendor if they have a same-day policy. If they do, you can order without worrying about your workers waiting around or the need to use your resources for actually getting the supplies.

Another important consideration is whether or not a vendor will have what you need in stock. When you get a catalog, ask the supplier if any items are likely to sell out. If they have a big enough warehouse, they should never sell out, which will make life a lot easier for you.

Finally, a reputable supplier will have their own delivery trucks. A middleman (such as a delivery or logistics company) can add unnecessary hassle to your order. If the company you’re ordering from has their own delivery trucks, they can maintain full control of their routes so they’re fast and efficient – and most importantly, so they’re predictable. The supplier can give you an estimate for what time your order will arrive so you can prevent your team from wasting unnecessary time waiting around.

It is even possible to find a reputable vendor who delivers at no charge – saving you even more money.

Your needs are unpredictable, but your costs don’t have to be. By using a local provider, construction companies can save themselves thousands of dollars and a lot of time.

Do you have a construction project in the New York Metropolitan area? Call us at 800.451.5811 to learn how to keep your costs down.


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