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By Sakina in IL on 9/24/2007


Hello,
Has anyone used a materials take off service from a third party? 

We have detailed technical plans from our architect, and he has advised us to get materials take offs from our subs, but I think we need a system of checks and balances, to make sure we're buying the right amount of material.

I've seen a few services offered online:
homesphere.com
home-cost.com

If anyone has used a complete materials take off service, I'd love to hear about your experience:
Who did you use?
How much did they charge?
Were the estimates accurate?

Thank you!

-Sakina

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By Bob in New Florence, PA on 9/30/2007


We had three separate companies do take-offs for the building materials. We settled on the one who gave us contractors rate at a 15% discount. They did a take-off in February and then we had them do another in August prior to starting the build and it was less due to materials like OSB dropping in price. Every time we get a bill from them my wife always cross references it with the delivery slips to make sure they are accurate and she has caught a number of mistakes that have worked in our favor.

The trade subs use their own wholesalers and they get better rates than we could so we just did some minor research to make sure we didn't get hosed, and we didn't.


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