Gone are the days when a finger in the air or a pencil and paper quote scribbled out after a meeting will suffice when winning building work. Even a two page email quote, isn’t enough to make a builder stand out, consumers and homeowners have become far more demanding when seeking a competent builder for their dream building projects.
For a builder, pricing work can be a tricky, time consuming and often a difficult balancing act. It’s hard to know how much detail to include with a price, especially for the less tech savvy but more experienced builder. For the average homeowner, taking on a building project can also be a daunting process. Thanks to a new online build cost estimator, getting help and advice on methods to estimate the costs involved when building an extension, garage, loft conversion or any other type of building work around a home is now much easier. It’s also easier for the builder too. ProntoCALC, is a web-based build cost calculator designed for Builders, Architects and Homeowners. The application uses a simple & straightforward data entry system to produce a 16-page PDF which details all aspects of a build. Its format confirms to both builder and consumer that all items are included and it has the ability to make adjustments to suit budgets. ProntoCALC allows builders and developers to manage a building project as well. Any design changes during the construction process can be recorded, with the cost changes immediately applied to the budget. Builders can choose how much work detail they provide with an estimate. However, by using the ProntoCALC system to provide full details, the builder can be confident that their client is completely aware of what is, and what isn’t included with the price. When comparing the price to other building quotes, the client can easily see if it’s a ‘like-for-like’ price. So by using ProntoCALC, a builder can stay ahead of the competition by providing confidence in how thorough they are with their pricing. ProntoCALC provides a simple way to make sure a building business stays profitable through pricing and wining more work. Most homeowners don’t solely concentrate on price or the lowest quote when choosing a builder. There are other factors involved, they need to find a builder that they feel confident with, and often one that will add value to their dream home project. A builder can demonstrate their unique value and avoid getting into a price war by using the ProntoCALC system. It allows them to demonstrate their unique value and the quality and professionalism of their work. Customers would often much rather pay for honest, reliable expertise.
The ProntoCALC system was designed by a successful and experienced builder to help users save time and money by providing an honest and professional method of producing building quotes. Homeowners can use ProntoCAlC and get their shortlist of builders to use the system to estimate the cost of the building and also to regain control of budget over runs on both new and existing projects. Once a builder has been awarded the contract, the system can be used to easily manage all aspects of the build.
ProntoCALCs format can help all users save time and money. Homeowners can see all the aspects of their build project and can plan budgets and make adjustments easily. Builders can gain a competitive advantage and generate new business by demonstrating their build management and costing and estimating abilities by using ProntoCALC. The system also allows Homeowners, Architects and Developers to compare building quotes easily, giving them an informed choice when awarding contracts.
With the commencement of a project the `Go Build` section of the ProntoCALC site comes into its own. The Monthly records take the daily labour and material costs and apply them to each section of the budget, at any one time the expenditure against each project item and also the total is known.
When using the Variation section a daily itemized record of labour and materials is recorded, with the accumulated cost added to the budget. `Go Build` also has Risk Assessments, Health and Safety policy and Bill of Quantity items.
To sign-up for a free 14-Day trial of our house build cost calculator, visit www.prontocalc.com