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September 14, 2015
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In a Sept. 3 Eye on Housing post, NAHB senior economist Paul Emrath reports that subcontractors play a pivotal role in building a typical new home. Just how important are they? Apparently they are very important to the building industry. The Average number of subcontractors used by builders today is 22. Typically, 70 percent of builders use between 11 and 30. Two-thirds of builders report subcontracting out 75% of the construction cost for an average single-family home.
 
Builders report always subcontracting security system installations 97% of the time. Meanwhile they subcontract carpeting, HVAC installation and electrical wiring 96% of the time. They use plumbing, technology and fireplace subcontractors 95% of the time.
75%. Finished Carpentry is subbed out 68% of the time.
 
“The current shortage of subcontractors is becoming more acute and this is significant because they play a key role in home construction,” according to NAHB Chairman Tom Woods.
 
And on the other side if residential construction, code enforcement professional Jerry Eger says, “As a code enforcement official I would also like to point out that the same shortage of contractors is affecting the next generation of inspectors. There aren’t many career seekers in our trade for the future. We are also experiencing a major onslaught of inspectors looking to retire within the next 5-10 years.”

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GHHBA, a chapter of the National Association of Home Builders, serves licensed builders, associates of the construction industry, and consumers in Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Covington and Perry counties. Our association focuses on formal builder education (MSBOC licensure and CPB certification), informing builders of market news,and giving builders the tools to respond to prospective legislation through our state counterpart, HBAM.

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