CONSTRUCTION TAKEOFF SERVICES
QTO Estimating offers construction takeoff services and material estimates to contractors for many years. Our estimates are detailed, well-referenced, and accurate. That's why general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, architects, and homeowners take benefit from the quantity takeoffs provided by us. We deal with all kinds of material and cost estimates for residential as well as commercial projects.
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What is QTO?
"QTO" stands for Quantity TakeOff and it is basically a list of material quantities required to complete a construction project. The takeoff services are offered by professional estimators and can be outsourced from companies like QTO Estimating. Hiring a full-time estimator for your company will lead to very high monthly expenses and cost overheads. So outsourcing take-offs is a viable option to save both money and time.
We offer quantity take-off services nationwide and we have a large client base all over the states including New York, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, California, Washington DC, Minnesota, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Massachusetts, Arizona, Alabama.
CONSTRUCTION TAKE-OFF PROCESS
A Construction take-off process involves analyzing the drawings and specifications to determine the material quantities and types of materials required for a project. It includes everything from concrete and masonry to steel framing and wood framing etc. The estimates for other trades like site work, flooring, painting, electrical, mechanical and plumbing etc. are also prepared to form a complete take-off list. General contractors, sub-contractors and house builders can manage budgets, reduce wastage and avoid delays caused by material shortage by getting accurate construction takeoff services from companies like us. Outsourcing takeoffs improves accuracy and efficiency of the overall construction process. They also help in timely completion of project with the allocated budget.
Moreover, the latest estimating softwares like Planswift and Bluebeam helps our estimators in preparing the most accurate and fast estimates for any kind of job. Our services are for everyone looking for material quantities or cost estimation of projects. Whether it's new construction or renovation of an existing building or site, we can do the blueprint take off hassle-free & provide you a detailed excel spreadsheet that can help you in bidding, ordering materials, and cost management of the project.
OUR TAKEOFF SERVICES INCLUDE
We provide flooring estimates and quantity takeoffs for all kinds of construction projects. Our flooring estimates include tiles, carpet, wood floors, VCT, LVT, concrete floors any many more.
Our drywall takeoffs are categorized based on the type, fire-rating, no of boards, type of insulation, etc. Moreover, we also provide the number of sheets, headers, and metal studs quantities and costs for drywall estimates.
Lumber takeoff services include wood framing quantities for trusses, joists, headers etc. based on sizes and type. The lumber quantities are provided in linear footage and can be priced easily based on quantity estimates prepared by us.
Our detailed electrical takeoffs includes number of light fixtures based on types, switches, power panels, conduits, low voltage supplies etc. The detailed electrical cost estimates by QTO Estimating can help electrical sub-contractors in winning more bids.
Our masonry estimates for contractors include interior brickwork, exterior face bricks, CMU blocks, stone takeoffs like granite, marble, limestone, concrete blocks etc. Get in touch with us to get a free quote for masonry quantity takeoffs.
If you need quantities for the excavation, backfill, slope stabilization, or the earthwork quantities for changes in topography etc. then we can help you in this regard. Our earthwork takeoffs and cost estimates are used by civil contractors from all over the world.
IMPROVED ACCURACY & EFFICIENCY
Having an accurate list of material quantities is crucial for the success of any project. This construction take-off list is helpful for bidding as well as for ordering material during the execution stage of project. This is where takeoff services by QTO Estimating come in. Our service involves analyzing drawings and specs to create a detailed quantity take-off list that contains the quantities and types of materials needed for the project. By utilizing a combination of manual approach and automated software, our experienced professionals can accurately determine the materials required for your project.
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TYPES OF ESTIMATES
Are you confused whether you are looking for material take-off, cost estimate or quantity survey for your project? Well here are the main differences and between each of these types of estimates.
Material Take-offs: A material take-off list contains a detailed list of all the materials required for a construction job. It includes everything from rough carpentry and lumber framing to electrical fixtures and plumbing items. Contractors and builders use the material takeoffs for ordering materials and maintaining the stock levels throughout the construction phase.
