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Estimating books

Posted by Steve: on April 22nd, 2001 11:31 AM
In reply to Estimating Software? by KosmicCarp on April 22nd, 2001 01:31 AM [Go to top of thread]

I have two manuals that I use, one for interior and one for exterior. they include all types of jobs, small to large and include materials, time to finish and factoring system for different eco locals.

I use mine all the time.

Remember, there are two seperate manuals.

Exterior Home Improvement Costs
Updated sixth edition
RS Means
Copy right 1998
R.S. Means Company, Inc.
Construction Publishers and Contractors
63 Smiths Lane
P.O. Box 800
Kingston, MA 02364
781 585 7880

a Construction Market Data Group company

The books are about $25 each.

Now, I use this manual as a guide, but I first shop local competition for a much better feel of what the market will bear. But, this is a good starting place and one that you can show to a tight wad customer that says your work is too expensive, then you pull out your book and show them the book price.

I usually go about 80% of the book price. I found that its about 20% higher than my market.

I highly advise you find this book and have it with you on all bids. Very helpful.

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