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How Freelance Civil Estimators Can Help Save Your Company Money and Make it More Competitive

February 1, 2013

In this tough economic climate, construction companies need any edge they can get. Whether it’s through building organizational efficiency, or doing cost saving measures, it’s important to be as competitive as possible. Can Help Reduce Overhead Costs

When you think about the overhead that goes into putting together a bid before you’ve even hired staff, it’s pretty staggering. There’s the software cost, the cost of setting up your estimating system, training costs, and hardware expenses – all of which will likely represent $15,000 annually.

Staff Costs Can Add Up Quickly

Think of how expensive it can be to hire a full-time senior estimator.

  • Base Salary: $120,000
  • Truck Lease: $10,000
  • Office Space: $8,000
  • Benefits: $15,000
  • Bonus: $5,000
  • Cell: $2,000

Before you know it, you’ve spent $160,000 on hiring a person, in addition to all the hardware and set-up costs.

Hiring a Freelance Estimator Can Reduce Your Costs Dramatically’s costs typically represent about 2% of the revenue that it brings in for it’s clients.  In other words, for every $1M worth of work,’s fees will be about $20,000.

Why Hiring a Freelance Civil Estimator Makes Sense

January 29, 2013

In today’s tough economic climate, it’s always important to keep costs down and overhead under control. Sometimes it makes sense to hire a full-time employee, other times it makes sense to outsource. Here are some important things to consider about potentially hiring a freelance Civil Estimator, or a full-time employee:


  • No down-time
  • State-of-the-art software
  • No overhead (office, cell, truck)
  • Represents about 2% of revenue


  • Time is logged even without jobs to bid
  • Large overhead
  • Requires training
  • Is likely to represent more than 2% of total revenue

What We’re All About

January 29, 2013

With 30 years of estimating experience, is one of the most well-known and respected freelance Civil Estimating services in Western Canada. provides expert estimating services using highly advanced estimating software such as HCSS, QuestMX and Google Apps for Business.

Because our offices are virtual, we keep our costs low – our fees typically represent only 2% of revenues from jobs that we win for our clients. In other words, if you spend $200 in fees for our services, you’ll likely see $10,000 in increased revenue going to your company.

Who Are Our Typical Clients?

January 29, 2013

The companies that tend to work with us most are small-to-mid-sized excavating companies, with six to 12 pieces of heavy equipment. We work well with them for two reasons:

  1. They’re too small to hire a full-time estimator
  2. They’re too big for the owner to bid all the work

Our clients tend to be companies that can’t afford big overhead, but need sophisticated services. They’re also sometimes smaller companies with big growth plans, and need our help to bid larger jobs that they’re not used to putting numbers together for. Here’s a short list of some of the companies we’ve worked for:

Regehr Contracting

Vertex Excavating

Tiegen Excavating


What Type of Jobs Can We Help You Bid?

January 29, 2013

Let’s face it, not everyone has the same definition of what a Civil Estimator is. To clear up any confusion, the types of projects we typically estimate are subdivisions, commercial developments, and municipal work. Each of these projects typically involve:

  • Site grading
  • Bulk excavation
  • Underground utilities (storm & sanitary sewers, waterworks)
  • Civil works for Electricity & Data Connections
  • Roadworks (gravel base & sub-base, asphalt paving, concrete curbs & walks)