Budgeting is key to anyone planning a building project and it is important for both clients and contractors to establish early on whether or not their cost expectations are broadly in line.
Some people initially ask for a rough cost estimate for what they would like to do. We are happy to make site visits and provide ballpark estimates based on basic drawings and/or descriptions, which can provide a good starting point.
Under the process, most people will ask for quotes from several contractors. This is sensible but only if they are all quoting for the same work. In order to produce a detailed quote which will break the project down into quantified elements with associated costs, we need the following elements:
- Architect’s drawings
- Structural engineer’s drawings and calculations (if relevant)
- A schedule of works – a quantified list of the work and materials required.