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Spon’s Estimating Costs Guide to Plumbing and Heating Unit Rates and Project Costs 4th Edition by Bryan Spain | PDF Free Download.
Small plumbing and heating businesses operating in today’s commercial world needs all the help they can get.
The pressure of obtaining work, carrying it out efficiently, and ensuring that full payment is made on time is the responsibility of the firms’ senior staff or owners.
Any source of information that can help in saving time must be welcome and this book aims to fulfill this need.
Plumbers and heating engineers have had access to price books for many years but they were always obliged to prepare their own quantities and extract the relevant priced items from the books in order to prepare an estimate.
This procedure is time-consuming and it is particularly galling when the contractor suspects that the inquiry is not genuine but merely a ruse to check a previously accepted estimate.
So saving in the time spent on frivolous inquiries must benefit the overall efficiency of firms in their pursuit of full order books and profitability.
This book provides detailed costs of projects in addition to setting out analytical unit rates. It is accepted that it is unlikely that the projects selected will be identical in size to those received in actual inquiries but the range of projects covered should enable a contractor to provide a quick and accurate response to an inquiry by making slight adjustments to the examples provided.
A detailed quotation could then be prepared if the client showed interest in the estimate. This should make an appreciable saving in the one commodity that all contractors are short of…time!
I have received a great deal of support in the research necessary for this type of book and I am grateful to those individuals and firms who have provided the cost data and other information.
In particular, I am indebted to Mark Loughrey of Loughrey & Co., Chartered Accountants of Hoylake (tel: 0151–632 3298 or http://www.yesl.uk.com/) who are specialists in advising small businesses.
Their research for the information in the business section is based on tax legislation in force in February 2008. Although every care has been taken in the preparation of the book, neither the publishers nor I can accept any responsibility for the use of the information provided by any firm or individual.
Finally, I would welcome any constructive criticism of the book’s contents and suggestions that could be incorporated into future editions.
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