Three steps to outsourcing your building estimates

How many hats do you wear every day (and night)? Aside from being Managing Director, chances are you’re…sales and marketing manager, HR person, accounts clerk, maybe site manager too…and very likely delivery driver! But above all else I’ll wager that you’re the estimator. A job so time-consuming that it takes you away from full-time managing…

2019 has just got serious. It’s time to quote like crazy.

The summer months are often tricky. You’d think more daylight hours and better weather would mean more building activity, but that’s not always the case. Not everyone was making hay while the sun shone… Customers are away Subbies are either on holiday or go AWOL when the sun comes out Or they find richer pickings…

What to consider when costing a roof

The cost of tiling or slating a roof is dependent on the complexity of the roof to be covered and the final choice of tile. If you watch roofers at work, you’ll notice that the tiling to the main roof plains are laid very quickly, often in just a few days, and that the edge…

Wish you weren’t here! The importance of holidays away from the building site – and computer

How many hours have you invested in your business this year already? In just one day this week we’ve heard from two builders who have been getting up at around 4am to get paperwork done before putting in a full shift on site. And we regularly receive emails from builders in the early hours of…

What to consider when costing a walling system

Adrian Wild looks at what you can expect to pay for this part of your project. As with all external features, the choice of wall construction of a property has much to do with aesthetics. I’ve chosen a house design with a nett wall area of 117m2 to provide a cost comparison between different common…

The hidden costs of building Part 2

Last month we considered my top 5 hidden building costs including site appraisal costs, finance fees, trees, sloping sites and site acquisition costs. This month we’ll concentrate on my hidden costs 6-10. As well as basic build costs involved in the actual construction of your home there are a number of “secondary “ costs that…