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Old 03-16-2015, 06:54 PM   #1
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Can You Recommend A Takeoff Service?


I am building a house in an area to which I am moving. I am concerned that the takeoff that the local lumberyard has done, is way way off. I am seriously considering getting someone professionally to do the takeoff. I am certain that spending a couple hundred bucks now will save me a ton of running around and down time later. Can anyone recommend one?
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I am building a house in an area to which I am moving. I am concerned that the takeoff that the local lumberyard has done, is way way off. I am seriously considering getting someone professionally to do the takeoff. I am certain that spending a couple hundred bucks now will save me a ton of running around and down time later. Can anyone recommend one?

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You need a better lumberyard. What makes you think they are way off?
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First of all, where are you located?

Second, why do you think the lumberyard is way, way off?

Third, are you needing the entire project done, or just the framing, or what?
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I see Warren answered in your other thread started.
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Why don't you do your own take-off? Then you can send it around to several lumber yards and have a fair comparison.
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Merged the thread. Please don't start multiple threads with the same topic. Confused me. I thought I had replied, then I saw that I hadn't?
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I will be in Northern Idaho.

Looking at their takeoff and starting to do my own, I find some drastic differences in magnitudes that re not insignificant. There are obvious omissions, with no lumber for headers or beams.

It's not Chicago, choice of lumberyards is limited.

Here is my thought: I am very frugal and in general hate to pay to have someone else do something. I am not a house builder by trade. If I forget items or miscalculate, I may waste more time and effort waiting or running around then it might cost to have it done. Maybe I am wrong, but my thoughts were that somewhere there are guys that are real good at this.

Some of the items are special order (the siding). I hate to order way too much. On the other hand, too little could cause dye lot problems.

These are my reasons.
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I am very frugal... I am not a house builder by trade.
Then why on earth would you want to DIY a house build? Without experience, you are going to be stacking errors on top of omissions, taking way longer and spending even more money than if you just hire an experienced GC.
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Then why on earth would you want to DIY a house build? Without experience, you are going to be stacking errors on top of omissions, taking way longer and spending even more money than if you just hire an experienced GC.
You have to admit though, it is great experience building your own house.
Experience in the trades and life experience.

I built my own house before becoming a GC here in 'So. Cal. Screwed up my own plumbing and fixed it. Screwed up my own HVAC and had someone else fix that.

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It is a good experience. It made me into a builder. But it's not for everyone. Why don't you have a conversation with the yard about their takeoff?
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You have to admit though, it is great experience building your own house.
Oh, no doubt, and it gives you bragging rights extraordinaire. But when all is said and done, what money you might save comes at the expense of many many hours of your own time that most likely would have been better spent procuring income.

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[QUOTE=ScipioAfricanus;2675762]You have to admit though, it is great experience building your own house.
Experience in the trades and life experience.


When I was building my house years ago, a philosophical friend compared it to "going out to kill an animal to feed to your family"
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When I was building my house years ago, a philosophical friend compared it to "going out to kill an animal to feed to your family"
As in, you need to buy two ATVs, guns, ammo, a trailer, a truck to haul the ATVs, clothing, etc, and suddenly you're out $75k for a week's worth of food you might not actually get?
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Do it yourself. If you can build it, then you can go through the plans (a copy just for takeoff) and count sticks, sheets, etc.
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I didn't say I have never built a house, I said I am not a professional contractor. I have built probably a dozen homes, and to tell you the truth, better quality then most of the production work around here.

I know I can, and now probably will, do my own takeoff. My thoughts were that if there really were companies out there that were good at this, for $200 it would be worth it. If I have to run from Northern Idaho to Spokane Washington to pick up house wrap because I forgot to include it, it will have cost me more then the $200.

I really didn't mean for this to be a controversy on building your own house. I just was wondering if there were professional services that warranted using.
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I didn't say I have never built a house, I said I am not a professional contractor. I have built probably a dozen homes, and to tell you the truth, better quality then most of the production work around here.

I know I can, and now probably will, do my own takeoff. My thoughts were that if there really were companies out there that were good at this, for $200 it would be worth it. If I have to run from Northern Idaho to Spokane Washington to pick up house wrap because I forgot to include it, it will have cost me more then the $200.

I really didn't mean for this to be a controversy on building your own house. I just was wondering if there were professional services that warranted using.


Everything tuns into controversy around here, it is the nature of the beast.

I could do your take off from your plans via email for say $1000.00.
I would create a model of the house in my software then create the take-off with material list. Then I would check that list out by going over it again with pencil and paper. Redundancy is important in something like this.
Then I would suggest that you go over the lists and take-offs for yourself. To top it all off after all that I would not give you a guarantee
of accuracy as I do not know if you gave me the correct dimensions or plans or if you built the thing to the plans correctly.

For $200.00 I could look at your plans for 10 minutes, tell you that you need about this many square of roofing, sheets of drywall, sq. ft. of siding, rolls of insulation and that would be about it.
$200.00 for what you want is more than being frugal, I would say it is cheapskate (not meaning to be offensive).

Andy.

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