‘Then as a project progresses and the level of finishes are confirmed, the comparative rates section of the guide is used to accurately create an amended budget, so the client can be provided with options in terms of the variety of finishes.
‘Finally when progressing into the contract documentation stage, the detailed pricing section is used at project tender to accurately price each individual unit of work, enabling a pre-tender estimates for individual trades.
‘We like to think that our guides can really become a cost control tool from the inception of a project to completion and handover.’
When it comes to compiling the data, it is fair to say the research process for Rawlinsons is both thorough and complex.
‘We start with in-depth discussions with suppliers, subcontractors and construction industry professionals about states of their market. Following these discussions, the rates are generally built from the following elements: material cost, labour norms and labour rates,’ Matthew says.
‘The calculated rate is reviewed against factors such as tender returns, so trend predictions can be ascertained.
He adds that it is important to note that the guides are not just limited to quantity surveyors and estimators, but also architects, engineers, designers and builders.
‘Not to mention government bodies, insurance companies, valuers and educational establishments.’
Aside from quantity surveying and cost guides, the company also has grown in scope to provide a vast array of information and services to the industry, such as contractual advice, estimated construction time frames, tax depreciation, plus replacement insurance valuations and environmentally sustainable costs.
Having launched the digital versions of its handbooks in 2018, Kirsty Maxted again reflects on Rawlinsons growth and future aims. ‘We feel like we have been, for many years, and will continue to be there for anyone in the building industry,’ she says.
And as in the case of Hill 60’s transformation from dilapidation to glory, Rawlinsons’ aim to be there to help every builder to create beautiful spaces from the ground up should continue on for at least another 67 years.
For more information on how Rawlinsons can help, reach out to the Rawlinsons publications team at www.rawlhouse.com.au
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