Build It Estimating Service

Get an accurate estimated cost for your self-build project with the Build It Estimating Service
Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
28th April 2018

If you’re embarking on a self-build, extension, loft, barn or garage conversion, then you’ll want to know the estimated construction cost, down to the last roof tile, as soon as possible. And that would be either for:

  • Budgeting purposes
  • A comparison between costs you’ve received from builders or architects
  • Making a professional presentation to a bank or lender.

That’s where the Build It Estimating Service comes in, and the great thing about our particular service, is its impartiality. We’re not a building firm or a builders’ merchant. So you can rest assured our only motivation is to produce accurate estimates, promptly!

>>Submit your plans for a no-obligation fee proposal – prices start at £249 <<

Our service, powered by award-winning HBXL software, has been used by hundreds of self-builders on projects ranging from garage conversions and kitchen extensions to family homes and town houses.

What we need from you:

  • Proposed floor and elevation plans
  • Existing floor and elevation plans (for extensions, loft and garage conversions)
  • Any relevant specification notes and/or tender documents

Submit your plans for review

What you’ll receive following go-ahead:

  • Fully detailed ‘self builder friendly’ estimate report (see an example)
  • Live material costs from leading builder’s merchants
  • Estimated labour costs
  • Full cost breakdown to assist with finance applications
  • Facility to make adjustments to suit your budget
  • Support to better understand your build route options

A tailored, personal service from experienced building specialists starts from just £249 for a new-build project. For a complete guide to the fees for producing an estimate for your project see the pricing structure.

If you would like a quick and cost-effective outline of your overall build costs before deciding which route to take then why not take a look at our Benchmark Service.

For more information contact us on 0117 916 7886 or email [email protected]

“Thank you very much for the Build It Estimating Service report. It will prove very useful in many ways as we go through the process of building our house. Please pass on my sincere thanks to the estimator who undertook the job. I very much appreciate all his work on this.”

Sally McCarthy – Self builder

“I am having the extension works carried out at my own house and I was intending to sub the work out but I was fortunate enough to find two local builders who had just un-furloughed themselves and could start immediately. The information that you provided is proving invaluable as it gave me the comfort that the project was affordable, and I am able to use it as a cross-check on where the actual costs are going. So, a win, win situation so far and nine working days in with good weather and a ready supply of materials, things are on budget and on time!”

Peter Burrell, Home-extender

“The estimate really helped me validate my budget – areas that I missed and areas that were over /under budget”

Martin Smethurst, Self builder

“We were not initially sure if we would need estimation services for our building project, how wrong we were. This service has saved us a small fortune and given an exact blueprint for the schedule, the materials, a project plan and covers every element of the build, worth every penny.”

Seb Wagstaff, self builder



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