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Estimators collect and analyze information for the estimation of resources, labour and time that will be required for a project. They mostly collaborate with contractors, engineers, architects and clients to gather data required for estimation. They may either collect information from on-field sources such as construction sites or they may participate in discussions with the key stakeholders of a project. Apart from providing estimating services, they also make recommendations on how costs for a project can be reduced. Estimators maintain extensive records of all estimated and actual costs throughout the duration of the project. They not only analyze this during the project review stages but also use the data to inform costs for future projects. If you require estimation of costs, materials, time and labour for your business projects, you can opt for estimators for hire on Guru- one of the top freelance websites.

What Does an Estimator Do?

Estimators work on a project while it is still in the discussion stage, understand the scope of the work and prepare estimates in a timely manner. They prepare detailed estimation reports and purchase orders for all products and materials that will be used in the project. They establish and maintain strong business relationships with vendors and subcontractors. When working on a project, they manage bids from all vendors and prepare a detailed cost analysis. They also regularly communicate with team members, trade partners and clients regarding cost estimates and actual costs of new and current projects. They may also use software to analyze historical company data, exchange rates and market prices of materials and labour. Once the project has started, they perform regular monitoring to ensure that the actual costs are in line with the estimated costs.

If you are looking for estimators for hire for your company projects, you can connect with experts on online freelance marketplaces. Before you do so, you need to ensure that the person:

  • Is a self-starter and forward planner and can make judgements and assessments pertaining to budget and costs

  • Can use limited information and past experience to prepare a detailed estimation report

  • Can work closely with construction managers, planners and design teams to understand the scope of the project, timelines and resources requirements

Qualifications of Estimators

Expert Estimators can help you in the planning and resource allocation stages by providing accurate and well-informed estimates for the project. Here are some of the qualifications you should look for before hiring a freelancer.

  • Professional education and training in Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Construction Science, Finance, Economics, or Accounting

  • Knowledge of estimation software such as Bluebeam, Kanix, 2-Plan and STACK

  • Extensive portfolio of several estimation projects successfully handled for various clients

Benefits of Freelance Estimators

  • They can help you keep a check on the resources you spend during the course of a project by giving you estimates beforehand.

  • They can provide suggestions on areas where you can cut costs to enhance the profitability of the project.

  • They can use their connections in the market to get you the best deals for materials and labour for your project.

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