Anyone who has done any type of new home construction or home improvement project knows how tricky it can be, to say the least! For those of you that have never undertaken a construction project, it can be and will be, the most overwhelming and stressful experience you will ever go through!
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There are all kinds of processes and obstacles, such as securing the bank loan, dealing with the architect, securing the building permit from your local building department, and finally dealing with your local subcontractors and suppliers.
Without the industry knowledge and experience, there is no way for you to prevent any home building project; even building a tiny house, cabin, or retreat home from becoming a money pit! The ultimate goal for any owner-builder is to save money! So why would you ever attempt to undertake a major endeavor such as this, with all these pitfalls and potential budget overruns by starting off on the wrong track?
The only way to prevent all these challenges and problems from occurring is to hire a professional estimator to first estimate the construction costs for you, before you even begin. One of the other benefits of leaning on the expertise and materials management skills of an expert will allow you to purchase materials direct. Hiring a construction estimator can save you tens of thousands of dollars, even on a smaller residential project.
Even if you pride yourself on being budget-conscious, frugal, and getting great deals, all that means nothing without construction knowledge and value engineering skills that a seasoned construction estimator has.
By contracting with a professional estimator to prepare your budgets and material takeoff reports, you can avoid the 25% markup that your local subcontractors will add on top of their bid! Hiring a professional construction estimator empowers you to order all the materials direct from your local material brokers and thus receive huge savings! That savings can be put back into your pocket and can be used for things such as upgraded finishes and appliances!
One of the other major pitfalls we hear from owner-builders like yourself from all around the country, is that their local home improvement stores are taking months to get certain materials and cater to the professional contractor.
You will be placed at the back of the line when it comes to allocation of materials and scheduling deliveries. That is why it so important and critical to have all this done early and with great accuracy, so you can get your material orders in ahead of the professional builder who you are indirectly competing with for those materials.
The only way you can accomplish this is by hiring an experienced estimator. If you attempt to estimate the quantity of materials yourself, and it runs short, you run the risk of stalling and delaying your project.
That shortage leads to your subcontractor leaving without completing the work and then you having to beg him to come back once the remaining material arrives months later. This also leads to additional trip charges, more delivery fees, and paying more in construction loan interest. Do you see how this can quickly become your worst nightmare!
Tiny and Green Home Estimation
Along with mountain cabins and retreats, many do-it-yourselfers are beginning to get involved with building tiny or green homes. Tiny homes are generally under 600 square feet with an average around 225 square feet. They present numerous construction challenges because of the unique materials involved and supply chain problems.
It makes sense to put your effort into the actual construction rather than pricing out materials you may not be as familiar with, so a construction estimator can be an invaluable asset to you as you create your dream.
In addition to tiny homes, you might be thinking about building a green home. There are many different types of green homes. Still, most of them try to lessen the environmental impact that the construction entails and are designed with a sustainable, eco-friendly mindset.
Whether you are looking at using sustainable materials as alternatives for spray foam versus fiberglass insulation, considering solar or other methods of reducing the home’s carbon footprint, or looking at ways to create sustainable systems for heating and cooling or water use, green home construction can be quite complicated.
You can trust a professional to be up on the latest trends and innovations and have sources for the best prices to make your dreams come true.
Hiring an independent estimator is having a fiduciary on your side, unlike the architect, and the subcontractors. Leave it to an expert cost consultant to give you a detailed construction estimate and material takeoff, and you won’t be sorry.
So, whether it is that dream cabin in the woods by the lake, building a tiny mother-in-law suite on your property for a relative, or using it for rental income, or maybe you just want to play your part by owning a green home, your construction project will undoubtedly be more successful if you have an accurate construction budget combined with having the right partner for the materials procurement.