Kitching Electric & Estimating offers an electrical estimating service for other
Electrical Contractors. The best part of outsourcing your electrical
estimation is that it enables you to concentrate on your income producing
work, while we prepare the quote for you.
How our service works
1) You email us all the relevant drawings and specifications for your
2) We will examine the documents and provide you with a rough estimate of
how long the job will take me, and your likely charges.
3) If we are agreed, we will send you an invoice for the estimated full
amount, and you can pay by credit card by sending/phoning our office with
the details, using the button opposite, or by direct deposit.
4) Once payment is received we will start the project.
5) Future work can be conducted on a 7 days nett credit basis, but Kitching
Electric & Estimating will keep any credit card details on file for future
use if the period extends beyond 7 days without payment, or by other
arrangements we may make.
You can provide us with a list of wholesalers you want
to be used for lighting and other incidentals. Also, advise of any preferred
suppliers for switchboards, security etc., if relevant to the project.
We will do all the takeoffs from the drawings, and contact sub trades and
suppliers for their quotations. All this information is collated into a
custom designed spreadsheet, with a worksheet for each particular facet of
The spreadsheet will give you a total cost for the job, including your
labour and materials, which you can then mark up to suit your particular
rates because the spreadsheet is fully adjustable to provide flexibility so
you can add your required markup.
Kitching Electric & Estimating will generally follow recommendations
published by NECA and American estimating publications (where
relevant) for calculating labour, but can integrate any particular rate you
may want to charge.
The spreadsheet will also include the time consuming tender breakdown sheets
included with most specifications.
Once the estimate is complete, we will email you the spreadsheet
As a guide, the price will never be out by more than 25% without first
** Any and all work Kitching Electric & Estimating does for you will be
Electrical estimation services pricing
$77.00 hour inclusive of GST, and that will include up to a 1/2 hour for
full size printing and any phone calls made on your behalf.
A very rough guide is that we can do between $15k and $70k worth of project
cost per hour.
That means a $100k job will take about 2-3hrs @ $77.00 PH, and a $1.8m job
up to around 30 hrs. Smaller jobs are slightly top heavy, in that the actual
data entry and tender forms (if any) can take a fair proportion of the total
hours taken to estimate the job.
These sorts of jobs may take a minimum of around 2 hrs, plus any extras such
as site visits if required. A minimum charge for these will usually be
around 4 hours.
If you're not familiar with spreadsheets we can print and fax, or scan and
email all the info you need from each page.
Australia-wide service is no problem, and we currently service interstate
clients - not just around Sydney.
We don't carry out credit checks on businesses - we prefer to work on trust.
BUT, we will need a street address for your business.
If you need anything within 3 days, or its Friday and you need it Monday
(for example), it probably won't be possible as most reasonable size jobs
need switchboard and lighting prices etc. that take a few days to obtain.
All reasonable efforts are made to prepare the estimates as quickly as
possible, but we can't guarantee your wholesalers and sub trades quotations
will come back in a timely manner. Please note that once the project is
started, you are liable for all time spent on the job. This means that if
the estimate is late and not accepted by a builder, you will still be billed
accordingly, and in full. You must make sure that there is ample time for an
estimate to be completed before engaging the services of Kitching Electric &
By engaging Kitching Electric & Estimating (Dean Kitching), you fully
understand that the information provided by way of spreadsheet and email is
for your use in compiling a full and complying quote.
Whilst all efforts are taken to ensure that all items of labour and
materials are included, it can occasionally happen that something is missed.
It is highly recommended that when using these services you allow ample time
to check the content of emails, spreadsheets etc. for completeness yourself.
No responsibility for monetary loss due to items required, but not included,
will be accepted by Kitching Electric & Estimating (Dean Kitching).
By agreeing to use our services it is implicit that you have read and
understood the above disclaimer.