Multiple Trades On Site at the Same Time
The secret is all in the expectations of the trades
March 6, 2012 by Mike Draper
I visited a job site of one of our Certified Renovantage Contractor’s today and witnessed what a well run job site looks like. They had 5 different trades in the house working at the same time. Five trades totaling 18 people. Yes, it was a big house; but, more importantly, their Site Supervisor had organized the trades so that they were working in different parts of the house and not tripping over each other. I asked if there were ever conflicts and he said that for the most part his subs are used to working with him and know that there will be multiple trades in the same house at the same time. That is just how they work.
It is not the first time I have seen that, but far too often I hear contractors talk about how every time they try to have multiple trades working at the same time it just ends up backfiring on them. The secret is all in the expectations of the trades. If they are used to having the run of your renovation project, they won’t like working around other trades. The reality though, is that if you want to increase your production and do more renovation work, then having multiple trades working in the same house at the same time is a must.
One key to making money at renovations is to cut down on the total time it takes to complete the renovation. If you run your trades one or two at a time, the project will take longer and all of your admin and overhead costs will go up. The project will cost you more to complete. Your time, driving time to site, financing costs (Cash Flow) Project management costs or site supervisor costs all increase as the project timeline extends. Contrast that to potentially paying slightly more for a trade to work with others and you come out far ahead.
So on your next project take more time to plan out the project, inform your trades that others will be working in the house at the same time. The bottom line is, you will make more money.