While each project has its own unique set of challenges, there are several common errors that residential construction estimating spreadsheets may fall victim to. Although most of these issues are common sense for the person being surveyed, it is good to know them all so that they can be better addressed. By having a basic understanding of what they are, those who are inexperienced in the area of residential construction estimating may be less likely to make mistakes that could result in large amounts of the additional cost.
Any survey of a home must include a plan for each section of the home. It is important to note that the surveyors will be using the estimate sheet to determine how much each section of the house needs to be constructed to accomplish the project. This may not necessarily be the entire extent of how the estimate is going to be used. Instead, it should cover all the major sections of the home.
The foundation is the main section that will be being measured. However, it is important to also take into account the back wall and the roof. If the total house is not the same for the roof and the foundation, this could result in an incorrect total. When in doubt, a surveyor should always use a professional estimate for the foundation and the roof.
Unfortunately, mistakes such as these will occur on any survey, whether the homeowners ask for estimates or the residential construction estimator is handling the work. The estimate sheets may not contain everything that is needed to calculate what each section of the home will need. But it is still important to have a basic understanding of how each part of the home will be constructed.
An improper measurement for a room in the house can lead to a larger house than would have been possible otherwise. For example, if a bedroom needs to be constructed too small, the rooms will not be able to accommodate several extra guests. This will affect the price of the home. On the other hand, a calculation that is off for a bathroom might mean that a shower stall will not be available, which could make the room unusable.
There is also the possibility that the bathrooms in the home will not have the proper amount of water storage. Any room that uses water more than is necessary will incur more expenses. To maintain the quality of the water supply in the home, each room of the house should have the right amount of water storage.
Of course, all of these issues can be avoided by having a basic knowledge of what is expected. As the owner of the house, you should always be aware of what measurements are being taken. You should also be aware of how much work is being done in different parts of the house.
While estimating spreadsheets will help homeowners avoid many of the pitfalls associated with residential construction, there is always the chance that a surveyor will make a mistake or two. Any builder is not perfect, and it takes a lot of skills to make a home for all that it needs to be. If a mistake does happen, it is important to understand how it occurred and to ask for an additional estimate so that the mistake can be fixed in the future.