Building Estimator

How do I Know If The Estimator Is Experienced ?

You need to check that the Building Estimator that you are employing has experience in the field of estimating that you want assistance with. The current building market seen a lot of out of work estimators start up estimating businesses because they can get work as an estimator. Think about that for a minute, if nobody else will employ them as a building estimator you should seriously consider if you should as well.

Here are Some Key Questions to ask:

  • What Estimating Software Do You Use ?

If the answer is I have my own system or I just use excel you need to seriously reconsider using this estimator. Professional Building Estimators use Professional Building Estimating Software such as Databuild or Buildsoft. We personally prefer to use Databuild.

If the answer is no we use budgets or something like “we can save you money doing budgets in excel” or you dont need a full bill of quantities then be careful. Professional Building Estimators will provide a fully priced bill of quantities detailing every nut and bolt and all labour broken down into a format that a builder would use to purchase the materials and subcontract the labour.
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  • Where do you get your price list from ?

This is an important question, You need to be sure the Building Estimator is actively sourcing their own pricing and getting feedback from their clients.

  • Do You Own a Rawlinsons Construction Guide.

This is an important question to ask, anybody who is serious about estimating will own a recent Rawlinsons Handbook.

  • Do you hold a builders licence
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Another good test to determine the level of experience and understanding of onsite issues. The director of Speedy Systems holds a current builders licence and builds a number of speculative homes each year.