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Construction glossary

What is Leverage?

Within the construction industry, "leverage" often alludes to the concept of using a relatively small initial investment, or resources such as machinery, time, or manpower, to gain a high return. This generally references the strategic procurement and deployment of resources or borrowed capital to increase the potential return of an investment. Leverage is particularly strategic in construction management, as it allows contractors to undertake larger projects than they could otherwise afford, enhancing their potential profit. For instance, the acquisition of a construction crane may require a significant upfront investment, but allow for much more effective work on high-rise projects, enabling the contractor to command a higher price for the job. Therefore, the term "leverage" refers to optimizing resources or borrowed funds to increase efficiency, achieve greater scale and amplify profits in construction ventures.