Whenever you become involved in a construction project, you first bid on it. To make a bid properly, it’s helpful if you make an estimate first, so that you can come close to what it’s actually going to entail before you place your bid and thus be sure to make a profit. If your construction estimate is accurate, it will involve all areas of expenditure, and will also give you a good idea of the time and materials required for the job. Your estimate must be drawn up correctly so that your actual costs are close to the estimated costs.
In construction, professionalism is very important. You cannot ask the client for an additional amount of money that far exceeds the estimated amount you first bid. On the other hand, if you bid with a very high estimate, you will very likely lose the contract, because the contractor with a lower bid is going to be far more attractive to the client.
Therefore, estimating properly is very important to the construction job and to the costs you entail. As a contractor, you must take into account all areas of the job involved and draw up an estimate that will be accurate. Simply put, your construction estimate should be very close to the costs and time you will actually incur. There are four important requirements to meet as you draw up your construction estimate. All costs should be included in your estimate. You must also make sure that you overlook nothing.
First, you must make an estimate of all materials you’ll require, as well as their costs. Make sure that you do not need to ask the client for more money after the initial estimate is established. This will not only will make you look unprofessional, but your client may lose trust in you and in the job that you do. Make sure that you include labor costs in your estimate, as this is a very important part of the overall project cost. Labor costs may include hiring construction workers, plumbers and electricians. Take care to be as accurate as possible when you are figuring out what your labor costs will be. You’ll also need the correct number of laborers to complete the construction work on schedule, as well as to make it cost-effective. You must also properly estimate the time required to complete the work. An important component of this is to estimate properly how long different stages of the job will take within the whole job as projected.
Estimates can be classified into different types. These are a detailed estimate and an approximate estimate. Both of these types of estimates should be drawn when you are doing estimation. A detailed estimate covers every aspect of the job you’ll be doing, including materials on their costs, labor and equipment costs, and the time required to get the job done. It covers every aspect and is more accurate and realistic than an approximate estimate is.
The contractor should give an accurate estimate of costs and use high-quality materials to complete the job in question. The contractor’s reputation is at stake, and will be damaged if the work done is substandard. It may also be hurt if the estimate is inaccurate or otherwise of poor quality. Therefore, it’s important to both give an accurate estimate and to use high-quality materials to maintain your reputation in the construction industry.
Nick Hurd is the developer of LiteningFast Estimating. LiteningFast is an estimating program that helps you estimate faster, easier and more accurately. It’s integrated with QuickBooks to provide job cost. It was introduced to tbe market in 1994 and currently has over 3,500 users in the US, Canada, and around the world.