Estimating

Estimating

Unlike most general contractors, we do not rely on sub-contractors or consultants to provide pricing on all of the trades. We have an in-house estimating staff who prepares a detailed quantity take-off, which we then compare with our sub-contractor's pricing. Our extensive knowledge of each sub-contractor's field enables us to compile much more accurate estimates than a sub-contractor might if they're in a rush to submit their bid. 

In approximately 85% of our projects, we operate under a design / build scenario, whereby we're selected and brought onto the team at the very beginning stage of the project development. As a result of operating this way for many, many years, we've been able to really refine our capabilities in conceptual construction cost estimating. Our team develops cost models of the project from start to finish by drawing on decades of experience and an extensive (and growing) database. So, when you utilize the design / build approach, you can rest assured our estimates are timely and accurate ... even from the most preliminary of drawings (we've even been asked for a price from a drawing made on a napkin!). Our estimates are always based on the true cost of the job ... based on a complete project ... NOT just a low estimate to grab your attention!

We are confident we can do this based on our past history and extensive knowledge of a myriad building systems.

So, whether a client has hired an architect, or simply has a sketch on a napkin, SCHAEFER General Contracting Services can play a valuable role in making one's vision become a reality. And, once the architects and consultants are chosen, we'll work together to provide the highest quality building ... all within our client's targeted budget and within their expected time schedule.

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Estimating