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Estimating Building Costs for the Residential and Light Commercial Construction Professional

Product Code/ISBN: 9781118099414

A big part of the construction industry is estimating. It is ultimately tied to your success as a company. If you can estimate well and on target, you beat out the competitor for the job. This guide will help you master the art of estimating and teach you what you need to do to always deliver that perfect number. Labor and material costs can be confusing, especially when you are working in an area out of your normal area. Estimating Building Costs for the Residential and Light Commercial Construction Professional will help you get the most accurate costs and numbers every time you make a bid.

Accurate estimating not only helps you secure the job, but it will also help with scheduling, managing your project, making a profit, and help you jump on those unexpected costs early on. Ultimately the better you estimate, the better your company can run and the better bottom line you can maintain. Everything from demolition, to masonry, to roofing, to mechanical and electrical costs are all found in this must-have manual. Don’t start another project without getting one of the best help guides in the business. Order your copy today!

Table of Contents


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  1. The Working Drawings
  2. Understanding the Specifications
  3. Calculating Linear Measure, Area, and Volume
  4. The Quantity Takeoff and Pricing
  5. Understanding Material and Labor Costs
  6. General Requirements
  7. Existing Conditions
  8. Concrete
  9. Masonry
  10. Metals
  11. Wood, Plastics, and Composites
  12. Thermal and Moisture Protection
  13. Openings
  14. Finishes
  15. Specialties
  16. Equipment, Furnishings, Special Construction, and Conveying Equipment
  17. Fire Suppression
  18. Plumbing
  19. Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
  20. Integrated Automation
  21. Electrical Systems
  22. Communications, Electronic Safety, and Security
  23. Earthwork
  24. Exterior Improvements
  25. Utilities
  26. Profit and Contingencies
  27. Estimating by Computer
  28. Conceptual Estimating