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Buying an existing business is the building and construction industry means you can be part of a $360 billion dollar industry with a projected annual growth rate of 2.4% in the next five years AISC 2020. Building and construction businesses vary in size from sole trader operations who tend to focus on one project at a time to large corporations who will run multiple projects and have a large team. In order to buy an existing building and construction business you should register for alerts so you are notified when a new business is listed. You can then make contact with the seller and request more information. Usually the seller or broker will ask you to complete an NDA to ensure the confidentiality of the business. Buying a building and construction business requires professional advice during the process to ensure the due diligence is conducted properly.
A good building and construction business will have repeat clientele, a solid reputation, and projects booked into the future. It's important to understand the businesses focus and whether they are operating in a niche market and the type and size of construction they undertake.
Construction businesses can provide multiple types of services for example; residential and commercial construction, government projects, renovations, heavy and civil engineering, land development, site preparation, installation service etc. The size of a construction business can vary from sole traders to large companies. The type of construction business you are looking to purchase will depend on your experience and the capital you have to invest.
It is important for the buyer to have a solid understanding of the laws that apply to the building and construction industry such as; National Construction Code and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. There are also state, territory and local government licences and permits that apply to the building and construction industry. It would be advantageous for the buyer to have a solid understanding of the industry. In addition, a buyer needs to have good management skills, business acumen, and ability to manage budgets and cash flow.
If you are a qualified tradesman in the building and construction industry buying a business will allow you to apply your skills and grow a business which may generate you a higher income. The building and construction industry has a predicted growth rate of 2.4% over the next 4 years (AISC 2020).
Building and construction businesses are appraised based on a multiple of the net profit to the owner with some market predictions. The determining factor is usually, what will the market pay for this business based on similar sales. Obviously with construction companies there can be alot of equipment and resources to take into account. It is important to obtain professional advice when buying a building and construction business as it can be a large investment and you want to be sure you know what you are agreeing to when purchasing. It is important to conduct proper due diligence.
A construction company generates an income by building something according to a project. This project may be; building a house, renovating a kitchen, constructing a bridge, or building a block of apartments. The majority of the work carried out by building and construction companies are based on a project timeline with payment schedules.
The best way to keep track of new business opportunities is to save your search result. You will be notified as soon as a new building and construction company is listed for sale.
Selling a business and construction business requires preparation. Having a solid exit strategy will mean your construction business is ready for sale and has a greater chance of achieving an optimum price. It’s important to be prepared for the sales journey as it usually takes around 6-9 months to sell a business in Australia. A large construction business may take longer to market and find the right buyer. Check out Bsales 6 steps to prepare a business for sale which will provide you a checklist and a general step by step guide. Business brokers are licensed professionals who can assist with the sale of your business and market it on websites such as Bsale. Check out the Find a Business Broker section to locate a suitable broker for your business. Bsale also offers advertising direct to business owners.