Home owner! Buy cheap buy twice: did you get the estimate you paid for?

There are so many sayings relating to money – probably because it makes the world go round! ‘Cheap and cheerful’ is another one. Let’s face it – things are usually cheap for a reason. And that’s OK when it doesn’t have to last too long. But you wouldn’t scrimp on your self-build project would you?…

15 ways you could save time running your building firm

How well do you spend your working day? You know, in a lifetime you spend literally years sleeping, eating and queuing, months and months checking junk emails, sitting at traffic lights, brushing your teeth… So what about making the rest of your precious time really count. Construction companies are typically fully on. And if you’re…

Tips on handling customers to win and keep winning building projects

We may be teaching grandmother to suck eggs here, but it’s got to be worth the two minutes it should take you to read this, to confirm that you’re king or queen of customer service! Making a good first impression When you visit a prospective customer for the first time, dress professionally but not out…

So what makes a builder come to our Estimating Service for help with building quotes?

Ian our Account Manager answers questions about sticking to budget and the many and varied reasons building firms hand over their valuable projects to the HBXL Estimating Service. So do Property Developers ever come to you for estimates? Ian: “Yes regularly. Businesses, larger building firms and property developers, who are investing big money in a…

EU referendum affecting material prices – does your estimate include them?

You might be starting to feel the effects of the Brexit plans with ever-increasing materials prices. This is a response to rising commodity prices, currency fluctuations and unavoidable operating costs. It’s really important to use the very latest prices in quotes to protect your margin. And uniquely we do at the HBXL Estimating Service. We…

Buy cheap buy twice: do you get from estimators what you pay for?

There are so many sayings relating to money – probably because it makes the world go round! ‘Cheap and cheerful’ is another one. Let’s face it – things are usually cheap for a reason. And that’s OK when it need only be short-term and there are no repercussions attached to it. But you wouldn’t scrimp…