Engaging an Estimator for costs of multi-level build

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  1. Property Guts

    Property Guts Well-Known Member

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    Hi PC'ers
    Doing due diligence on a property and seeking some tips and guidance on engaging a Costs Estimator for building a multi-level aprtment complex. Site is in a regional NSW town, building will be 2330 sqm of gross floor area (excludes basement parking), with, 5 x above ground levels + 2 x basement parking levels. With 20 resi apartments + 4 retail on ground floor + 50 carparks. Not yet at DA stage.

    We have already engaged an Architect firm to do Feasibility Study and provide block shape concept plans.
    So willing to put some more $$ into gettting a good grip on building costs.
    No, i don't want to use a free online estimator service (not enough detail)

    Seeking;
    *) referals, for a professional cost estimating firm (estimate of their costs too?)
    *) advice & suggestions based on similar experience
    *) any other feedback, all welcome

    thank you
     
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  2. thydzik

    thydzik Well-Known Member

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    I've used Jeff Li from wase.com.au before for a Perth development.
    He also has a team servicing the Sydney market,
    not sure price, he would need to see the drawings

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    Jeff Li
    WA Scheduling & Estimating
    [email protected]
    ABN : 73 995 620 218
    www.wase.com.au
     
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  3. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    As an alternative try a quantity surveyor eg @Depreciator
     
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  4. Property Guts

    Property Guts Well-Known Member

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    Thanx Thydzik and Scott-one-mate
    Talking to a few people - another sugggestion i am hearing is - pay a builder to provide the estimate (but select a builder who would make it on the final shortlist to build).
     
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  5. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator

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    Steve Bregovic at Newton Fisher - 9744 2626.
    They do mid size projects. Good operators.
     
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  6. Property Guts

    Property Guts Well-Known Member

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    thankx Depreciator
     
  7. Owen Perrin

    Owen Perrin New Member

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    I would recommend engaging a QS or estimator to provide an estimate based on the architect's preliminary design, which should identify if the design is within your cost budget.
     
  8. The_Billy

    The_Billy Well-Known Member

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    I'm biased, but I would recommend this also. You might however find it difficult to get a builder keen at this early stage, even if you paid them, it is not financially worthwhile.