Most contractors offer free construction quotes to serious inquirers. Prefabricated home manufacturers often have an online form that can be filled out for a quote. Some websites feature online calculators that provide instant quotes. National Construction Estimator is a software program that is free to try for 30 days and allows individuals to get accurate estimates based on location and other factors.
Getting quotes from private contractors usually involves setting up a meeting time or corresponding via the Web. A contractor often wants to see the exact site of the job before offering a quote. Custom-built home quotes typically take longer than plans that a firm is familiar with.
Get-A-Quote.net offers calculators that can provide an estimate of building costs. Home Building Estimates offers a service that provides multiple quotes. Apps such as the Handyman Calculator, available from Google Play, can also help estimate building costs.
Construction estimates may need to be received from several types of contractors if the building has special needs. If a main contractor is hired, they may subcontract work if needed. It is important to be clear on what is covered in the quote, as there may be a big difference between a finished quote and a shell price.