A construction cost estimator estimates costs for everything from buildings to infrastructure by gathering and analyzing project data. They take into account everything including materials, equipment, labor, project size, and schedule of the project. Construction cost estimators work for construction and engineering firms and provide cost estimates for all types of projects. It is these estimates which help all the stakeholders involved in the project to understand the different costs involved, and help to finalize the complicated project timelines.
A construction cost estimator requires not only construction-related knowledge, but also familiarity with specific software and various soft skills.
Collaboration: An estimator must be able to work with everyone involved in the project, including architects, engineers, contractors, sales teams, and of course, the client.
Communication: In addition to being able to work with people, an estimator must also be able to communicate with people effectively, whether through writing or through face-to-face interactions. The reports they write for management and for clients must be clear so that well-informed decisions can be made by all stakeholders. An estimator may also meet with the client to discuss various avenues for reducing costs. Maintaining a good relationship with them is crucial.
Ability to multitask: Often, an estimator will work on several projects at once. Thus, a good estimator should be able to keep track of individual projects while maintaining quality and accuracy.
Organizational skills: It is imperative that an estimator keeps meticulous records of all projects, including estimates and actual costs. This includes records of all communication between estimator and client and other stakeholders which happen during the course of preparing project estimates.
Detail-oriented: The smallest changes to a project can result in dramatically different costs, so attention to detail will lead to more accurate estimates.
Time management: Estimators usually work with hard deadlines in mind, so excellent time management skills are essential.
A good construction cost estimator must be knowledgeable, accurate, diligent, and analytical. They must be able to take on each job and make accurate estimates, as well as actively looking to improve future estimates and results. Anyone considering hiring an estimator should be well aware of these qualities.
At Design Everest, we are committed to bringing you cost-effective solutions so that you can pay less in construction and materials costs for your project. While we do not offer a cost estimating service, our engineers are experienced, knowledgeable, and always looking for value engineering solutions to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible price. Call us at 877-704-5687 or schedule a free consultation today!
Design Everest is OPEN! We work remotely and are fully committed to taking on and delivering projects.
Design Everest’s remote working model can safely take-up and deliver your projects within the current government guidelines on COVID-19 (a.k.a Coronavirus). This applies to many of our project scopes, including architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction administration across California.
Design Everest is set up to remotely leverage digital platforms (virtual meetings, calls, emails etc.) in client-facing and internal operations. Over the years, we have advanced this ability to the extent that we can continue supporting new and existing clients across many of our projects. Even projects that need an on-site visit can be fulfilled safely via video calls or in-person visits, where permitted.
Note that the present government guidelines permit the delivery of essential services, including those related to construction.
YES, Design Everest's remote working model enables us to work safely with all clients, suppliers, industry partners, and internal staff as per government guidelines.
Design Everest can still support many of our types of projects (new or ongoing) safely. For example, new custom homes, accessory dwelling units, civil plans etc. We are committed to delivering these remotely and safely as per the current government guidelines. In case of any external dependency that is unavoidable/unavailable, your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager will keep you posted on it and try their best to keep your plans in-progress.
YES, our remote working model enables us to be fully committed to ongoing projects. In case of any external dependency that is unavoidable, unavailable or unsafe, your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager will keep you updated and try their best to keep your plans in-progress. If an on-site visit is not feasible via a video call, we will try our best to fulfill the visit safely, where permitted.
Some of our clients are already going ahead with their projects with us via video calls or virtual meetings. Your assigned Customer Success Manager or Project Manager is happy to help you with this, where needed.
There are multiple reasons for this. It's typical to plan the construction step in the summer. So, clients get started on the pre-construction steps (architecture, engineering, and construction admin) in winter or spring to stick to planned timelines.
Projects such as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Additions/Remodels enable clients to rent/resale and generate revenue. Meanwhile, many clients are concerned about protecting their families and businesses against earthquakes by retrofitting their homes and buildings. These are just a few of the various reasons why it’s still reasonable for clients to stick to their construction plans.
Feel free to phone us at (888) 311-3015 Alternatively, you may contact your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager directly via phone, email or virtual meetings.
To summarize, Design Everest is OPEN and able to serve new and existing clients, affiliates, suppliers, and industry partners.
Stay safe and rest assured that Design Everest can help you go ahead with your plans as per the recommended safety guidelines!