Accurate, Free Estimating Service Valuable Tool for Contractors, Homebuilders

From your dreams to the drawing board, Spahn & Rose expert estimators help make any project become a reality. Contractors and homebuilders rely on Spahn & Rose to provide quick, accurate estimates on complete home builds to additions, decks, garages, sheds, and agricultural buildings.

Experienced estimators, such as Dave Atchison, an estimator based in the Spahn & Rose Dubuque store, use cutting-edge programs to provide detailed estimates of materials and costs. Atchison has been with Spahn & Rose for about two years and has been an estimator for more than 34 years, providing about 8,000 estimates during the course of his career. Spahn & Rose expert estimators like Atchison customize plans to the specific needs of customers, making the most out of any building footprint.

“I like to give people options,” Atchison says. “For new builds or remodeling, it’s very easy to customize estimates for customers. It’s really satisfying to know the customer is happy and the job is sold.”

The first estimate meeting typically last about a half hour and the Spahn & Rose estimator will explain the process and provide an initial estimate. For contractors, this meeting can allow them to more accurately bid on projects. And for homeowners looking to build a new house, the estimating service allows them to generate a total price to be able to approach a bank for financing.

DA pictureFor a 1,800-square-foot house, Atchison can complete an estimate in about four hours. And contractors can use these bids to base labor costs.

During the estimating process, the Spahn & Rose estimator will review details such as door, shingle, and siding styles. Estimates can be done at job sites or in store using the latest, high-tech design programs. And when doing an in-store estimate, customers can visit the showroom to help make decisions on building materials.

“The Spahn & Rose estimating services frees up contractors to go out and do work,” says Mark Johnson, assistant manager at the Osage, Iowa, Spahn & Rose store, who has 26 years of contractor experience before joining Spahn & Rose. “When a contractor uses our estimating service, they don’t have to be in the office and can be out building.”

Because Spahn & Rose estimators have extensive experience in building and estimating projects, contractors can trust the Spahn & Rose estimates to be thorough and accurate estimates. Spahn & Rose estimates usually stay within 10 to 15 percent of estimate.

As another way to assist contractors, Spahn & Rose estimates can be segmented into parts of the building process. For example, Johnson provides estimates in packages, including framing, trusses, siding, and roofing. Contractors receive a spreadsheet with estimates, so they can see how much material is required for which part of the build. These spreadsheets are also handy during the construction process.

“When Spahn & Rose delivers materials to a job site, contractors can use these lists to check off what they’ve received,” Johnson says. “These lists make the contractor’s job much easier.”

Call or visit one of the 24 Spahn & Rose locations to for your free estimate. Spahn & Rose estimating services include the Iowa communities in Bremer County, Clayton County, Marshall County, Grundy County, Clinton County, Dubuque County, Buchanan County, Black Hawk County, Jasper County, Mitchell County, Fayette County, Marion County, Jones County, Howard County, Winneshiek County, Crawford County, and Cedar County. In Illinois, Spahn & Rose serves Stephenson County, Jo Daviess County, and Ogle County. In Wisconsin, estimating services are available in Crawford County.