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We not only do Tax Depreciation work but also offer a full range of Quantity Surveying Services, such as:

  • Preliminary Building Estimates
  • Detailed Cost Estimates
  • Trade Based Estimates
  • Production Estimating
  • Insurance Replacement Cost Estimates
  • Body Corporate Sinking Funds
  • Progress Payment Schedules
  • Costs to Complete

What is a Preliminary Building Estimate?

Suited to the pre-tender stage where an architect has some draft plans and needs guidance on how much the project will cost.  Often clients will have a budget and before the architect spends a considerable amount of time or effort on the drawings he will need to make sure he is on track. It is not just his costs that are important but also other professional consultants that he may involve such as Structural Engineers, Mechanical Engineers etc.  You can imagine if the architect employed all his consultants and then realised that the budget was exceeded, the costs involved to get everyone to change their designs would be excessive.

When to bring in a quantity surveyor?

It is best to get some draft plans done first and if the initial plans are not on budget then the Quantity Surveyor can advise the areas that are over budget and can help in where to cut costs or suggest alternative construction methods. We often see plans that only amount to one or two pages with very limited details and the majority of the costs will be based on assumptions.  It will not be an exact cost plan but it will help in the initial stages to keep costs within track.

The preliminary building estimate is based on an elemental estimate, these estimates comprise of elements of the building which costs are known and then applied to the known area or measurement. An example of an element in an estimate would be the concrete slab of a house, the elements of the slab consist of such items as concrete, reinforcing steel, mesh, formwork, labour etc to give us a built up cost per m2 of slab area. Ie a 200 m2 house slab x an elemental rate of $100 a m2 will give us $20,000 for that slab. It is not detailed enough to be used for tendering.

What is a Detailed Cost Estimate?

When you have finished the architectural design stage and the plans are ready for tendering then we can do a detailed cost estimate. The plans should be detailed enough to quantify individual building items. The costs are usually classified into the different building trades to make it easier to read but to also to compare costs. Examples of trades would be Concrete, Carpentry, Metalwork, etc, the costs are measured on unit rates such as metres, m3, tonnes and rates are applied to the measurement units. The rates applied are normally from known industry standards such as building supply company price lists, contractor rates or cost guides such as Rawlinsons or Cordell. The advantage of getting a detailed cost estimate done this way is the quickness and usefulness of the estimate for submitting a tender price to clients. We can supply this to you on an excel format and if needed, you can adjust the rates or builders margin to suit your individual needs.

There are other ways to construct a detailed cost estimate such as getting quotes for each individual trade but these can be time consuming and can take up to 2 months to get all the quotes in.

The advantage of getting a detailed cost estimate over the quote method is the time frame, usually within 1 to 2 weeks and you can use it for your tender but also ordering items and using the estimate as a budget cost plan to see how you are tracking against the costs spent.

What is a Trade Based Estimate?

The trade based estimate is similar to the detailed cost estimate but individual trades can be selected for estimating. The advantages of this are for contractors or trades people who don’t need the whole cost estimate and are only concerned about their trade. For example a carpenter might only be tendering for the carpentry on a job and does not need us to work out all the concrete or glazing for him. A renderer may only need to know the areas of render on a house, these estimates can be cost effective for the smaller trades people who don’t have the time or are not big enough to hire an estimator full time.

What is a Bill of Quantities?

This is a measurement document and is usually used on larger jobs with detailed architectural plans, specifications and schedule of finishes are available. It will list all the materials, parts and labour and will detail the terms and condition of the tender. Tenderers can then enter their rates against the quantities itemised. The Bill of Quantities will usually form an integral part of the contract and will be referred to in cases of progress claims or disputes.

What is Production Estimating?

Production Estimating is normally a title used with residential group builders, it’s a job where an Estimator works with detailed plans and works out the quantities and pricing for ordering of building supplies. This work is done when a contract has been signed and the Building Company needs to organise the orders, the ordering is based on the contract and the Sales Estimators documents. The Production Estimator is normally an in-house role and he is responsible to the Sales Estimator, Contract Administrator and Site Supervisors. Most likely the estimator will also be involved in invoice approval and some variation workings but will rarely be involved with the client.

What is Sales Estimating?

Sales Estimating is the front end of negotiating with clients and putting together a contract; clients will request pricing of house plans and will have selected their schedule of finishes. The Sales Estimator will price all the items up with an approved margin and put together as a Letter of Offer in the contract. This is usually done in liaison with the client or the in-house contract supervisor. Once the contract has gone unconditional then the Production Estimator will take over and get the orders ready. Some documents that normally take up a contract are the Sales Addendum, Architectural drawings, Engineering drawings, Standard Specification, Colour Selections and Schedule of Finishes.


The role of a Quantity Surveyor is to monitor the costs of any new construction. This holds true whether you are starting from the ground up or remodelling an existing structure and need a quantity surveyor report. The information entered into your report will be used to form the basis for your continuing tax depreciation schedules in the coming years.

Fully Trained Quantity Surveyor for Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast

When you contact us regarding your next project, we will ensure that you are matched with someone who has the skill and the experience needed to produce an expert quantity surveyor report. We take great pride in being able to offer you a surveyor from Brisbane to Melbourne with many years of experience in the construction industry. You can count on our staff to produce highly detailed and accurate reports for you. This report can be used when you need to start filing for tax depreciations. When you stop to think about how much money an accurate report is going to save you on your annual tax bill, you need to know that you are hiring the absolute best surveyor in Australia. At Budget Tax Depreciation, our fees may be low, but you can count on the high quality of every report we produce. This is because every surveyor we hire is the best in the business, dedicated to helping you save money.


To arrange a property surveyor for your Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney or Gold Coast property, contact our team or call on 1300 884 215.