Cost of Finishing Materials

Cost of Finishing Materials

In addition to exclusions, you will need to examine such costs as who will be providing finish materials like tile, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures and so forth. Some proposals will include these items and others will exclude them. Eventually all of these costs...
How overhead, direct labor can effect numbers

How overhead, direct labor can effect numbers

Most contractors will not come out and tell a client their overhead, direct labor and profit numbers.  Many contractors do not even know what their overhead costs are as a percent of each project.  Many contractors don’t consider their direct labor as a cost to be...
Evaluating Proposals Correctly for your next project

Evaluating Proposals Correctly for your next project

We recommend against the evaluation method that weighs the lowest bidder such that they are always selected.  Clearly the price provided is a very important consideration but even before prices can be compared, you first need to make sure the proposals can be...
Establishing a valid Construction Budget

Establishing a valid Construction Budget

One of the immediate rewards from taking the time to establish a valid Construction Budget is that when you go to choosing a contractor you will not be trying to find a contractor who is willing to do more work than they should for the amount you wish to pay.   We...
The final segment is review which also includes the time to obtain any required clearances.

The final segment is review which also includes the time to obtain any required clearances.

Usually, the first stage is when the community department reviews your plans.  Within this review, not only are the plans checked for compliance with building codes but the clearances required before a plan can be issued are also identified. This first stage can often...
As it is typical for the special services required for some plans to be carried out by others than your plan developer.

As it is typical for the special services required for some plans to be carried out by others than your plan developer.

Estimating the length of time for this segment can be difficult.  However, we recommend at a minimum asking your plan developer to provide an estimate of the length of time for this additional work to be completed based on their experience.  A competent plan developer...

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