Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q. Why should my company hire you and what are the benefits?

  • You only pay for us when you need us, and at reasonable rates!
  • Why your company should be burdened with the cost of paying for an estimator in “down time?
  • We provide estimates nationwide, for all clients which includes the related regional pricing factors.
  • We provide our services on a first come first serve basis. Once you contract with us on a particular project, we guarantee to provide our service to only your company for that project and guarantee confidentiality.
  • Our company has been estimating projects since over a decade. It goes without saying that we have the experience in; commercial, municipal, governmental, industrial, historical, new residential, renovations and remodeling, design build, and green building projects.
  • The service we provide you is an expense you can deduct on your tax returns just like any other subcontractor.

Q. Once we retain your service for a particular project will you contract with another company for the same project and do you maintain client confidentiality?

We guarantee to work only for the company that enters into an agreement with us for a particular project on a first come first serve basis.

Integrity, honesty, and ethics are paramount to us. We maintain Estimator-Client privilege because our livelihood and the success of our business depend upon it.

Q. Should I solicit bids from my usual vendors, subs, etc. and forward them to you?

Yes, we strongly encourage it. If your company receives proposals from vendors i.e. materials, subcontractors, equipment, etc. please forward these to our company. This will assist in the estimating process.

If desired we are also capable of attaining vendors from your local area for necessary proposals for the estimate. Keep in mind that this may increase the time to complete the estimate, affecting the final cost for the estimate.

Q. How will my company discuss and understand the logic used to arrive at the estimate amount?

When our company has completed your estimate, we discuss the worksheets with you and can schedule an ‘online meeting’ to review the estimate together, line by line. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss the estimate logic regarding the take-off, in a team approach. In this meeting we can go over the estimate items; any questions or modifications can be made then or by you once you receive the report worksheets. Please note; Payment in full must be received prior to releasing the estimate reports. Our invoice will include a time allowance for the review.

Q. When & how do I receive the completed estimate?

Upon the clearing of payment in full we send out our complete package in Excel spread sheet via email.

Q. What are your charges?

Our charges apply on hourly basis, and most commonly these range from $20 - $25 depending on the scope of work.

Q. What is the Medium of payment?

You will be provided with the electronic invoice link, through which you will make the payment your own self as we don’t feel comfortable in sharing credit cards information over the phone.

Q. Can you give me an estimated cost quote before we sign a contract?

Yes. The cost of our service depends entirely on the size and type of the project. In order to provide you with a price quote, it is imperative that we see your plans and specifications. We will then analyze the project documents and provide you with a proposal and anticipated time frame on how long it will take to complete. We will provide you an estimated time proposal within hours or the next day. We do our best to perform and turn-around your estimate as expediently as we are able. Depending on the type of estimate, we offer an hourly rate, or “not to exceed” quote...

Q. How is the time spent on the estimate tracked?

Each day we keep a worksheet on the time spent on your estimate. Upon request we will email you the time spent working on your project. Any questions for clarity should be addressed in writing immediately. This eliminates questions for charged hours on the final invoice.

Q. Why should I pay an hourly fee which is higher than our typical employee rate?

We contract with you and offer a temporary service to assist you. Although our fee may seem higher than what you can pay a full-time employee, our fee is all inclusive to cover our overhead expense. Using our services on a short term basis will decrease your annual payroll expenses. Savings are realized in various areas; no down time costs for carrying employees in slow cycles, no workmen compensation expenses, no payroll taxes, no medical and retirement contributions, no vacation pay, no sick or Holiday payments. When these expenses are factored in, it is easy to see that you are saving money by contracting our company for your estimating needs.

Q. Will I win more jobs?

No one can guarantee winning projects; however the more bids submitted the higher the chance for project awards, which can increase business!

Q. How long will the turnaround time be for an estimate?

Estimating a project depends on many factors. What type of estimate is required? Is all the information provided? Level of document complexity and details required. These are the keys to shorter more accurate estimate turnaround time. Within a few hours we can give you a clearer approximation on the turn-around time once we see the project documents. Normal turn-around time is one week.

Q. Who do you usually provide estimating services for?

  • General Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Property Owners

Q. How do you estimate material or labor costs in other places of the country?

Material pricing and labor rates are adjusted regional using R.S. Means database standards.

Q. Can you just do separate divisions?

Yes – Depending on your requirements our estimators can generate the entire project or can perform a separate estimate on any division.

Q. How do you work?

We provide off shore services for estimation and we use very certified tools for take-offs like plan swift and blue beam. Procedure begins with the soft form of drawings or blue prints of the project that we import in the software and figure out the calculations division wise.

Q. How can you guarantee your accuracy?

Human can make the mistakes in calculations but software doesn’t, and we will calculate your whole job through certified tools which makes us confident enough to claim money back guarantee on our services.

Q. What is the guarantee to confidentiality of my belongings?

We are in business for years, and we have a list of permanent customers with our company who trust us and are still in business with our company. For your satisfaction, we will sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with you which will work as a legal document that we will be liable to keep your information confidential.