How many subcontractors does it take to build a home? No, this isn’t the start of a joke… it’s a legitimate question. We all know that there are many trades involved in the construction of a home. But do you have any idea of how many are actually subcontracted, on average, to build a house from start to finish?
The National Association of Home Builders in the United States recently determined that builders, on average, use 22 subcontracting trades in the construction of a new single family dwelling.
At first, that number seemed especially high to me. But when I actually stopped to think about it, it made complete sense. There are so many aspects to building a home that are specialized. Pair this with the fact that frequently it’s more economical to builders, in terms of time and money, to subcontract it out than to tackle it themselves.
Here are some of the trades that are often subcontracted in the construction of a home:
- Concrete flatwork
- Security systems
- Exterior siding
Using a subcontractor in the construction a new home can benefit a general contractor by allowing specialized tradespeople to complete specific tasks. By doing so, the general contractor can increase worker efficiency, site productivity, and adhere to project budgets.