It’s a hot topic in the construction industry these days, but not all consumers understand the importance of whether a construction company performs their own work (self performing contractors) or bids out the work to other companies (subcontracting). If you’re planning to hire a construction company, there are some advantages to having a self performing one over a subcontracting company, and here are just a few of them.
What’s the most common issue that construction projects run into? If you answered “getting behind schedule”, you are correct. When a construction company is working with subcontractors for all of the different parts and pieces, you’re at the whims of the subcontractors and their ability to do the work within your time schedule. Since construction often must be done in a very specific order, if one part of the project takes longer than expected, or if the contractor has scheduling conflicts on the days when they are supposed to be at your site, it can put every other part of the project behind.
Self performing contractors who do essential tasks such as concrete, foundations, carpentry, framing, and more with their own skilled labor force, can save time by ensuring that the schedule is correct and it is followed, plus it’s more flexible if something falls behind schedule.
Better Quality Control
You’ve heard the saying, “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself,” and this rings true in the construction industry. It’s not impossible to find a good subcontractor who can perform quality work, but you may have a slightly different style than other construction companies, which can make a finished project look disjointed, or the subcontractor might have hired someone without the proper skills to perform the work. Keeping it all under one roof ensures that you can hire the most qualified individuals and you can have checks and balances in place to make sure they do only the highest quality work on every single job.
Self performing construction companies often are able to save money in a variety of ways, including:
• Material costs
• Labor costs
• Reducing the impact of market fluctuations
• Scheduling efficiencies
• Accurate budgeting and forecasting
While it’s not the answer on every single construction project, working with a single company that can perform most or all of the necessary work enables you to have more flexibility, keep costs low, and get your construction project done on time. To find out more about the benefits of self performing contractors, call Hogan Construction today.