When planning a building project, the first thing most people want to know is how much it will cost. Budgeting is a major part of any project and, to be able to work out accurate costs, contractors need to have sufficient information. Depending on the scale of the project, this can include detailed architect’s drawings, structural drawings and a schedule of works.
We can provide initial cost estimates – following a site visit and/or with basic drawings – which can give you a useful starting point. It is only we have all the relevant information, that we can go on to produce accurate, detailed quotes.
Good building contractors are likely to be booked up well in advance. If you put your project out to competitive tender to get comparative quotes from different contractors, you may have to compromise on timing to fit in with the successful builder’s availability.
If timing is crucial to you, the other option is a ‘negotiated tender’ with a selected contractor. Many of our clients choose to work with us in this way, which involves:
We can bring new ideas and additional expertise to this process, such as selecting suppliers and finishes, and suggesting ways of keeping costs down. As you will only have costs from one contractor, you can appoint an independent Quantity Surveyor to check that our prices are fair.
A schedule of works is an itemised, quantified list of all the work and materials required for a project, which forms the basis of a detailed quote. If you get quotes from different building contractors, the only way you can get like-for-like comparisons is to provide them with a definitive schedule of works.