- Series: RSMeans (Book 57)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: RSMeans; 1 edition (August 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0876297416
- ISBN-13: 978-0876297414
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book was written to fill a need for a basic to intermediate learning text for students and estimators.
From the Back Cover
Estimating Building Costs
Wayne J. DelPico
Step-by-Step Methods for Successful Contractors
Estimating is not a simple task, and estimates are not guesswork. No one ever purchases "about a dozen 2 x 4s" or agrees to pay a subcontractor "around $5,000." Accurate construction estimating is an essential skill of every successful contractor. Without it, you take on a heavy burden of risk, or you fail to be competitive.
Every contractor has a unique system for putting a bid together ... but when you submit a price, you must be prepared to back it up with a reliable estimate. This book gives you a step-by-step process for organizing all the information you need to assemble an estimate you can rely on... so you'll be competitive and know that you'll make a worthwhile profit.
Follow these methods and you'll create well-organized, complete estimates by:
Correctly interpreting plans and specifications.
Developing accurate and complete labor and material costs.
Understanding direct and indirect overhead costs ... and accounting for time-sensitive costs.
Using historical cost data to generate new project budgets.Plus hard-to-find, professional guidance on what to consider so you can allocate the right amount for profit and contingencies.
Includes a detailed look at every construction specialty explaining all the components, takeoff units, and labor-hours for site work, concrete and masonry, framing, roofing, siding, and finish work plus HVAC, plumbing and electrical, and special construction.
With a review of computer estimating software and sample Project Overhead Sheets
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