Contract Estimating: How Does This Work?
One of two things is true of how you build homes, either you use a detailed estimate or you don’t. When we talk about a detailed estimate, we mean someone sat down with the house plans and calculated the material quantities for the entire house and then applied current pricing to the quantities. This detailed estimate will take considerable proactive time to prepare but can be worth every second when used from start to finish during the build process. It helps you plan for profit instead of hoping for profit. It will give you valuable information to make key decisions during the build and, most important, it will be a gauge which will help you keep track of costs while you build. So if you are one of the builders how does not use a detailed estimate it is probably because you don’t have the time or tools to complete one.
An Introduction to Contract Estimating
Contract Estimating is quite simple and is just like any other subcontractor or third party you already use. Like an accountant who you work with quarterly and during tax time or even your carpenters who work on the houses when you need them. With Contract Estimating you send spec and plans to us and in a short time we return the crucial information you need. You may want a set of material quantities for an entire house or just a framing material take-off, we can do that. You may want to go deeper and have us apply your pricing to the material quantities and deliver a full plan estimate. We do that too!
Once you email your plans and specs to use we will prepare a custom quote for that plan. We can discuss the process before to make sure you fully understand it. Once your comfortable and we have all the necessary information, we go to work. Depending on the work you want performed you could have your take-offs in as little as a few days. If you don’t have all the specs written out, that’s okay, we have a standard spec sheet you can fill out. And we will have as many phone conversations as necessary to gather the information. After the first one or to plans we work on for you it all becomes very routine, you send us the plan and we send you the take-offs.
We do Remodeling Take-offs Too!
Remodeling take-offs work the same. A very detailed set of construction drawings is necessary to be sure to discern between the existing condition and the new work.