Freelance Estimating Services
Why Choose Freelance Estimating Services?
The main reason that an Owner or Developer should use freelance estimating services for your pre-construction services is that they are not beholden to your Builder or General Contractor. A Builder's / General Contractor's estimate can be too high if the company approaches the project ultra conservative in their budget or would like to ultimately come artificially "under estimate." Either way, incorrect estimates can play havoc with your budget, cause you to give up specifications that you otherwise wouldn't have, and more.
In order to make a proper business decision, you need to get a cost estimate from someone who isn't also trying to sell you a building or house plan. This is where construction estimating services come in. These companies are not Builders or General Contractors, and don't get paid (or not paid) depending on whether you accept construction services or not. This eliminates the biggest conflict of interest inherent in Builder / General Contractor provided estimates. Therefore, you can rest assured that you'll get a figure that the estimator believes is truly accurate.
Once you have your estimate from one or more freelance estimating services, you can then proceed to get quotes from Builders or General Contractors. Comparing these quotes against your estimate will make it easy to tell if a construction company is far off the mark. Typically, you should get quotes from multiple Builders or General Contractors, too, so you can tell which ones are close to your estimate and which ones are mysteriously far from it.
Even though estimates from construction estimating services are not binding on Builders or General Contractors, they can be used during negotiation. This is especially useful if you'd prefer to work with a Builder or General Contractor whose quote is currently high.