Outsourcing is the idea of using an outside party for certain services that are usually done by the company in-house.

By outsourcing this service to other people, you can save time by relying on experts to help complete the task. Outsourcing is a common practise used in the construction industry, with looking for a company to provide accurate utility plans being a popular option.

Hiring a team of professionals to carry out this service comes with many benefits, so we thought we’d run down some of the main benefits of outsourcing utility searches.


Cost Effective

Nothing comes cheap these days, but there are definitely ways of saving a few pennies in the construction business.

Identifying the relevant utility companies, finding the correct contact details for your application and processing multiple applications all takes time, which in turn costs you money. In an industry as competitive as construction, saving money is essential, so outsourcing these lengthly tasks to professionals seems like a smart choice, doesn’t it?

If you’re looking to keep costs on the minimum, we pride ourselves on offering a cheaper and quicker service. We have managed to build business processes that reduce our costs, save on processing time and provide a high quality product in general.


Time Efficient

By outsourcing utility plans to a company like ourselves, you can enlist the help of systems that are designed to complete utility searches as time efficient as possible.

Using a search company for utility plans takes only a couple of minutes to request a utility search, as opposed to the long time it would usually take.

We know that time is money, so we’ve recently introduced an Instant Access Plans service that allows you to access your utility plans as soon as we receive them. In doing so, this allows you to start work earlier and give you greater control over your projects.


Rely On Expertise

As you’ve probably realised by now, we are experts when it comes to providing utility searches.

Our 14 years of experience in offering underground utility searches show that we know what we are doing. Outsourcing this service to someone like us allows you to call upon this experience to receive a high quality service from people who have a passion and knowledge for what they do.

With over 35,000 completed searches under our belts, we like to think we have some experience in delivering a fast and efficient utility search service.


Frees Up Valuable Time

Requesting utility plans can be a lengthly task, especially if you don’t know what you are doing.

Waiting for utility plans to come through can delay a project for an unwanted amount of time, and anyone who works in the construction industry knows how frustrating this can be.

When trying to get a project completed on time, ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted workflow is key. Allowing a company like Cornerstone to take care of the utility plans will free up a lot of time that can be better spent elsewhere.


More Accurate Searches

With each year that passes, it’s getting harder and harder to keep a track of all of the different utility companies.

Dealing with these kinds of searches every day, search companies are more experienced in spotting any errors and making sure they are as accurate as possible.


Builds Relationships

Another benefit to employing the service of a smaller utility search company is the relationship built in doing so.

Using a company like Cornerstone, you are not treated like just another order and put into a queue. Dealing with actual humans with a passion for what they do is an experience that is rewarding and efficient, and we pride ourselves on our relationships with our clients.


Prevents Any Potential Damage

Last but definitely not least, outsourcing utility searches to a professional team like ourselves ensures that you get your plans in a timely and efficient manner, making sure that your team knows exactly where any buried utilities are located.

Striking an underground utility can lead to fatal consequences, and will almost definitely lead to delays. As well as causing injury to a member of the team, it can end up being very costly – and nobody wants that.

Being able to accurately locate and work around buried utilities is essential for ensuring your team’s health and safety, so outsourcing your utility plan needs to the experts seems like the right option.



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