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 enough information. Depending on the scale of the project, this can include detailed architects’ drawings, structural drawings and a schedule of works.
We can provide free ballpark estimates from a site visit and basic drawings or descriptions, which can give you a useful starting point. Once we have all the relevant information, we can go on to produce accurate, detailed quotes.
Good building contractors are likely to be booked up in advance and, if you choose to get competitive quotes from different firms, you may have to compromise on timing to fit in with a builder’s availability, as you will only be able to appoint them partway through the process.
The other option is to work on a negotiated tender basis, which involves:
We can bring new ideas and additional expertise to this process, especially in 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 competitive quotes from different builders, the only way you can get like-for-like comparisons is to provide them with a definitive schedule of works.
We can provide a schedule of works as a stand-alone service, with fees starting at £400 +VAT. If you went on to appoint Get Turner for your project, this fee would be deducted from your costs.