Helpful Ways to Reduce Material Costs for Your Next Project
August 21, 2019
The cost of building material is rising and will be expected to continue to rise for the next coming years. With projects becoming more and more costly, it’s important to find ways to reduce the cost of materials and save money.
Why is the Cost of Materials Increasing?
The cost of building material is rising due to an increase in demand for new houses and reduced manufacturing capacity. The process for creating some of these materials is tedious and suppliers are starting to ask for more money because of their hard work. New tariffs, such as the ones imposed on steel and aluminum, are also causing prices to increase.
What Does This Mean for Smaller Businesses?
For smaller businesses, higher material cost can mean less material attainability and a decrease in profits. Driving up prices for construction projects to maintain profit might sound like a good idea, but it could result in a decrease in customers and, ultimately, fewer construction projects. Smaller businesses should learn new maneuvers and tricks to keep profits up and maintain customer quantity.
Ways to Decrease Money Spent on Materials
- Bargains. Vendors sometimes offer bargains for many reasons such as business closing or to fulfill a contract. Bargains are a great way to reduce the amount of money you spend on materials.
- Negotiate. Negotiating cost with suppliers can often lead to lots of money saved on materials. Don't hesitate to negotiate.
- Substitute Materials Where Possible. The price of materials is always fluctuating. At one moment, the cost of the material normally purchased could be higher than the cost of another material with similar properties. Researching the market for cost of materials and materials that can easily be substituted can help save money.
- Reduce Waste. Many times the amount of material waste goes unnoticed for low-cost materials. Over time, however, the cost of this waste has a major impact on profit. Reducing waste can help reduce spending costs.
Better Planning with PlanHub
Efficient planning and organization of your construction project can not only save you time and effort, but also money. With better planning comes fewer mistakes and wasted materials. PlanHub helps contractors and businesses organize spending, making it a great option amidst the chaotic rise and fall of material prices. For more information on how PlanHub can help decrease your spending costs, contact us today!