Navigating Risks: Insights into the Construction Industry - Part 1

Navigating Risks: Insights into the Construction Industry – Part 1

In the bustling world of construction, success isn’t just about building structures—it’s about navigating a complex landscape of risks. From financial missteps to supply chain disruptions, construction companies face numerous challenges that can impact their bottom line and reputation. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the key risk factors that affect the profit-making ability of construction companies and discuss strategies to mitigate the risk effectively.

Inaccurate Accounting

Precise cost accounting is essential for construction companies to maintain financial health. Strong internal controls, including regular audits of ledger accounts, are crucial for producing accurate accounting reports. Mistakes in accounting can lead to misstated financial reports, which can have serious consequences for a company’s credibility and projected profitability. Implementing robust internal controls ensures the accuracy of financial information and helps prevent costly errors.

Inconsistent Tracking of Job Costs

Accurate tracking of job costs is vital for measuring project performance and optimizing profitability. Without proper tracking, construction companies may struggle to assess the true costs of their projects, leading to budget overruns and reduced profitability. Implementing effective systems for tracking job costs allows companies to make informed decisions and improve their overall financial performance.

Lack of Inventory Control

Inventory management is another area where construction companies face significant risks. Poor accounting of inventory can result in job cost errors and impact project profitability. Companies must establish detailed systems and procedures for tracking inventory transactions to ensure accurate cost information. Failure to maintain proper inventory control can lead to inflated costs, strained relationships with suppliers, and even impact banking and bonding relationships.

Late Payment to Subs and Suppliers

Delinquent payments to subcontractors and suppliers can disrupt project timelines and strain relationships. Prompt payment laws require contractors to pay subcontractors within a specified timeframe, but late payments can lead to subcontractors refusing to work or even legal action. Late payments to suppliers can also cause disruptions to field work and reduce profitability on projects. Ensuring timely payments is essential for maintaining strong relationships with subcontractors and suppliers and avoiding potential business failures.


The construction industry is fraught with risks, but with careful planning and proactive measures, companies can mitigate these risks and thrive in a competitive market. Failing to address risks associated with inaccurate accounting, inconsistent job cost tracking, inventory control challenges, and late payments, can make it difficult for construction companies to secure the surety bonds they need to guarantee the completion of their projects.

Construction companies can safeguard their financial health and position themselves for long-term success by partnering with Direct Surety, a truly unique Surety Bond expert. Using our deep experience as contractors, we are uniquely qualified to help an underwriter understand how a client of ours is equipped to manage specific project risks, thus enabling us to obtain bonds for our clients when others can not.

Stay tuned for the next installment in our series, where we’ll explore additional risk factors and strategies for success in the construction industry. Remember, understanding and managing risks is key to building a solid foundation for your construction business. And when it comes to securing surety bonds, trust Direct Surety for reliable solutions tailored to your needs.

Developers unveil plans for $2.5B MLS stadium complex in San Diego

Dive Brief:
  • A development group has revealed details of its plan for a $2.5 billion complex on the current site of Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, with a $200 million, 30,000-seat MLS soccer stadium at the development’s core, according to ESPN FC.
  • The entire SoccerCity project — which would include a trolley system, a 55-acre park and mixed-use developments — has a projected timeline of 15 to 20 years, but the stadium would be complete by 2020.
  • Although the project will be privately financed, developers are seeking enough signatures to put the development up for a vote to gauge public support.

Dive Insight:

The SoccerCity plan also allows space for a future NFL stadium in case the city wins another franchise. The Chargers announced their relocation to Los Angeles last month after voters rejected a proposed tax increase to foot the bill for a portion of the proposed stadium and convention center development. The team will share the Rams’ new $2.6 billion Inglewood, CA, stadium, which is currently under construction.

The group submitted its MLS application last month, and if approved, the Gensler-designed facility will be the home to the new franchise and the San Diego State University  Aztecs football team.

However, there could be a scuffle over who gets to build at the Qualcomm site, as earlier this month another developer said he and other investors are ready to build a new NFL stadium, also privately financed.

Doug Manchester, builder and former owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, sent a letter to the NFL informing them that his group could get a 70,000-seat stadium quickly underway for a new franchise, the Chargers or even the Raiders, which has seen some recent financial setbacks in its efforts to relocate to Las Vegas. Two major investors pulled out of the Raiders stadium deal, but the team said it has received interest from others willing to step in and provide financing options.