FAQs – Construction Estimates & Material Takeoffs

What your Material Takeoffs Include?

We provide material takeoffs in excel spreadsheet/PDF. It includes list of all material quantities/activities required for the project. All the items are listed division wise and refer to the speific drawing from which the quantity is measured.

Do you provide an estimate only for specific trade/divison?

Yes we can generate trade specific material takeoffs. Sub-contractors and material suppliers can get quantity estimates for their specific trades like Lumber only, drywall only or flooring only takeoffs etc.

Which software do you use for estimation and takeoffs?

We use planswift software.

In which country you are operating?

We are offering our services in USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. As we are expanding, so we also receive frequent inquiries from other countries around the world. Feel free to reach us no matter in which country you are located.

Do you provide sample takeoff/estimate to new clients?

Yes, we do provide free material takeoff samples and estimates before proceeding. Drop us an email request to get a free trade specific sample or complete estimate sample.

What is your typical turnaround time?

Our typical turnaround is 3 days for small residnetial jobs. For big commerical jobs, we take norally 4 to 7 working days. It also depend on our work load. Once you send us the project plans, we will get back to you shortly with the pricing and tunraround time.

How much it costs to get a complete takeoff/estimate of residential building?

The charges depend on project size/scope of works. Email is the project plans in order to get a formal proposal including charges and turnaround time. However, for doing a complete takeoff of a typical house, we normally charge $300 to $500 depending on the area, the number of stories, and complexity of the project.

How can I make the payment?

Payments can be made online and we accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Wire transfers etc.

Do you charge for reviewing plans before placing an order?

We review plans free of cost and then send you a proposal including charges/turnaround time. You only pay after approving the proposal.

In which file format I will receive the estimate?

You will receive an editable excel spreadhseet containing list of all mateirals for your costruction project. Free markedup plans are also provided for reference in requested.

Do you provide Addenda updates after delivery of estimate?

We provide free addenda updates and modifications in takeoff/estimate till 1 week after the delivery of takeoff.

Can I get a reference of quantities for verification purposes?

You can get free marked-up plans for reference and even the planswift source files if required.

Do you provide planswift source files along with estimate?

On special demand, we can provide planswift source files if requsted by client.

Do you have job opportunity for estimators?

We do hire experienced estimators. Keep checking our website if you are looking for a job at QTO Estimating.

Do you sign NDA before proceeding if required?

Ofcourse, if it is required by client.

What do you need in order to do a takeoff or estimate?

Email us the project drawings/plans and your requirements regarding takeoff/estimate in order to get free quote including charges and turnaround time. After the approval of proposal, we will send you an invoice which can be paid online.

I have multiple projects, do you offer any monthly/yearly subscription service?

Yes we do offer monthly andd yearly packages. The cost depend on the expected number of projects and scope of works. Contact us if you are interested in our monthly subscription service.

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