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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Who uses our services?
  2. What is the cost of your services?
  3. Is there a percentage for us to figure how much your services will cost?
  4. Do you just do takeoffs?
  5. How do you figure material costs when you are in Nebraska?
  6. Can you just do separate divisions?
  7. What do I have to do to get an estimate?
  8. Are you responsible for your estimate?
  9. How do I know that I will receive an accurate estimate?
  10. What estimating system do you use?
  11. How long does it take to get an estimate?
  12. Can you do check estimates?
  13. What kind of jobs have you done?
  14. What is the largest job size?
  15. What is the smallest job size?
  16. In what part of the US have you performed work?
  17. How long have you been estimating?
  18. Can I get the job in a spreadsheet form?
  19. Do we have to pay you if we don’t get the job?
  1. Who uses our services?
    ESTIMATING
    Contractor/ Subcontractor
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    Architect/ Engineer
    Attorney
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    Bid Estimates
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    Cost Studies
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    Estimate / Bid Evaluations
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    CPM SCHEDULING Contractor/ Subcontractor Owner Architect/ Engineer Attorney
    Pre-Construction
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    Construction
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    Periodic Updates
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    As-Built
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    Retrospective
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    EXPERT SERVICES Contractor/ Subcontractor Owner Architect/ Engineer Attorney
    Arbitration
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    Claims Evaluation & Preparation
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    PROJECT CONTROL SERVICES Contractor/ Subcontractor Owner Architect/ Engineer Attorney
    Constructability Reviews  
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    Costs & Schedule Changes
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    Productivity Analysis
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    Project Evaluation
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    CONSTRUCTION
    CONSULTING
    Contractor/ Subcontractor Owner Architect/ Engineer Attorney
    Management Consulting
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    Proposal Preparation / Evaluation
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    Estimating & Bidding Practices
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  2. What is the cost of your services?

    The cost of our service depends entirely on the size and type of the project.  In order to provide you with a firm price quote, it is imperative that we see your plans and specifications.  Our estimators will then analyze the plans and specifications to provide you with a firm price quote and a time frame on how long it will take for us to do the estimate.

    If you know how many plans or the approximate dollar value, we can present you with an approximate range over the phone.  It is important to remember that this is merely an estimated range. The only way to ensure an accurate quote is to provide sufficient documents and information to our experts.  Tempest Company’s website has our price guide in order to provide you with a guideline.
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  3. Is there a percentage for us to figure how much your services will cost?

    No - We review the number of plans or use the dollar value of the job to determine the cost. Once your information is received, we are then able to decipher how much time is needed for us to do the estimate and will provide you with a firm price quote.
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  4. Do you just do takeoffs?

    No - It is possible to provide you solely with takeoff information, however we are also able to provide labor and material pricing as well.  We cover all 16 divisions or just the specific divisions you need. No matter which you choose it is our mission to present you with a very thorough takeoff. In addition, we perform estimates for design build from schematic or narratives as well as providing scheduling and construction litigation claim services.Estimating Capabilities

  5. How do you figure material costs when you are in Nebraska?

    Material pricing is based on supplier list prices and reference sources. Prices are based upon a pricing service with discounts applied. Large quantity/dollar items should be verified with your local vendor. The client must then confirm pricing. There are very few cost variations for materials throughout the U.S.  Of course, there are always exceptions to this.

  6. Can you just do separate divisions?

    Yes - Our estimates are generated to your needs. Our estimators can perform an estimate on any specific division that you need or the entire project depending on your requirements. 

  7. What do I have to do to get an estimate?

    Send us your plans and specifications.  We will thoroughly review the information given and within 24 hours provide you with a firm price quote as well as the turnaround time for our services.

  8. Are you responsible for your estimate?

    We use experienced estimators and have an exceptional client repeat rate of over 80%.  We are unable to provide you with a 100% guarantee or warranties on any project estimate. After the estimate leaves our office we do not have any control over the project.  Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that you will be the lowest bidder on your project.  We are also unable to guarantee that you will generate a profit.

  9. How do I know that I will receive an accurate estimate?

    We have been in business over 30 years and have acquired a client repeat rate of 80%.  At Tempest Company our professionals always strive to provide an accurate estimate to our clients. Our experienced estimators feel that it is our business to provide each client with reliable estimates.

  10. What estimating system do you use?

    Tempest Company has developed our own estimating system called Construction Reporting System. It is a customized system for projects that require one or more divisions. This allows us to provide you with a hardcopy print as well as an electronic spread sheet version of our estimate.  Other systems that we use include Paydirt for earthwork takeoff and Electrical Bid Manager for electrical jobs.

  11. How long does it take to get an estimate?

    The time allotted to provide our clients with an estimate depends on the job; usually it takes one to two weeks on smaller jobs and four to six weeks on larger jobs.  Each project will have a firm turnaround time to meet your needs as well as a quoted price for our services. We will get it to you promptly, therefore providing you with enough time to review the information and get quotes on major material and equipment purchases. One of the many benefits of using Tempest Company is that we do not have the distractions that an estimator at a construction company has, therefore providing our clients with our undivided attention. In our over 30 years in business we have never missed a deadline.

  12. Can you do check estimates?

    Yes - We do check estimates for all divisions.

  13. What kind of jobs have you done?

    At Tempest Company we have performed estimates, scheduling, and many other services for virtually all kinds of jobs.  In order to give you a better understanding of our past job history here is just a few past jobs – Commercial, Industrial, Wastewater Treatment Plants, Power Plants, Hospitals, Schools, Bridges, and many others.  For a complete list of our job types click on Representative Projects on the home page of our website or request a FREE brochure. Representative Geography

  14. What is the largest job size?

    The largest job size that Tempest Company has ever worked on totaled over four billion dollars.

  15. What is the smallest job size? 

    Although we believe that no job is too small, currently our smallest job size was approximately two to three thousand dollars.

  16. In what part of the US have you performed work?

    We have worked on projects in fifty states and performed various services for projects located in countries all over the world.

  17. How long have you been estimating?

    Tempest Company has been in the construction consulting business since 1981, granting our company over 30 years of excellence in our field.

  18. Can I get the job in a spreadsheet form?

    Yes - It is Tempest Company’s procedure to provide clients with an estimate on a standard Excel spreadsheet.

  19. Do we have to pay you if we don’t get the job?

    Yes - We do not “invest” in outside company operations nor do we want a percent of what we “save” you, etc. We would like to remind you that Tempest Company does not get a bonus if you get the job.