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Revitalise Your Residential Building Company: From ‘Survive’ to ‘Thrive’

Are you a residential builder who's weathered the storm of one of the toughest operating environments in recent memory? Whether you've emerged victorious or with battle scars, you're not alone in wondering how some builders have not just survived but actually thrived. Understanding the strategies that drive success can make all the difference.

Drawing from our experience working with builders across the industry, we've uncovered some valuable insights into what sets successful builders apart. Join us as we explore the key principles that underpin their operations and discover how you can apply them to your own business.

Understanding the Landscape: What Led to the Surge in Insolvencies?

Amidst the tumultuous residential building landscape, it's tempting to attribute the spike in insolvencies solely to poor management or the actions of rogue operators. However, the reality is far more nuanced. While external factors have undoubtedly played a role (such as the housing stimulus and subsequent flow-on effects) the heart of the issue often lies within the builder's sphere of influence.

Lack of visibility emerges as a key culprit, hindering effective decision-making. Without real-time data and insights, builders find themselves navigating blindly, unable to course-correct swiftly when necessary. Delayed realisation of underlying issues exacerbates the problem. Yet, amidst these challenges, success stories emerge for those who grasp the reins of control.

Unlocking Success: The Power of Data and Analytics

One of the defining characteristics of successful builders is their commitment to data-driven decision-making. By harnessing the power of data and analytics, they're able to gain valuable insights into their business operations. From cash flow forecasting to project profitability analysis, these insights allow builders to identify opportunities for improvement and make informed decisions about resource allocation and project management before it is too late. Delving deeper, we uncover critical reporting such as:

  • Cash Flow Forecasting: A 3-month roadmap provides clarity on future financial health.
  • Construction Claim Analysis: Micro examination of cash drivers reveals potential pitfalls but also opportunities.
  • ETS Reporting: Identifying and mitigating "leaky buckets" to safeguard profitability.
  • Pre-site Progress/WIP Reporting: A glimpse into the future pipeline, allowing for proactive resource allocation.
  • Construction Progress/WIP Reporting: Time is money, and tracking project timelines is paramount.
  • Trading Margin Analysis: Real-time insights into job-by-job profitability to inform strategic decisions.

We've had the privilege of working closely with builders from all walks of life, witnessing firsthand the strategies that separate the best from the rest. At the heart of their success lies a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that serve as the foundation for informed decision-making and sustained growth. These KPIs provide a snapshot of performance, at a glance, allowing builders to quickly identify areas for improvement and take action to address them.

In our experience these often include:

  • Sales Performance: Number of Sales (Monthly Total) vs. Forecast: This high-level metric provides a snapshot of your sales performance compared to your projections.
  • Profitability: Total Contract Value of Sales vs. Forecast: While achieving higher sales volumes is important, it's equally crucial to ensure that these sales are profitable. This KPI compares the total contract value of sales to your forecast, highlighting any discrepancies that may indicate a need for pricing adjustments or cost controls.
  • Project Execution: Number of Starts (Monthly Total) vs. Forecast: The number of projects started each month directly impacts your revenue and cash flow. Monitoring this KPI against your forecast allows you to anticipate fluctuations in workload and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Margin Analysis: Average Margin of Starts (Percentage & Dollar Amount, Monthly Total) vs. Forecast: A decline in average margin can signal potential issues with costing accuracy or estimating practices. Tracking this KPI on a monthly basis provides early warning signs that allow you to course-correct before profitability is compromised.
  • Timeliness: Average Pre-site Durations (Weeks): Time spent in the pre-site phase directly impacts your ability to generate revenue. By tracking the average duration of pre-site activities, you can identify bottlenecks and streamline processes to accelerate project commencement.
  • Efficiency: Average Building Durations (Working Days): In the construction industry, time is money. Monitoring the average duration of building activities allows you to identify inefficiencies and implement measures to improve productivity and reduce costs.
  • Site Performance: Revenue per Job per Day: This simple yet powerful metric provides insight into site efficiencies and resource utilisation. By understanding the revenue generated per job per day, you can identify opportunities to optimise workflow and maximise profitability.
  • Revenue Drivers: Total Claims (Monthly Total) vs. Forecast: Claims represent a fundamental revenue driver for residential builders. Tracking total claims against your forecast allows you to anticipate cash inflows and manage liquidity effectively.

Empowering Efficiency: The Role of Purpose-Built Software

Successful builders don't leave their success to chance; they invest in purpose-built software solutions tailored to the unique demands of the construction industry. These tools streamline workflows, automate repetitive tasks, and provide real-time visibility into every aspect of project management. From lead generation to scheduling and project completion, integrated software solutions like the Evolve Construction Suite empower builders to optimise efficiency, enhance decision-making, and drive profitability.

Why Choose @Evolveconstruction?

At Evolve Construction, we understand the challenges facing residential builders today. That's why we've developed a comprehensive software solution designed to help builders streamline their operations and drive success. With features such as workflow optimisation, scheduling tools, and comprehensive reporting, our software empowers builders to take control of their business and achieve their goals. Plus, with our commitment to ongoing support and innovation, you can trust that we'll be there every step of the way to help you succeed. This suite of tools has been iteratively developed over 20 years of experience. Our software has adapted with the times and with what is needed by home builders to help make them successful.

Trust the software trusted by Australia's largest builders and unlock the full potential of your building company today.

In Conclusion

Navigating the complexities of the residential building industry demands resilience, foresight, and the right tools for the job. By embracing data-driven decision-making, leveraging key performance indicators, and investing in purpose-built software solutions, builders can fortify their businesses for sustained success. With @Evolveconstruction by your side, the future of your building company is brighter than ever before.


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Bill Kennedy

Leader of the best IS professionals in the country. They are the best because everyone in the Evolve crew get project management, technology and they understand business. Which means our crew can do what you ask as well as contribute to why you are asking.

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