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How To Evaluate A Construction Company For Sale

Rob Lancit


May 29, 2020

A construction company for sale can be a great opportunity for a hardworking entrepreneur. But not all construction companies for sale are equal. How do you evaluate them?

Why should you even be looking for a construction company for sale? What do construction companies have to offer?

Well, construction companies have a lot to offer. Take the old joke:

- “Hey, what do you think about [X] city?”

- “It’ll be great once they finish it.”

Where “X” can be a stand in for almost any city in America. Why? Because there’s always construction going on. Now, as the owner of a franchise within the construction sector, you are unlikely to be bidding for major government or developer contracts. But whether you’re building 40-story condominium complex or renovating a family’s kitchen, there’s always plenty of work for construction companies.

When it comes to buying a construction company for sale, many worry that they don’t have the requisite knowledge to run a construction company.

You need not have 15 years of experience as a construction worker to succeed in managing a construction company. Like most good franchises, a construction company for sale worth buying will provide training and education about the types of construction services they offer. Some background knowledge and experience managing a team would be good assets, but you need not be an old hand at construction to buy a construction company for sale.

Some qualities of good construction companies for sale are universal. But much of your evaluation must be based on the type of construction services these companies offer.

While there are newer construction companies that sell good franchise opportunities, most of the best opportunities come from businesses that have a history. That experience means they know what they’re doing and that they maybe have built up equity in their brand name. Trust is key in the construction business. Furthermore, you want to make sure they lay out the predicted costs and criteria clearly.

What types of construction companies are for sale?

It all depends on where you live. Not every construction company will be selling franchises in your market. Your evaluation should come down to what kind of construction company for sale you can afford to buy, what interests you, and what type of construction is needed most in your area. If you live in Alaska, maybe don’t buy an outdoor pool construction company. But you could buy a construction company that focusses on parking lot construction, that does renovations, that builds ramps and other accessibility infrastructure, or one that provides financing for construction companies.

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