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…

Builders are divided on the future

The results are in. Our sister company has just conducted a survey with 1) users of EstimatorXpress (the same award-winning estimating software we use for our customer quotes) and 2) builders who have yet to make a purchase. The outcome? Builders not benefitting from EstimatorXpress quotations are feeling much less hopeful about business going forward…

The hidden costs of building Part 1

Previously we have suggested that using typical square foot/metre costs as they can be extremely misleading unless you have previously built a particular style and quality of house, in the same area with the same labour force. Experience shows there are very many variables that can significantly affect your costs. In addition to the basic…

The doctor will see you now…

Is estimating giving you a headache? Do you wish there was a cure for over work and under pay? Would love an easy to use construction estimating service that you can download for these ailments? Every builder at some point gets sick – to the back teeth – of the business end of construction work….

5 reasons why you don’t need the HBXL Estimating Service

At HBXL we know everybody is different and everybody has different preferences. This is why some may not have given us a try yet. So we’ve compiled a list of reasons why the Estimating Service may not be the service for you. If you find that these 5 points match with you and your business…