Site Prep Contractors

Industry Profile Report

Dive Deep into the industry with a 25+ page industry report (pdf format) including the following chapters

Industry Overview Industry Structure, How Firms Opertate, Industry Trends, Credit Underwriting & Risks, and Industry Forecast.

Call Preparation Quarterly Insight, Call Prep Questions, Industry Terms, and Weblinks.

Financial Insights Working Capital, Capital Financing, Business Valuation, and Financial Benchmarks.

Industry Profile Excerpts

Industry Overview

The 36,700 site preparation contractors in the US prepare land for construction activity. Services include excavation work; wrecking and demolition; trenching; sewer and water main installation; construction machinery rental (with operator); and road construction. While private sector projects account for the majority of revenue, site prep contractors also provide services to federal, state, and local governments.

Dependence On General Contractors

Because site preparation is just part of the construction process, companies often depend on general contractors to secure client business.

Seasonal And Weather-Related Factors

Seasonality and weather conditions affect project timelines and site prep contractors’ ability to perform work.

Industry size & Structure

The average site preparation contractor operates out of a single location, employs 9-10 workers, and generates about $2-3 million annually.

    • The site preparation services industry consists of about 36,700 companies that employ 352,900 workers and generate about $97 billion annually.
    • The industry is fragmented; most site preparation contractors serve a limited geographical market.
    • Some large general contractors, such as Granite Construction and Sterling Construction, offer site preparation services in addition to other construction services.
                            Industry Forecast
                            Site Prep Contractors Industry Growth
                            Source: Vertical IQ and Inforum

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                            May 12, 2022 - Architectural Billings Rise
                            • Demand for building design services is strong, according to an April report by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA’s Architecture Billing Index (ABI), an indicator of future building construction demand, was 58 in March, up from 51.3 in February. Any reading above 50 indicates growth in architectural billings. The rise in billings is likely due to an effort to lock in interest rates ahead of continued rate hikes in the coming months. The ABI reading for commercial/industrial projects was 55.3 in March. On a regional basis, the South registered the strongest March ABI score with 57.2, followed by the Midwest (56.2), the West (54), and the Northeast (46.3).
                            • As warehouse space has tightened due to solid consumer spending and e-commerce growth during the pandemic, warehouse asking rents are rising. Industrial property asking rents rose 3.7% in Q1 2022 over Q4 2021 and were up 11.8% year-over-year, according to an April report by real estate firm CBRE. The national vacancy rate for industrial property dropped to 3.1% in the first quarter of 2022, according to CBRE. Amid growing e-commerce demand, rental rates for warehouse and logistics space could rise 15% over the next two years, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
                            • The number of building permits issued for privately-owned housing units increased 0.4% month over month and rose 6.7% year over year in March 2022. Housing starts increased 0.3% month over month and 3.9% year over year in March.
                            • Homebuilder sentiment, as measured by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, decreased to 77 in April 2022 from 79 in March, marking the fourth consecutive monthly decline. Higher materials costs and rapidly rising interest rates are making housing less affordable, which is weighing on builder confidence. Builders report that sales traffic and current sales conditions are at their lowest levels since summer 2021. Higher mortgage rates and supply chain disruptions have unsettled the US housing market, especially for potential first-time homebuyers.
                            • Total construction spending increased 0.1% in value month over month on an adjusted basis and 11.8% in value year over year on an unadjusted basis in March 2022, according to the US Census Bureau. Residential construction spending increased 1% month over month and 17.8% year over year in March. Nonresidential construction spending declined 0.8% month over month and increased 5.8% year over year in March.
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