- Q.Do you allow suppliers to
prepare takeoffs or estimates?
A. "There is a sign at our
supplier’s office that reads,
‘Our estimates are free, our mistakes are
not.’ If I’ve got to eat a
mistake, it’s a whole lot easier to
swallow if it’s mine."
— Howard Ferree
"We sometimes allow the lumberyard to do the
takeoff, but we check it before we have them price
it out. We also give specs to our subs for
plumbing, electrical, heating, drywall, and
insulation. They provide a quote — more
like a contract than an estimate."
— Glenn Farrell
"The contractor has sole responsibility for the
bottom line. To depend on a supplier for estimates
is an invitation to financial disaster."
— Bill Gaver
"We allow our supplier to do takeoffs, but we
check for accuracy. If you tell your supplier how
you want them to handle things like waste and
contingencies, they can become the most accurate
estimator outside your own shop. You can handle
more work with this arrangement, too."
— Mike Weiss