Construction Budgets

Managing your cash flow and having a clear understanding of the construction costs for your extension or renovation project is critical to a successful completion of the project. There are a number of factors which can place added stress on your project, and could even bring things to a halt. Contractor availability, interest rate increases, poor weather, holding costs and material price rises are just some of the most common issues with construction projects, and it is important that you can manage them as they arise.

Section 94 can assist you by maintaining an accurate construction cost report for every stage of your project. Our service caters to the needs of architects, owner builders and builders in Sydney and Melbourne. Initially, we will provide you with an estimated cost report based on research and inputs including:

Construction Cost Report

The Importance of Construction Cost Reports

The construction industry is highly demanding and competitive. Engaging a Quantity Surveyor will help to ensure that your project progresses smoothly whilst minimising your risk of budget blowout. A cost report should be prepared before the project begins, and if necessary, it can be updated on a weekly or monthly basis. This helps you to stay informed, manage cash flow and keep your project on track for successful completion.  It is not uncommon for construction projects to go well beyond budget and expected time frames, but this problem can be avoided by engaging the services of a quantity surveyor at the inception of your project.

  • Inspection of your development plans
  • Consulting the Australian Cost Management Manuals provided by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) to calculate your development costs
  • Comparing data to previous benchmarked projects
  • Calculating total development cost including GST
  • Measuring Gross Floor Areas following measurement guidelines described in the AIQS Cost Management Manual

When preparing a construction cost report, Section 94 will take the following into account:

Main Elemental Costs – the functional performance of building components, considering internal and external fabric, fittings, internal services, site works, external services, special provisions, superstructure, preliminaries, substructure and internal finishes.

Sub Elemental Costs – the individual building components used in the creation of main components, such as windows and doors, walls, columns, air conditioning, fire protection, electrics, communications, landscaping, water and gas services/supply, plumbing, columns, floors and roofs.

We use this information to establish a detailed cost projection based on the size of your development. The report will include a total estimated cost, as well as an estimated rate per m² and the gross floor area.  You will gain a much clearer picture of where your money is being spent, and you will be able to manage finances much more efficiently throughout the course of the project.

We cross-check every report against previous projects to ensure accuracy, and can meet your deadline. If you want to keep your project on track and within budget, please contact our team today.

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Start your project off on the right foot, engage the professional team at Section 94 today. Our QS report will assist you in minimising outgoings and developing a budget so that your project runs smoothly from inception through to completion. Please contact us with some brief information about your project and a member of our team will be in touch.