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The Impact of COVID-19 on Construction Estimation

There’s no doubt that the ongoing pandemic and crisis have affected nearly every aspect of our lives. This kind of global shutdown and panic hasn’t been seen with a health crisis in living memory, which is saying a lot.

However, this doesn’t mean that the world has to stop turning. There are tons of everyday operations that can be carried out despite the effects of the pandemic. Let’s take a look at how that this pandemic has impacted construction cost estimation and its related processes.

How the Pandemic Affects Construction

Sitework estimation and quantity takeoffs are two of the main factors associated with construction cost estimation. Before we get into how these have changed, we must understand how construction itself has changed direction.

Global health experts and epidemiologists are arguing that our existing methods of conducting work, current building infrastructure, and even homes are incompatible with social distancing guidelines.

This means that contractors will have to evaluate the possibilities of social distancing during construction work, architects will rethink how they design commercial spaces, and residential projects will be realigned.

Amid all this, we’re also dealing with an economic crisis, which means investment in large projects is volatile and, in some cases, has dried up.

How New Construction Procedures Can Affect Costs

With our previous methods for construction designed to lower costs and raise efficiency, it’s time to re-evaluate how labor is utilized and construction tasks are completed. The kind of social distancing required means that labor costs could rise because of longer completion hours.

Moreover, as with any workplace where people are collaborating to finish projects, the risk of the space turning into a transmission hotspot is very real. This means

that health insurance costs, days off, and demanded wages can be higher.

If we’re talking redesigns from scratch for commercial spaces that are purpose-built to allow social distancing, then metal and lumber quantity takeoffs are likely to look different. This is because essential design priorities are changing for good.

Why That Makes Construction Estimation a Harder Task

Essentially, all of these factors mean that construction estimation services are walking a new path. With previous methods of estimation, there were certain ground rules that were taken for granted. With high labor costs, material shortages, raised prices, and extra design costs, estimating total costs is a dicey task right now.

Even construction cost estimation software may fail here, since taking the larger climate into account isn’t a system capability. Instead, the need of the hour are expert construction estimation companies that have experience with manual calculation as well as digital calculation to ensure that no detail is missed.

At Remote Estimation, we can help you get an accurate cost estimation in the USA, including both residential and commercial estimates