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Preliminary Estimate Services

Preliminary Estimate Services

Preliminary Estimating Services

Build with Confidence – Uncover the True Costs of Your Construction Project with Precise Preliminary Estimates!

Get Accurate Preliminary Estimate for Informed Construction Planning?

Are you tired of grappling with incomplete drawing plans and struggling to prepare accurate estimates? This uncertainty makes it challenging to prepare accurate estimates and can hinder your progress.

You’re eager to move forward with your construction project, but without a reliable preliminary estimate, you may find it difficult to assess its feasibility or align it with your client’s budget.

Additionally, unnecessary delays caused by suppliers not providing timely price quotes can further impede your progress.

We offer fast and detailed preliminary estimates with per-square-foot costs that empower you to make informed decisions, optimize resource allocation, and stay within budget. Our commitment to delivering precise calculations and exceptional service has earned us a stellar reputation among contractors, developers, architects, and subcontractors alike. With a diverse portfolio encompassing commercial, residential, private, and public projects, we are your trusted partner in delivering reliable and defensible estimates tailored to your unique needs.

By leveraging professional estimating software and our developed databases, including RS Means and Craftsmen, we provide the most precise per-square-foot or square-meter costs for finished projects and superstructures. Additionally, our location-based database and strong relationships with local vendors ensure that our bill of materials is as accurate as possible.

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What is a Preliminary Cost Estimate and Why Does It Matter?

Gain Valuable Insights with Conceptual Estimates and Project Feasibility

A Preliminary estimate is an approximate cost calculated during the conceptual stage of a project. It helps stakeholders like builders, owners, contractors, and real estate developers get a general idea of how much the project will likely cost. Preliminary or conceptual estimates are commonly used in construction project management and financial planning to provide an early understanding of the potential costs, resources, or outcomes associated with a particular endeavor.

Since the project drawings and specifications are still in their early stages, the preliminary estimate is an initial assessment based on limited information. It allows for early decision-making and helps determine the feasibility and viability of the project.

There are several methods and tools available to calculate a preliminary estimate. These may include using historical data from similar projects, applying unit rates, utilizing cost databases, or employing conceptual estimating software. By inputting relevant parameters and data, such as project size, scope, materials, labor, and overhead costs, we can generate a preliminary cost estimate to guide your planning and decision-making processes. We tailor our approach to match the extent of available information and deliver assessments with the desired accuracy.

Rough Order Magnitude (ROM) Estimate: At the early stages of your project, our ROM estimates provide a broad range of costs, allowing you to analyze the feasibility and make high-level decisions. With an accuracy range of -50% to +50%, these estimates serve as a valuable starting point.

Ballpark Estimate: When you need to define the project’s scope within your client’s budget, Ballpark estimates come into play. Based on preliminary drawings and specifications, these estimates offer a closer approximation with an accuracy range of around 20% of the actual cost.

Budget Estimate: As your project progresses into the planning stage, our budget estimates utilize past project data and plans to provide detailed cost breakdowns. With an accuracy range of -10% to +25%, these estimates assist in allocating funds and establishing cost limits.

Definitive Estimate: When your project reaches the advanced planning phase, our definitive estimates offer detailed itemized lists of the components involved. Utilizing thoroughly developed project plans, these estimates provide enhanced accuracy, typically falling within a range of -5% to +15%.

Empowering Informed Decision-Making and Financial Planning

Our preliminary cost estimates offer a range of benefits that enable you to navigate construction planning with confidence:

Our estimates facilitate effective budget management and loan acquisition by obtaining a clear picture of your project’s costs at the early stages. You can plan your financial resources more effectively, secure necessary funds, and stay on track.

Our preliminary estimates help you establish realistic cost limits for architects and designers, enabling them to align their plans with your budgetary constraints from the outset. This ensures that design proposals are feasible and cost-effective.

With our estimates, you gain valuable insights into probable material and labor costs. This empowers you to plan and negotiate with suppliers and contractors more effectively, optimizing resource allocation and ensuring cost-efficient operations.

Our estimates provide a solid foundation for project planning. By understanding the projected costs early on, you can make strategic decisions regarding project scope, timelines, and resource allocation, setting the stage for successful execution.

Our preliminary estimates facilitate collaboration and negotiation with contractors and subcontractors. With a detailed breakdown of quantities and costs, you can engage in meaningful discussions and negotiations, ensuring a transparent and efficient project partnership.

Easy-to-Understand Conceptual Estimates for Your Clients

At Construct Estimates, we understand that effective communication with prospective clients is crucial when quoting preliminary estimates. We have developed a client-friendly approach that ensures clarity and transparency throughout the estimation process. Here’s how we quote conceptual cost estimates to help you build trust and foster strong client relationships:

Our preliminary cost estimates are based on the floor area, a universally recognized metric in the construction industry. That’s what makes it easy for your clients and architects to understand and interpret the information. By using this approach, we simplify the estimation process, making it easier for your clients to grasp the overall project costs and assess its feasibility.

Our estimates include a comprehensive bill of materials covering all the construction project’s essential components. Here’s what you can expect in our preliminary estimates:

  • Total area (square foot or square meter) of the complete project: We calculate the overall area to determine the scale of the project and provide an accurate estimate.
  • Linear measurement (foot or meter) of each structure, such as walls: We take into account the linear measurements of key structures to accurately estimate materials and labor.
  • Area of each unit, including rooms and floors: We break down the project into individual units to provide a detailed estimate of the specific areas involved.

