The most common question for any potential builder when working with a given home plan is: “how much will it cost to build?” Unfortunately, that has not historically been an easy question to answer — until now. Mascord Design, in concert with the estimating experts at StartBuild, is proud to unveil our new cost–to–build Estimator. This state of the art estimator utilizes StartBuild’s many years of experience in the construction industry and makes all other cost–to–build and estimation services obsolete.
Existing cost–to–build solutions provided by other estimators have proven highly inaccurate, but Mascord and StartBuild’s new cost–to–build Estimator is different for two primary reasons. Firstly, StartBuild continuously updates the Estimator with accurate and current costs for materials and labor. This timeliness is critical to the accuracy of any estimator because these types of costs continuously fluctuate; what might have been a realistic building cost last year might no longer be now.
The second factor that has a large influence on the construction estimation and subsequent building costs are the materials choices made by the customer. Options like granite counter tops, tile roofs, high-end windows, or more exotic hardwood flooring can dramatically change the cost per square foot to construct a home — sometimes by more than 100% over the initial estimate. StartBuild’s cost–to–build Estimator allows you to see how much these changes will cost upfront — well before breaking ground — making cost overruns a thing of the past.