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 SheetsDelPico, Wayne J. is the author of 'Builder's Essentials Estimating Building Costs For The Residential & Light Commercial Contractor', published 2004 under ISBN 9780876297414 and ISBN 0876297416.