Assessment Cost Estimating Tips

If possible, visit the site and take inventory of the type, quantity, and size of trees. Certain trees may have a landscape resale value or firewood value. Stump disposal can be very expensive, particularly if they cannot be burried at the site. Consider using a bulldozer in lieu of hand-cutting trees.

Estimators should visit the site to determine the need for haul road access, storage of materials, and security considerations. When estimating for access roads on unstable soil, consider using a geotextile stabilization fabric. It can greatly reduce the quantity of crushed stone or gravel. Sites of limited size and access can cause cost overruns due to lost productivity. Theft and damage is another consideration if the location is isolated. A temporary fence or security guards may be required. Investigate the site thoroughly.

Cost Estimating Resources from RSMeans

2011 Building Construction Cost Data Book
Thousands of unit costs for building components, arranged in the new CSI MasterFormat® 2010 classification system
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