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Project Analysis
May 26, 2018|Building a Real Estate Business

Project Analysis

Most real estate builders face many of the same issues. Rising interest rates, labor costs, and materials. So when a new contractor thinks about expanding his position, he has to weigh all of his options carefully in order to bring the most profitable return for himself and his investors. This can many times be a very daunting task, and causes many companies to not take advantage of certain key financial situations. So what is the best way for them to avoid this mistake? Well the key thing for them to do is a very careful cost analysis of the entire project. That will give them an overview of how well the venture will go and what they can look forward to as far as profit. The first place I would start with is the material cost and labor. They are the core of any building project.

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You can begin with the market costs of the needed materials and any near foreseeable rise in such costs. Such events as inclement weather in other countries can create a shortage in necessary building supplies. But if none of those conditions exist, your costs should remain stable. Next would be try to take advantage of any savings from the supply companies you use already. If you have an account with them, see if there is an availability of account credit, and let them know you have a big upcoming project to see if they can help lower your costs. Many times small supply companies may be going through a bit of a deficit, and if they see an influx of capital coming from your direction, they may be willing to work with you in a way that will be mutually beneficial. If you are used to dealing with big box retailers in the past, search for smaller companies and let them know you were looking for a new partner.


If they see you as a large influx of capital, they may incorporate long-term savings into all your future projects. Bigger is not always better. The next would be labor costs. Skilled construction labor can be very expensive, you want to make sure you’re getting the best quality service for the best price. While most companies only go with union shops, it may be in your best interest to look outside of those means. Labor organizations are not the only source of skilled labor. Contact your local hardware stores, and see if any of their people also do construction work on the side. That could be a great source of skilled and knowledgeable labor at a reduced cost. Once you lineup all these variables ahead of time, you can see the future cost of your projects, and will help you make a more educated decision on which projects you will move forward with.

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