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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Estimate Every Job

Pro Construction Guide: Whether you are preparing an estimate for a competitively bid project or just trying to figure out costs for the work you want to do, use the following steps to assure your estimates are organized, accurate and complete. Before you start, review any plans and specifications, and see if you’ll need suppliers or contractors to complete the work. If so, get them the information they need to price their work as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute usually results in pricing that is inaccurate.


DJ Lesh said...

This article is very relevant as it is very similar to what we are talking about in Technical Direction. It can also very easily be applied to theater. The method of splitting up different types of costs is used by technical directors every time they create an estimate. I also found this very useful as I do a lot of small construction jobs for neighbors and find it very hard to give an accurate estimate. While what I do is much smaller than the projects contractors do, it is still extremely relevant and I do plan on using a lot of techniques they talk about in the article. One very important one is getting multiple quotes when dealing with subcontractors and making sure to ask for detailed estimates not just a total cost, and also making sure to receive them at least a day before your estimate is due to your client.

blue Williger said...

Seeing as we are working on a project in technical production that is centered around estimates, I found this article intriguing. Though this article isn't written for technical directors, it can still be used by them. Though they work in very different scales, budgets, and timeframes, technical directors and contractors have very similar duties and responsibilities. They both do thing like hire subcontractors, decide how things will be built, and most importantly in regard to this article, create estimates.

One thing that I found funny was that they had to specify that you should make sure you know what scale is used on the drawing or detail. To me, in the world of professional contractors and technical directors, this should be second nature. if a drawing or detail doesn't have a scale, has an inaccurate scale, or has no dimensions it would be nearly impossible to build to the specifications intended by the designer or architect.