3 Things Your Tunnel Cost Estimate Should Include

Posted on: 13 September 2017

If you need a tunnel built for business purposes, you are going to want to obtain a couple of different estimates or quotes from a few companies. When you look at those quotes, you are going to want to keep an eye out for the cost and quality of materials, the labor costs, and the project timeline:

#1 Quality of Materials

The first thing you need to pay attention to is the cost and quality of materials when comparing quotes. Look and see what materials are listed as needed for the project. Each proposal should include roughly the same amount of material. If one project seems to list less material or more material, be sure to question that contractor on how they can complete the job with less material or why they need more material to complete the job. There may be a perfectly acceptable reason for the discrepancy you see.

Be sure to also find out about the quality of the material. When building a tunnel, you never want to skimp on the quality of the material. You want to make sure that the best material that will last the longest and meets any environmental standards you need to meet is used for the project.

#2 The Labor Costs

Second, you need to look at the labor costs that you are being charged. The labor costs should be broken down. You should be able to clearly see the different types of workers that will be needed for the project as well as how much they will be paid per hour.

On such a large project, there should be multiple divisions of labor as many different types of labors are going to be needed on the project. Any overtime fees that could be incurred should also be clearly listed and noted within the estimate.

#3 Project Timeline

Finally, make sure that any estimate that you are given for digging a tunnel includes a project timeline. The project timeline should include a potential start date if you pick their bid. It should also include a breakdown of how long each phase of the project will take. You should be able to clearly see how the project breaks down by looking at the estimate.

This will allow you to see how long each company thinks it will take to complete this project. Depending on your needs to have the project complete, the timelines of when a company can start the project and finish it may be more important than the overall cost of the project.

When looking at a tunnel cost estimate for a project, be sure to compare the quality of materials, the labor costs and the project timeline presented by each company when choosing the best bid for your project. 

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