FAST ACCURATE ESTIMATING FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

We take the guesswork out of residential cost estimation for builders, architects, and homeowners.

We created Visual Costing ™ to estimate and display construction costs.

This uses 3D models to develop a comprehensive cost breakdown including labour, materials, subcontractors, and equipment, then uses views of the 3D model to show what is included.

WHAT WE DO

We provide fast accurate cost estimates, along with

high quality client presentation documents.

We work with early stage concept plans or full working drawings.

Builders

Want to win the work you want
and control building costs by
improving your quoting?

Being asked to price a concept?

We can sort it.

Architects

Does your concept fit the client’s budget?

We can help you know before it gets costly.

Homeowners

We provide an independent cost estimate suitable for use with banks, checking your builder and controlling your budget.

Renovations

Our technology is ideally suited for renovations proven over hundreds of jobs from small renovations, reclads, extensions, adding stories, through to extensive rebuilds.

New Builds

We have worked on all sorts of new houses. Minor dwellings, designer homes, standard plans, modular housing, transportable homes, terrace houses, executive mansions.

Large Scale Housing

Gaps in your process?

We can develop customised services for group builders or multi-unit constructors.

Building the future

Renovations

New Houses

Satisfied clients

Project value estimated ($Million)

Our Services

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Concept Estimates

Giving an early-stage idea of the project costs using assumptions before it gets expensive to make changes.

We’ll calculate construction or renovation costs for all trades from excavation to completion.

Our early-stage estimate will help you visualise your project construction or renovation costs.

Detailed Estimates

Giving us detailed plans will give you more detailed and accurate costs for your project.

Our client report will break down costs into separate areas works making it easy to understand.

Our Reports

We have prepared some sample reports to highlight the quality and details of the information we supply based on your drawings.

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Our reports come with your logo embedded so you can pass them on directly to your clients.

Our Clients

Some of the clients we’ve provided quantity surveying or consultancy services to :

 

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WHAT PRICES DO YOU USE?

We can use your merchant price lists or our market rates database.  We use your labour rates and you mark-ups.  We provide market rate allowances for client choice items.

We maintain a database of subcontract rates, equipment hire costs, and the like by averaging information collected from projects.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS?
  1. You send us the drawings.
  2. We review and give a fee proposal.
  3. We review the drawings in detail send you any questions for clarification.  You advise us your hourly rates, mark-ups, etc.  If required, we schedule a phone call to talk through the project to make sure that we understand your construction strategy and address any issues that we may need to allow for that aren’t evident from the drawings.
  4. You advise us your hourly rates, mark-ups, etc.
  5. We model the work and create a detailed Builder Estimate for you to review.
  6. We apply any changes that you’d like to make and give you the Client Estimate for presentation to your client.
  7. We can then upload the estimate into your system.
WHAT DO YOU PROVIDE?

We provide you with a couple of standard reports, one is a priced quantity schedule for you to check through and satisfy yourself with the detail of what we have estimated.  It includes a breakdown of sub-trade costs, allowances, and details labour build-up.  The report is broken into separate scopes with a 3D picture and schedule of elements.

The other main one is a client estimate.  This gives a total price for each scope along with a 3D picture of the scope with  colour coded key and includes a schedule of the allowances.

See examples <<here>>

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Our standard turnaround time is 10 working days but this can vary depending on our workload. 

If you need it more quickly, please get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help you.

Of course, these times are subject to availability.   We’ll confirm and agree a turnaround time when you confirm the job.

HOW ACCURATE ARE YOU?

There are two parts to answering this: is what I expect included, and have you calculated the costs correctly?  Our technology is a big advance forward in solving these two problems that are issues with any estimate.

By using a 3D model anyone can easily see what is included and just how big it is.  Our estimate report gives you a 3D visualisation for each scope, a short description of the work, a schedule of the building elements, and a detailed cost breakdown.

The cost breakdown does a complete “bottom up” estimate for every 3D element using its characteristics and dimensions.  Rather than relying on estimators gut feel for how long something will take and what it will cost, we have developed detailed costing algorithms based on industry best practice, suppliers installation information, years of experience, and feedback from our customers, to calculate the required materials, materials, equipment, sub contractors, and labour as accurately as possible.  It has taken years to research and develop our costing assemblies and they contain decades of organisational knowledge that is now available to you.

An experienced estimator could achieve the level of detail and accuracy by hand using traditional estimating methods, but it would take days to do this across a project, using the power of computers means that we can do it in minutes, and the accuracy is repeatable.

Bottom line, we aim at being within 5 – 10% for construction drawings and 10 – 20% for concept designs.

WHY ARE YOU DIFFERENT?

We use a 3D system to model the work.  This model has elements that represent the real world, like walls, doors, demolition, scaffolding, and so on.  Being visual, it is easy to see what is included and what isn’t.

We use these elements to calculate the costs involved in doing that work including labour, materials, sub contractors, and equipment.  The elements have dimensions but also are intelligent so know what they are and what they are made.   This allows for very accurate costs.