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Estimating Building Costs: For Residential and Light Commercial Contractor (RSMeans)
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Every contractor has a unique system for putting a bid together. But when you submit a price, you must be prepared to back it up with a reliable estimate. Estimating Building Costs gives you a step-by-step process for organizing all the information you need to assemble an estimate you can rely on. You’ll be competitive and know that you’ll make a worthwhile profit. Follow these methods and you’ll create well-organized, complete estimates by:
- Correctly interpreting plans and specifications
- Developing accurate and complete labor and material costs
- Understanding direct and indirect overhead costs and accounting for time-sensitive costs
- Using historical cost data to generate new project budgets
The book includes a detailed look at every construction specialty – explaining all the components, take-off units, and labor hours – for site work, concrete and masonry, framing, roofing, siding, and finish work. Plus, you'll get data on HVAC, plumbing and electrical, and special construction and hard-to-find professional guidance on what to consider so you can allocate the right amount for profit and contingencies.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1008416 in Books
- Brand: Brand: RSMeans
- Published on: 2004-08-02
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 10.90" h x .85" w x 8.50" l, 2.49 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 416 pages
- Used Book in Good Condition
From the Author
The book was written to fill a need for a basic to intermediate learning text for students and estimators.
From the Back Cover
Estimating Building Costs
Wayne J. DelPico
Step-by-Step Methods for Successful Contractors
Estimating is not a simple task, and estimates are not guesswork. No one ever purchases "about a dozen 2 x 4s" or agrees to pay a subcontractor "around $5,000." Accurate construction estimating is an essential skill of every successful contractor. Without it, you take on a heavy burden of risk, or you fail to be competitive.
Every contractor has a unique system for putting a bid together ... but when you submit a price, you must be prepared to back it up with a reliable estimate. This book gives you a step-by-step process for organizing all the information you need to assemble an estimate you can rely on... so you'll be competitive and know that you'll make a worthwhile profit.
Follow these methods and you'll create well-organized, complete estimates by:
Correctly interpreting plans and specifications.
Developing accurate and complete labor and material costs.
Understanding direct and indirect overhead costs ... and accounting for time-sensitive costs.
Using historical cost data to generate new project budgets.Plus hard-to-find, professional guidance on what to consider so you can allocate the right amount for profit and contingencies.
Includes a detailed look at every construction specialty explaining all the components, takeoff units, and labor-hours — for site work, concrete and masonry, framing, roofing, siding, and finish work — plus HVAC, plumbing and electrical, and special construction.
With a review of computer estimating software – and sample Project Overhead Sheets
About the Author
p>About the Author
Wayne J. Del Pico is President of W.J. Del Pico, Inc. where he provides construction management and litigation support services for construction related matters. He has more than 33 years of experience in construction project management and estimating and has been involved in projects throughout most of the United States. His professional experience includes; private commercial construction, public construction, retail construction, and residential land development and construction.
Mr. Del Pico holds a degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, where he taught construction related curriculum in Cost Estimating, Project Management, and Project Scheduling from 1992 until 2006. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston where he presently teaches programs in Construction Cost Analysis, Estimating, Project Control, and Construction Scheduling.
Mr. Del Pico is a seminar presenter for the R.S. Means Company where he lectures on topics from estimating to scheduling. He is the author of Plan Reading and Material Takeoff (1994) and Estimating Building Costs (2004 and 2012) and is a co-author of The Practice of Cost Segregation Analysis (2005).
His construction experience and knowledge of the industry has qualified him to be the past-President of the Builders Association of Greater Boston (2010). He is also a practicing Neutral for the American Arbitration Association where he hears construction related arbitration cases.
Most helpful customer reviews
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By V L
I purchased this backdated book to read what professionals do in their work. This really is good reading and learning project delivery methods go together.
When there are Updates in this manual makes this an invaluable reference in the workplace.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
This book is not useful as a textbook but makes an excellent reference for the rising practitioner. Up to date and well written
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
Sure helped me out
By David Walker
I learned a lot from the book and have passed it on to my son to do the same. He says it's A-OK.