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Have you ever...

spent a whole week preparing a quote for a client only to have them tell you that it’s way out of their budget?

Have you ever...

knocked back potential work because you just don’t have time to put together a rough estimate?

Have you ever...

wished you had someone to do your pesky estimating work?

Preliminary Estimates

Preliminary Estimates (also known as Elemental Estimates) are perfect for giving your prospective client a ballpark figure to see if the project is in their price range, before you invest hours of your own precious time. A Preliminary Estimate will provide a rough guide to the probable cost of a building. It is often used for an initial feasibility study when the project is still in the concept stage, after basic plans have been drawn up, to give the client a rough idea of what the contract price might be.

Competitive Advantage

You can give yourself a huge advantage over your competitors by getting a price back to your client within days of providing the plans, rather than weeks or sometimes months.

Client Confidence

Win favour with your prospective client as you value them by responding quickly. There are more ‘Millennials’ entering the market and they don’t care about getting several quotes; they’ll stick with whoever looks after them.  A Preliminary Estimate is a great way to start the relationship.

Reduce Wasted Effort

Sometimes a prospective client really just wants to know how much more they have to save. Instead of wasting days or even weeks of your own effort for something that may not even eventuate, let Alliance Estimating produce a ballpark figure within 48 hours.

Preliminary Estimates are not something you want to use to go straight to contract with, but they very quickly let you know if it’s in your client’s price range.

Elements Used

A Preliminary Estimate will break down the cost of your project into the following elements:

  • Preliminaries
  • Substructure
  • Superstructure – Upper Floors
  • Superstructure – Staircase
  • Superstructure – Roof
  • Superstructure – External Walls and Windows
  • Superstructure – External Doors
  • Superstructure – Internal Walls
  • Superstructure – Internal Screens
  • Superstructure – Internal Doors

  • Finishes – Wall
  • Finishes – Floor
  • Finishes – Ceiling
  • Fitments
  • Services – Plumbing
  • Services – Mechanical
  • Services – Fire
  • Services – Electrical
  • External Services
  • Contingency

  • Preliminaries
  • Substructure
  • Superstructure – Upper Floors
  • Superstructure – Staircase
  • Superstructure – Roof
  • Superstructure – External Walls and Windows
  • Superstructure – External Doors
  • Superstructure – Internal Walls
  • Superstructure – Internal Screens
  • Superstructure – Internal Doors
  • Finishes – Wall
  • Finishes – Floor
  • Finishes – Ceiling
  • Fitments
  • Services – Plumbing
  • Services – Mechanical
  • Services – Fire
  • Services – Electrical
  • External Services
  • Contingency

 

 

Working out the costs

To work out the costs associated with each element, we first determine an approximate square metre cost for the project. The elements are then each assigned a percentage value of the projects overall cost, based on a number of factors.

Both the square metre cost and the percentage assigned to each element are based on average prices for typical buildings, but are largely determined by the following parameters:

  • Type of building (eg. project home, individual house, townhouses, apartments, etc…)
  • Basic construction methods (eg. framed, brick veneer, full brick, etc…)
  • Standard of finish (eg. basic, medium, high, prestige)
  • Location of the project (prices are indexed to the closest capital city and loadings for regional areas then applied)

What you get

  • marked-up plans so you can see what’s been estimated (and what hasn’t)
  • a spreadsheet breaking down the cost of each element in the construction project
  • a report detailing how and what has been estimated, including definitions of all of the elements
  • returned within two working days
  • the satisfaction of saving yourself hours, or even days, of your own time

Prices Include GST

TAKE BACK YOUR TIME

Looking for a quick, ball-park estimate to provide your prospective client? A Preliminary Estimate will do the trick.

When you’re looking to provide a little more than just a rough figure, a Composite Estimate will be more specific where you need it.

To seal the deal, a Detailed Estimate will deliver enough information to provide your client with a contract price.