What to look for in a building estimate

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What to look for in a building estimate

When you’re looking for a builder, it is important to make sure they tick everything on your checklist; after all you’re trusting them with your home (or commercial premises), your safety, and a significant sum of money.

Ahead of any conversations, ask to see previous examples of the type of work you are looking for and customer testimonials. Make sure you meet prospective contractors before they quote so you can get a feel for working with them, and don’t be afraid to ask questions and establish expectations.

Your quotation is the first opportunity to evidence transparency

We believe honesty and trust between both parties is crucial to a successful relationship and as such we are completely transparent from the outset by delivering a detailed and costed specification that enables us to give you a fixed cost quotation for your building project.

Your quotation will give you all information that you need to make an informed decision based on our detailed research of your specifications. If you are considering building works, you should challenge an ‘estimate’ that is thin on detail and ask for a fully-specified fixed-price quotation for the project.

What if I want to change my mind?

We understand that things can change, and our customers often decide to add extra works, change, or upgrade fittings during the build process. When this happens, we create an additional fixed-price cost and inventory, discussed and agreed with the client in writing in advance of any purchases or works.

Ask any prospective contractor how they deal with any changes to specifications and make sure you have an agreed process for billing.

Valuing your time

At John O’Connell we understand that any building work is disruptive, so every customer has a detailed schedule of works with a projected timeline agreed in advance. Our aim is to minimise disruption, and we  work continuously behind the scenes to ensure everything runs to schedule. Your office co-ordinator will provide you with regular updates on progress and answer any questions you have .

Why is a fixed-price quotation important?

According to UK Construction, a whopping 69% of building projects exceed their budget. Having a detailed specification and quantity surveying as part of the quotation (don’t rely on an estimate) can ensure you have a head start and the opportunity to looks at some cost-saving alternatives before the build starts. Communication, professional processes and in-house expertise (all our trades are in-house so we don’t have to rely on subcontractors) will save you time, money, disruption and stress.

If you’re planning a building project, take a look at some of our case studies from happy customers and work with a building contractor who thrives on recommendation.

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