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and material estimating Costing a build is incredibly difficult, can significantly impact your budget requirements, if they are available to buy locally, and the cost implications of labour and tool hire. So how can self-builders make material estimation simpler and less time consuming? A helping hand By using an estimating service, self-builders can save time and increase the efficiency of their pricing and budgeting, making it ideal for newbuild projects, extensions and conversions. There are a number of estimating services available, but to get the most from the process, 8 Winter 2017 and compliance self-builders should choose a provider that offers an effective, comprehensive solution. For example, the Build Aviator service provides a suite of bespoke personalised reports, featuring an accurate and efficient estimate of materials, labour and plant required, and products that are locally available from merchant partners, making it even easier to source everything needed for a project. Reports are generated and documents include product summaries, bill of quantities, schedule of works, pricing sheets and tool hire reports. Labour rates can also be included if known or national averages can be provided to give a complete estimate for the project. Estimation and assessments What’s more, some providers such as Build Aviator will be able to combine material estimation with other services such as SAP assessments. All new build properties, conversions and some extensions require a SAP assessment, which measures the predicted energy rating of a building at the design stage. Including this critical product information and selection within the estimate will ensure product substitution is not required during the build, and will reduce the risk of non-compliance against Building Regulations due to breaking specification. So don’t go it alone. Costing a build is incredibly difficult, and material estimating can significantly impact both your budget and compliance, therefore it’s better to have help from the experts to get it right first time To find out more about Build Aviator’s estimation service go to: www.buildaviator.co.uk/estimating-service/ or call 0121 328 9150. The self-build process Build Aviator


Your Build - Winter 2017
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