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Building Trade Quotes FAQs

Building Trade Quotes FAQs

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1. What kind of construction and building takeoff services do you guys provide? 1. We measure and document all the building and construction items on the design plans with particular reference to your trade
2. What is construction takeoff ? Is that a building quote? 2. A takeoff is the measurement from the plans of all the building materials. It can be for everything or just one trade
3. What do you mean by construction or building “margin/mark-up”? 3. These refer to the profit portion of your construction or building quote. Markup is the amount or % added to your costs and Margin is the amount remaining after all the costs are paid.
4. As a tradie, I have a big construction job to tender. Can you do a building quote for me? 4. Yes, we have solutions for the smallest to the largest construction, building and trade businesses
5. How much do your construction estimating services cost? 5. We have various rates and charges depending on your construction and building trade and the amount of detail you need. More information is available on our: What it costs pages
6. How long does it take for me a get the quote back? 6. We have a regular turnaround of between 5-7 working days but work to meet your deadlines
7. I don’t have the rates for my trade , can you still do a quote for me?7. Yes, we have worked with loads of businesses to calculate their rates to ensure they can make money
8. I have this urgent job to submit? Can you do it really quick? 8. Yes, send us all the details and we can prioritise this project to meet your deadline. There is an additional 25% loading for extrememly urgent project. Contact us with you project details.
9. How detailed is your takeoff ? 9. We can provide as much or as little detail as you need. Overall m2 of works or list of materials to complete just tell us what you want.
10. If there is a new an addendum for the job, can you revise your quote ? Any additional charges? 10. Usually addendums are provided during the tender period but occasionally they come after the quote is submitted. We are more than happy to review and revise the quote . Usually these are minimal so there is no charge
11. I am only a small business, can I afford to outsource my estimating ? 11. We have solutions to fit your budget. You may be surprised how cost effective we are. Can you NOT afford to outsource your estimating ? the late nights and missed deadlines cost you far more than having a professional take care of it for you.
12. I know what I want to charge I just don’t have time to do it myself, can you help? 12. Yes that is great, we can set up a library of your rates so we can complete your quotes for you and they will be the same as they would be if you had done it.
13. I don’t have nice quote letter , can you help? 13. Yes we will prepare a formal and professional quote letter so that you impress your clients and win more jobs
14. I want to quote on a job much larger than I usually do but not sure where to start. 14. We work on large projects every day so send it to us and we will guide you through it
15. I want to look more professional , can you help me with my tender submission ?15. Yes, we can put together a submission that will shine. Some project photos and some stories about your business will make you look and feel pro!
16. How do you charge me? 16. We have different ways depending on what sort of job you have. A lot of the time it is per m2 we count. That way if it’s a small job we only charge for what we do!
17. Is there difference in costs between Residential or Commercial work? 17. Yes we have fixed rates for the residential building quotes and m2 rates for the commercial trades
18. Can you guarantee the takeoffs and quotes are accurate? 18. Yes. We work with you to make sure your 100% satisfied before you send it off to your client
19. What software are you using? Are they “one size fits all” solutions in the construction industry ?19. We use a variety of software, we decide what is most relevant for your business in the initial setup process. As you know there are so many variables in this industry so they are all flexible so we can tailor a solution just for you.
20. I am considering changing my takeoff services provider , what are OptiBuild’s advantages compared to your competitors. 20. Our estimating team is from different parts of the industry, this means we have a spread of knowledge across most trades and services. We are also flexible in what we can provide you, we can help you as much or as little so that we can tailor a solution that suits your requirements and budget.
21. My normal estimator charges less than you, can you match their price? 21. Happy to discuss what your previous supplier provided you. We usually find that we provide a more thorough service. But can always scale back what we do to match what you are used to and you never know…we may then be cheaper!
22. Is there any extra charge for urgent cases? 22. We have a 25% surcharge on projects where you have a short lead time.
23. What is Estimating ? 23. Estimating is the process of calculating the expected costs to complete a job
24. What is a Tender ? 24. A Tender usually refers to the process whereby Builders or Commercial clients invite bids for large projects that must be submitted within a finite deadline.
25. What is a Takeoff ? 25. A Takeoff is a term used in engineering and construction and refers to a list of quantities of materials that are required to build all or part of a project.
26. How do I know what you have included in the takeoff or quote ? 26. We provide a detailed list of inclusions and exclusions combined with a marked plan highlighting everything we have included. Always happy to talk through the project so you have clarity.
27. What if we need to meet to discuss the details of a job? 27. for those times a phone call doesn’t cut it we use a video conference call, we can meet face to face and look at the same screen so we discuss all the finer details.
28. I am just starting out and don’t know what to charge, can you help?28.Yes, we can discuss general industry rates then compare to any costs that you know within your business. Everyones costs are different and this effects what you should charge. Some strategic questions usually gets the ball rolling
29. I have done a lot of work getting my prices worked out so I win work and make money, I don’t want your other clients using mine.29. One price does not suit all. Your overheads and material costs are different to the next guys and we explain this to anyone. We do have privacy agreements with a few clients if you want some extra comfort.
30. My drawings are not to scale can you still help? 30. Yes, we can fix that with some scaling in the software we use
31. I received 100+ drawings from the builder, I don’t even know where to start. 31. Send them all to us, we are used to trawling through to get the relevant plans. All part of the service
32. The builder just sent a link. Can you get the plans? 32. Yes, we deal with these all the time. It’s all part of the service. Send us the link and we will take it from there
33. What if you have questions that I don’t know?33. With your approval we can call the builder on your behalf, this means we get the answers fast and no Chinese whispers.
34. I use estimate one, can you get the drawings from there? 34. Yes. Provide us with your details and we can jump in and get anything we need for the job
35. Multiple builders have asked me to quote on this job, do I get charged more than once? 35. No, we can prepare your quote addressed to each builder no extra charge
36. We are not in Melbourne, can you do our quotes? 36. Yes, we have clients all over the country. Because we work from the plans you email us and we email you back. No problem (we have clients in Melbourne that we are yet to meet in person)
37. The builder keeps changing the scope of works , can you quote the variations ?37. Yes, we can help all manner of contract administration , quoting and tracking variations , preparing end of month claims. Tell us what your needs are and we can tailor a solution
38. I have great trade prices with some of my suppiliers, I don’t want my competitors finding out38. We don’t share your information with other clients.
39. The builder has sent me 100's of drawings, I don’t know where to start.39. Not a problem, send us them all, we will go through and find the ones relevent to your trade .
40. What do I get with my takeoff ?40. We provide fully marked up plans , a list of quantities
41. Do I get support if I have questions?41. Absolutely, you can contact the estimator with any questions
42. Can you supply rates?42. We can provide average rates based on industry standards, because every location and business are different we recommend you use your own rates which we can work with you to put together
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