Website Arms Consumers With Home Construction Costing Data

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Turmoil in the real estate market is causing both buyers and sellers to employ new strategies to address uncertainty and pare construction costs. And as in many other industries, the power of the Internet is serving as a ready catalyst for innovations -- from simple online listings to filmed walk-through tours of homes.

Now a new online service by California based makes customized costing details available nationwide for those interested in building a home or adding to an existing one.

The website creates step by step cost estimates for the actual construction process, allowing consumers to negotiate with builders knowledgeably and with authoritative cost estimates in hand -- accurate for their geographic region. A CostBuild™ report lists more than 300 line items of building cost assumptions: the descriptions, the quantities, the units, the unit prices, and a subtotal for each phase of construction work.

"We empower consumers with pricing data for their specific zip code, so that they are not at a disadvantage in dealing with contractors or developers," says Curtis Fletcher, president of parent company Curtcher Building Systems. "Consumers enter the negotiation process with an excellent grasp of just what's involved in the construction process and what each step should cost. They are also better able to track expenses."

Individual homebuyers, it turns out, aren't the only ones interested in the new service.

"A considerable volume of our business comes from contractors and developers themselves," notes Fletcher. "Being able to more accurately estimate construction costs often requires expertise many firms don't have in-house. The costing data we supply therefore saves builders money and helps them keep better track of their own outlays."

"Material takeoffs for construction are commonly generated by the general contractor and subcontractor after a job is already rolling. Contractors rely on third party takeoffs like those we create, to better deliver accuracy and accountability to their project. CostBuild’s accurate takeoffs are key to smoother running projects, fewer overruns and fewer changes."

To use the online service consumers enter the local zip code, choose among options describing the construction project, and enter the square footage involved. Construction industry experts then employ a vast database to generate figures on detailed phases of the construction work and their expected cost.

"Having a high quality, detailed job cost estimate in hand is the first step in properly controlling construction expenses. Our tailored reports allow for clearer defined adjustments -- instead of the broad guesswork commonly used," adds Fletcher.

For more information on CostBuild visit their website at or phone them at 800-547-1045.

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