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Build cost basics: Should you use a quantity surveyor or an estimator?

Adrian Wild looks at the options for accurately pricing up your project

Getting your figures right is an essential part of any home building project. Armed with the right information, you can ensure the viability of your scheme, identify the best places to focus your budget and make certain your builders’ quotes reflect the work you’re expecting. There are two main routes to ascertaining costs – namely appointing a quantity surveyor (QS) or an estimator. But how can you tell which is the best fit for your project, and what will they provide?

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!