How to spend less money and earn more
For most simulation economies, Construction simulator is quite forgiving. For the most part, you shouldn’t find yourself too short of cash. But that also doesn’t mean that you can just spend your funds without a care in the world. This guide should help you stay afloat and keep the money flowing.
These are just a few key things to keep in mind so you can both earn more rewards for every job and keep more money in your account. You shouldn’t need to take out a loan either.
Save money in Construction simulator
- Properly assess whether you want to buy a machine or just rent it — Construction simulator has multiple tasks to perform, so you’ll often be using all sorts of different machines. That said, you’ll want to hold off trying to build a large fleet as soon as possible, especially early in the game. Machine rental prices are pretty fair, and if you only need the machine for a part of a job, you may very well only get a few. minutes However, there are machines that you will use more often than others, such as cranes (whether tower or mobile). You start with a mobile crane and flatbed truck combo, and they’ll serve you well in most cases. Bigger jobs will require bigger equipment, so a tower crane may be your next complete purchase. Bulldozers and front-end loaders are also frequently used, as are cement mixers.
- Quickly return rented machines — You will notice that each time you rent a machine, the money is not automatically debited from your account. On the contrary, it is only taken once you have returned the machine. So if you return it as soon as you’re done using it, you’ll only have to pay a small fraction of the daily rental fee. When the clock strikes 1am, however, you will be charged the full daily amount for any machines that have not been returned. So be sure to check your vehicle selection menu to make sure all machines are returned before the job ends or right after it is done.
- Storage will save you — For owned vehicles, remember to send them to the Vehicle Hall when not in use. This will keep them well organized and they will also be maintained automatically, all for free. This includes refueling and repairs made. The process, however, is not instantaneous. Several minutes in the real world will have to pass before the machines return to “the perfect state”.
- Fast travel or not? — Fast travel in Construction simulator is great for lazier times, but sometimes it’s just more efficient. Some vehicles are not roadworthy, so it is necessary to move them by means of a vehicle trailer or fast moving. In some cases, fast travel is the only option, as not all machines can go on a trailer. If you have options, just take a look at the cost of a quick trip to your desired destination versus loading on a trailer. In most cases, the fast travel option is cheaper. If you plan to buy a semi-trailer with a vehicle trailer, the equivalent cost of overtime moving quickly will take some time; most slots only cost a few hundred credits or less. So, again, fast travel turns out to be the best option. In fact, in the Milestones section of the Company menu, you’ll see that if you keep using fast travel, you’ll get a discount once a new stage of that specific milestone is reached. Speaking of…
- Regular customer discount — In addition to fast travel discounts, the Milestones menu tracks what stage you’re at with other discounts, including machine rentals and bulk material purchases. So while the game technically penalizes you for using conveniences like fast travel, that penalty diminishes over time.
- Skilled Businessman — Completing more jobs allows you to level up and gain skill points. In the Skills menu, you can use these skill points and upgrade skills which will reduce fuel cost and wear and tear, in addition to other useful benefits.
- Buy yourself in bulk — Some machines, like cement mixers and dump trucks, allow you to use the context menu to instantly fill their containers with the bulk material you need. However, it is a bit more economical to go to the gravel factory yourself and get what you need.
- Buy building materials yourself — You will often need to purchase building materials for certain jobs. When purchasing them, you can have them delivered to your warehouse to store them for future work or you can have the necessary materials delivered to the construction site. If your rig is big enough to carry everything, it may be more economical to just load them onto the trailer and take them to the site.
Now that we’ve discussed spending less money, how about doing more?
Earn more money by Building simulator
- More time, more money — For more complex tasks, you can change the scope of the task before accepting it. If you look in the lower left corner of the briefing menu, you will see three values: Low, Medium, High. As expected, a “high” range level will require you to spend a lot more time at work, but will reward you with a larger paycheck. You can see the differences in time and currency values directly in the same menu. However, this option does not apply to all contracts. It only seems to apply to contracts involving many transactions, such as the construction of a house.
- Skill Booster — Just as there are skills to reduce the cost of certain expenses, there is also a skill gauge to increase your rewards when completing a job. Called the “Good Businessman” skill, completing it as soon as possible will earn you the biggest payouts.
- Resell the bulk — If you have volume left over from a job, you can sell it back to the Gravel Factory to get back some of the money spent. If you have a job that requires you to dig up any material with machinery like an excavator or a front end loader, then you can dump the unnecessary material into a dump truck and take it to the gravel plant for earn extra money. Any unused material left on site will disappear upon completion of the job.
- Don’t overlook the small jobs — In construction simulator, there are side missions in addition to the main campaign tasks. For side missions, there are larger jobs, like building parks and repairing roads, as well as smaller activities like transporting materials. Don’t overlook these little options, even if they’re only worth a few thousand credits. Not only are they quick and easy to browse, but the extra cash may very well come in handy to save you from the clutches of a loan.
By following these tips, you should keep your cash flow constant when doing different jobs around the world. Building simulator.