Generally, it takes us about 8-10 weeks in this busy building environment to do an actual estimate from a full set of plans – so we can see more detail than is given from online house plans. Due to the volatility of building material prices, we will do these estimates when you are within four months of your potential start date. Deron will take full sets of plans to our skilled labor and major suppliers for actual quotes and will spend many hours doing calculations himself. He will also visit your site and assess costs related to your lot and ARC if applicable. The result is a tremendously detailed 40-plus page spreadsheet, and a cost to build the home that we feel very confident about. We charge $1,000.00 for this estimate.
An important thing to note about us, we will lock our fee not to exceed the associated fee with this estimated cost to build at the time of estimate. However, if you come in under budget our fee will float down. We do this as a measure of good faith to let you know we do our best to accurately estimate the cost of your new home and to let you know we will not benefit if the cost of your home goes up. However, we will reduce our fee if your home comes in under budget.
We feel good about our estimates. Deron does a very thorough job and likes to get the estimate as accurate as possible. We are confident our suppliers give us competitive prices which we pass on to you. We are also confident in the consistent quality we are able offer because we have been using the same skilled craftsmen for many years. In addition, we believe our way of doing business has fostered trust with our customers, and that is tremendously important – and the reason we feel like we have stayed busy during slower economies too.