The High Cost of Bad Data in Construction Lending

Data is the bedrock for informed business decisions. In an era where data-driven strategies dominate, organizations rely heavily on the precision and accessibility of their data to navigate complex landscapes. The significance of timely and accurate data cannot be overstated from identifying trends to optimizing operations.

As a construction lender juggling a complex loan portfolio, access to your data is imperative to make informed decisions on funding, staffing, and risk mitigation. Bad data in construction lending can be more than just a minor annoyance. It can cost you time, money, and even damage your reputation. So, let’s explore the impact of bad data and discover some solutions.

What is Bad Data Anyway?

Before we explore the cost of bad data, let’s quickly define what it entails. Bad data encompasses data that is fraught with errors, hard to access, incomplete, redundant, or not in alignment with established standards. Bad data’s impact is far-reaching. Think about it like cracks in the foundation of your construction project. You cannot trust it to support your build over time. It extends beyond monetary expenses associated with data cleaning and rectification efforts. It can include missed opportunities, compromised decision-making, decreased productivity, damaged reputation, and lost trust.

The Costly Consequences

Inaccurate or unavailable data is not just an inconvenience; it can have profound financial implications. According to industry studies, companies lose an average of 12% of their annual revenue due to poor data quality¹. Other studies show that workers waste up to 50% of time hunting for data, identifying and correcting errors, and confirming data they do not trust². Let’s break down the consequences:

Imagine relying on outdated or unreliable data when making crucial decisions. It’s a recipe for disaster. Construction projects face numerous delays due to bad data, resulting in extended timelines, increased costs, and delayed payments.

Incomplete or non-conforming data can lead to mistakes during the requesting and funding of construction draws. This impacts profitability and damages client relationships and your reputation within the industry.

Increased Costs
Bad data can cause errors and costly rework. Gartner research has found that organizations believe poor data quality to be responsible for an average of $15 million per year³ in losses.

Compliance Issues
Construction lending comes with its fair share of regulatory requirements. Inadequate or inaccessible data can make it challenging to meet these obligations, potentially resulting in penalties or legal consequences. Even the seemingly straightforward task of completing 1099s can quickly spiral into a laborious month-long endeavor of manually sifting through data.

Finding the Solution for Data Nirvana

Now that we understand the potential impact of bad data, let’s explore some solutions that can save you from this costly affair.

Centralized Data Platform
One of the most effective ways to combat bad data is by using a single platform that provides lenders with access to quality data in any way they want and at any time. This streamlines the data management process, reduces errors, and ensures everyone works with accurate information and one source of truth.

Access to Data On-Demand
Imagine you urgently need crucial data from your software, only to be met with a vendor who demands a special request, a week-long wait, and additional charges for each report. Clearly, this is not a sustainable process. Your tools should grant you on-demand access to all your vital data whenever needed. After all, your decisions rely on this information.

Now that you have a single source of truth and data access on your terms, automation can help eliminate errors and missed steps. Automation tools like budget mapping and dynamic draw workflows can ensure the data collected in your system is accurate and timely.

Collaborative Approach
Foster collaboration between all stakeholders involved in the construction lending process. Tools should provide transparency in processes and communication, information sharing, and a culture of accountability to minimize data discrepancies and maximize project success.


With the right tools, processes, and a collaborative mindset, you can significantly reduce the impact of bad data on your projects. Investing in a centralized data platform that allows you full access to your data will go a long way in ensuring your projects run smoothly and profitably.

For more information on how Land Gorilla can solve your reporting and data challenges associated with construction lending, click here for a demo.

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