What should you anticipate from a Builder's Quote or Proposal?

Lauren O'Grady
March 8, 2024

Constructing a house can be an inherently stressful endeavor. As you embark on the journey of planning your dream home, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the complexities of the process and inundated with a deluge of information. Whether you're meticulously compiling a checklist of necessary businesses to contact or grappling with financial concerns, the experience can be daunting.

It's crucial to recognize that you're not alone in this journey. Many individuals encounter stress during the building process. However, with the right guidance and a competent builder, the weight of this burden can be significantly alleviated. It all begins with gaining a clear understanding of the quoting process from the outset.

During the planning stage, it's imperative to ensure that your budget remains on track.

All too often, clients approach us with elaborate plans, complete with detailed engineering and specifications. Yet, upon closer examination, it becomes apparent that these plans exceed the client's budgetary constraints. This can lead to frustration and disappointment, especially considering the time and resources invested in the planning process.

Our recommendation is to engage a builder early in the planning phase. A knowledgeable builder can provide invaluable insights into materials, floor plans, and cladding options, ensuring that your plans align with your budget from the outset. At L O'Grady Constructions, we collaborate closely with draftsmen and architects, offering a comprehensive Building Consultancy Service to streamline the process and avoid budgetary surprises.

Once conceptual plans are established, your builder will assess their alignment with your budget. If adjustments are necessary, your builder will work with you to modify the plans accordingly. Once satisfied, detailed engineering plans and specifications will be finalized, culminating in a Fixed Price quote for your project.

It's essential to understand the value of investing in a comprehensive quote.

Creating a detailed quote requires significant time and effort on the part of the builder. Builders who charge for quotes are more likely to dedicate the necessary resources to thoroughly research your project, ensuring accuracy and reliability. When seeking a quote, prioritize expertise and professionalism, as these qualities are indicative of a builder who takes your project seriously and is committed to delivering an accurate estimate.

A Fixed Price proposal should provide a detailed breakdown of all aspects of your project, including prime cost items and provisional sum allowances. This transparency ensures that you have a clear understanding of the costs involved and can make informed decisions throughout the process.

Here is a snippet of what a quote should look like:

Crafting a comprehensive proposal indeed requires a substantial investment of time, and as the saying goes, time is money. It's important to be cautious of builders who offer quotes without charging for them.


For a quote that's thorough and accurate, reach out to the friendly and seasoned team at L. O'Grady Constructions today.

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