Preliminary Estimating Components: A Comprehensive Breakdown

We believe in leaving no stone unturned when delivering transparent and detailed estimates. Here’s what you can expect in our preliminary estimate breakdown:

1.  Preliminaries: These include initial activities and costs involved in project setup, such as site preparation, temporary facilities, and permits.

2. Substructures: This division covers critical elements like footings, foundations, and other supporting structures that form the building’s base. We calculate the quantities and costs of materials and labor involved in this critical component.

3. Superstructures: Superstructures include elements such as brickwork, walls, sidings, roofs, staircases, floors, doors, and windows. Our estimates break down the quantities and costs associated with each component, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the project’s construction elements.

4. External and internal finishes: This component accounts for the finishing touches that contribute to the aesthetics and functionality of the building. It includes flooring, drywall, painting, and other interior and exterior finishes.

5. Fittings: Fittings encompass the installation of fixtures, fittings, and equipment necessary for the functionality of the building. We include the costs of plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, electrical switches, and other fittings relevant to the project.

6. Mechanical: This component covers HVAC systems, ductwork, and other mechanical systems required for climate control and ventilation. Our estimates consider the equipment, materials, and labor costs associated with this aspect of the project.

7. Plumbing: Plumbing involves the installation of pipes, drains, fixtures, and other plumbing elements. We provide a breakdown of the quantities and costs associated with plumbing, ensuring an accurate estimation of this essential component.

8. Electrical: The electrical aspect of any construction project is crucial. Our estimates include the cost of cables, conduits, lighting, and other electrical components, providing a comprehensive breakdown of these expenses.

9. Labor and Man Hours: We understand that labor costs are a significant factor in any project. Our estimates outline the labor requirements and provide an estimation of man-hours, giving you a clear understanding of the human resources needed for successful project execution.

10. Contingency: Unforeseen circumstances can impact a project’s cost. Our estimates incorporate a contingency component to account for unexpected events or changes that may arise during construction. This ensures that you are prepared for any unforeseen expenses.

11. Project Schedule: Timing is crucial in construction projects. We provide a preliminary project schedule estimate, allowing you to plan and allocate resources effectively.

What You Get with Our Preliminary Cost Estimate

Our preliminary cost estimate services cover a wide range of aspects crucial to your project’s success. Here’s a glimpse of what we offer:

Early-Stage Estimates: We understand the importance of having a general idea of costs early on. Our preliminary estimates provide you with a solid foundation for your project planning and budgeting, giving you a head start in making informed decisions.

Accurate Calculations: We go beyond rough approximations. Our team combines meticulous analysis, advanced software tools, and industry expertise to deliver accurate calculations that you can rely on with confidence.

Data-Driven Approach: Our estimators are skilled at working with limited information. We leverage our vast database, industry benchmarks, and access to reliable sources to fill in the gaps and ensure our estimates are as precise as possible.

Risk Mitigation: Construction projects are often prone to unforeseen challenges. Our preliminary estimates help you identify potential risks and uncertainties early on, empowering you to proactively plan and mitigate them, saving you time and money in the long run.

Collaborative Process: We believe in fostering open communication and collaboration throughout the estimation process. Our team works closely with you, ensuring that your inputs, feedback, and specific data are incorporated into the estimate, resulting in a customized solution that meets your needs.

Your Success Begins with a Precise Preliminary Estimate

At Construct Estimates, we understand the criticality of a precise preliminary estimate in construction planning. Our team of experts, backed by years of industry experience, delivers reliable forecasts tailored to your specific project requirements. Whether you need conceptual estimates, budget estimates, or definitive estimates, we have you covered. Make informed decisions, manage your budget effectively, and embark on your construction journey with confidence. Contact us today at or (737) 273-3314 to discuss your project needs and take advantage of our comprehensive preliminary estimate services.

How to Begin Your Preliminary Estimates with Us

You can easily upload your drawing plans and specifications through the Contact page or simply email us at We accept various formats, including PDF files, for your convenience. Whether you have a Bid set, Schematic, Design Development, Construction document, or conceptual drawings, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget to provide us with all the necessary details by filling out the form.

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Our team will swiftly proceed to review the intricacies of your project. We understand that every client and project is unique, which is why we take the time to analyze factors such as project range, complexity, and involved trades. This ensures complete transparency and allows you to make informed decisions.

After reviewing your plans, we will promptly respond to you with a detailed quote containing essential information such as the invoice, turnaround time, and delivery date. If you find the quote acceptable, you can proceed to make the payment using your preferred method, whether it’s a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.

Our estimators will meticulously perform takeoffs and generate an accurate estimate for your construction project. We ensure that the estimate is presented clearly and organized, allowing you to understand and evaluate the costs involved easily. You will receive the estimate in an Excel format using our template or customized to fit your specific requirements

Our Services Areas

Experience our exceptional preliminary estimates in these dynamic regions, where precision, reliability, and attention to detail are the cornerstones of our approach. Within the Australia and United States, our exceptional services extend to various vibrant markets, including:

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • South Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania
  • External Territories
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Perth-Fremantle
  • Darwin
  • Hobart
  • New York
  • California
  • Washington
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon, Florida
  • Oklahoma,
  • Minnesota
  • Tennessee
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Colorado,
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland,
  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Georgia
  • Arizona
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia
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