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FAQs – Construction Estimates & Material Takeoffs

What your Material Takeoffs Include?

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

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

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 for doing take-offs.

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. You can also check samples page at our website.

What is your average turnaround time?

Our average turnaround is 3 days for small residential jobs. For big commercial jobs, we take normally 4 to 7 working days. It also depend on our workload. Once you send us the project plans, we will get back to you shortly with the pricing and turnaround time.

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

The charges depend on the project size/scope of works. Please email us the project drawings in order to get a formal proposal including charges and turnaround time.

What payment methods do you support?

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 spreadsheet containing a list of all materials for your construction project. Free marked-up plans are also provided for reference (if required).

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 requested by the client.

Do you have job opportunities for estimators?

We do hire experienced estimators. Please 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 a free quote including charges and turnaround time. After the approval of the 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 and 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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