Cost Estimates: The Cost estimation process involves analysis of the materials and labor costs to determine the overall budgeted cost of a construction project. It includes all the costs of raw materials as well as the labor and equipment cost breakdown. Accurate cost estimates are essential components of the overall bidding process. They also help the project manager to ensure that the project remains profitable.
Quantity Surveys: Quantity surveying is a process that involves measurements and quantification of various materials required for a project. Material quantities such as the brick count required for constructing a wall or the lengths of wiring required for electrical works are surveyed. These surveys are useful in determining the overall size and scope of a project. Quantity surveys also lead to the creation of accurate cost estimates for a project.
HOW IT WORKS
Our take-off specialists use a structured process to accurately determine the quantities and types of materials required for each project. Here's a brief overview of how our construction take-off services work:
1. Gathering Information: Our team first collects all relevant plans and drawings for the project, including civil plans, architectural plans, structural plans and specifications.
2. Analyzing Plans: Our take-off specialists then carefully review the plans and drawings to determine the scope and requirements of the project. This process involves measuring, counting, and quantifying various materials required for the construction project. Materials such as concrete, masonry, structural steel, lumber framing, roofing, siding painting, flooring etc. are considered.
3. Utilizing Softwares: Our estimators use specialized software, such as Bluebeam and PlanSwift, to automate the measurement and quantification process. This software generates accurate takeoff lists, creates 2D markups, and estimate costs with greater speed and accuracy than manual methods.
4. Creating Reports: Once the take-off is complete, our specialist creates a detailed quantity take-off list, outlining the various items needed for the job. This list is used to order materials, manage inventory levels throughout the project, and ensure that the necessary materials are available when needed.
Our takeoff estimating services have been utilized in a variety of real-world projects, from commercial buildings to residential homes and public infrastructure projects. For example, our take-off services were used during the construction of the Hudson Yards development in New York City to manage the project's cost management requirements.GET A QUOTE
WHY CHOOSE US
When it comes to construction take-off services, you want to work with a reliable company that can deliver accurate results. At QTO Estimating, we have years of experience in the field, and we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive and efficient takeoff estimates to our clients.
What sets us apart from others on the market? Here are just a few of the unique features and benefits that we offer:
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So are you ready to streamline your estimating chores while saving time and money? Contact us today to learn more about our estimating services and get a quote!
A construction takeoff is a complete list of raw materials required for a project. Sometimes it is also called a material takeoff (MTO) or quantity take-off (QTO). The words takeoff and take-off are used interchangeably by the professionals, but the meaning is the same (no difference). It is the most important component of the whole estimating process and serves as a key component of the construction estimate. It is quite useful for both new construction as well as renovation projects. The material take-off can be done manually by hand calculations, but things would become complex if the project is big. Nowadays, specialized companies like QTO Estimating are offering blueprint takeoff service by working on the drawings or blueprints. So nowadays, advanced software like PlanSwift, Bluebeam, on-screen takeoff, etc. are used by the estimators for the preparation of take-offs.
A typical takeoff includes quantities of raw material required for construction like bricks, blocks, concrete, steel, lumber, paint etc. All the items are listed in an excel spreadsheet with units of measure and quantity provided for each line item. A wastage factor can also be applied to account for material waste during construction.
Quantity take-off lists are required for the preparation of detailed cost estimates of construction projects. The estimators use the material quantities, labor hours and unit rates, etc. to prepare a detailed cost estimate. So, an accurate take-off serves as a base for an accurate estimate. The take-off software these days can do the take-off and estimating job side by side. It is possible to input the unit costs in the software and then measure the required material amount. The software finally generates the cost estimate with a few clicks.
Preparation of material take-offs is a quite time-consuming job and sometimes it becomes frustrating when the person doing the take-off is not experienced and cannot handle big projects. At this point, it is always useful to get professional take-off services from companies like us.
We have a team of professional estimators who are capable of handling large-scale complex construction projects. So instead of spending hours on the take-off process, it is always beneficial to outsource takeoff services from QTO Estimating. Send us the plans through email and we will get back to you with a quote in a couple of hours.