A Beginner’s Guide to Cost Estimating in Construction 

 August 14, 2023

By  Dale Keese

Cost estimating is an essential aspect of construction, as it helps project managers and stakeholders determine the budget and resources needed for a project. A well-done cost estimate can help ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget, while a poor estimate can lead to delays and cost overruns. In this article, we will provide a beginner’s guide to cost estimating in construction, including a section on the role of construction procurement in the process.

Step 1: Define the Scope of the Project

The first step in creating an accurate cost estimate is to define the scope of the project. This includes identifying the tasks and activities that will be required to complete the project, as well as the materials and equipment needed. By clearly defining the scope of the project, you can ensure that all necessary costs are included in the estimate.

Step 2: Gather Data and Information

The next step is to gather data and information about the project. This includes data on labor costs, materials costs, and equipment costs, as well as information on the location of the project, the size of the site, and any other relevant factors. The more data and information you have, the more accurate your estimate will be.

Step 3: Develop a Budget and Schedule

Once you have gathered all the necessary data and information, you can develop a budget and schedule for the project. The budget should include a breakdown of all the costs associated with the project, including labor, materials, and equipment. The schedule should include a timeline for the project, including milestones and deadlines.

Step 4: Construction Procurement

Construction procurement is a critical part of the cost estimating process. It involves the selection of contractors, suppliers, and sub-contractors, as well as the negotiation of contracts. This step is critical as it can greatly impact the budget and schedule. Procurement methodologies like traditional procurement and design-build procurement should be taken in to consideration in this stage.

Proper procurement management and cost control during the execution of construction project is key to keep the project on budget, which is why procurement must be considered as part of the cost estimating process. In order to get accurate pricing from contractors and suppliers, it is important to provide them with clear and detailed specifications, which should be included in the project’s scope of work.

Step 5: Review and Revise

Finally, it’s important to review and revise the cost estimate as needed. As the project progresses, new information may become available that can affect the budget and schedule. By regularly reviewing and revising the cost estimate, you can ensure that the project stays on track and within budget.

Cost estimating in construction can be a complex and time-consuming process, but by following these steps and incorporating construction procurement into the process, you can create an accurate and reliable estimate for your project. Remember that the key to a successful cost estimate is to have a clear understanding of the project’s scope, to gather all necessary data and information, and to review and revise the estimate as needed.

About the author

Hey, I'm Dale Keese.. thanks for reading.. hopefully this article can save you some time and trouble with your sealing job. I'm also in the process of making some video walk-throughs for youtube so check back soon! thanks

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