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On the Cutting Edge of Cost-Cutting

There are only two ways to boost your bottom line: increase revenue and cut costs. In this blog, we’ll explore innovative ways for builders to cut costs in order to increase homebuilder profit margins – and we’ll examine revenue enhancement in a future post. 

Long-Term Pricing Agreements

“Locking in building product prices for a specified period is often more important than getting the ‘best’ price,” says Bob Whitten, CEO of SMA Consulting in Orlando, Florida. “It’s very smart to take the long-term view. Just tell your dealer, ‘I’ll pay you a little more if you can lock in the price for an extended period.’ They’re usually happy to make that arrangement, and it saves money over the long haul.” 

Cost Savings Through Design & Materials

Dennis Shriver, owner of Hearthside Homes in Kansas City, recently used engineered wood vertical siding to cut costs and speed installation on a 22-home project. Because the home designs featured exterior walls higher than 12 feet, there would have been a visible seam where 12 ft. siding panels met. This would have required the crew to build something down in the peak of the gable to create a shorter length or come up with an alternative to hide the seams. 

Shriver chose 16 ft. vertical siding, which eliminated the seams and saved time and money on the installation. “Instead of finding ways to disguise the seam, my crew was able to simply apply one piece, cut to length and go,” he says.

Builders can also enjoy significant savings by using materials that reduce installation steps and don’t require special tools or equipment in order to help drive construction profitability. For example, there are now air & water barrier systems that install in one step, eliminating the cost and delay of bringing in a specialty crew the next day to apply house wrap.

One key to construction cost-cutting is to choose high-performance products that make installation simpler and less expensive.

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Industry Trends5 min
Trends: Five Best Sustainable Building Materials Best Practices

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Prepare for the 2021 Storm Season With More Weather Resistant Siding

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Small Home Design Ideas: Best Exterior Colors for Your Custom Smaller Home

You’re likely building more smaller houses than you were about five years ago. Homeowners across the country want affordability, energy efficiency, or simply less home to clean and maintain so they have the weekend to explore—or they’re empty nesters. Whatever the reason, they still want their small home exterior to have maximum curb appeal and have all the charm and pizzazz of a larger home.