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Estimating Project Costs, Manage Constructions in Florida


When building or renovating your home, the budget will often determine all aspects of the project. People often make the mistake of only considering construction costs when planning their project. However there are a number of other costs to consider. All our construction consultants with years of experience operating in South Florida will include an educated approximation of all incidental costs in quoting a construction project.


Building permits

Most municipalities have a sliding scale for the building permit fees based on the value of construction. For example: $5 per $1,000 of construction up to $10,000, $6 per $1,000 of construction between $10,000 and $20,000 etc. $5000 for construction value of $100,000 and up. Plumbing and electrical permits may be additional to this.


Elevation Surveys

Most municipalities require an elevation survey by a legal surveyor to determine the elevations of the grade at the corners of the lot and the corners of the house. This will determine the setting out point for the building height. The survey also locates pins used for construction and locates existing buildings if any. This determines zoning set back requirements.
$1000 to $4000 depending on the number points surveyed.


Consulting Fees

Architectural fees may range from 5 to 26 per cent of the construction budget depending on the level of service required and the size and complexity of the project. All building permit work also requires a structural engineer. There is a fee for design and for inspections of formwork and framing.

$1000 – $8,000 depending on the size and complexity of the project

Some municipalities require a geotechnical engineer to provide documents. This will determine the capacity of the soil to hold up the building as well as the foundation design $300 - $1,000



Don't forget taxes on all consulting fees and construction fees and costs.



You should carry a 10 to 20 per cent contingency amount for changes in the work. There will be changes. Omissions from the drawings, items or upgrades added during construction, surprises under the soil.
$10,000 minimum


Appliances and furniture

Appliances and furniture are typically not included in the construction costs and are supplied and installed by the owner.


Living costs

If renovating you may have to live somewhere else while under construction. This can be anywhere from two to six months.


Demolition costs

If renovating, you will likely have to demolish part or all of an existing building. Costs are incurred for labor, bin rental and transport and disposal fees.
$2,500 and up depending on the size of the site.


Construction costs

A general approximation rule for South Florida is to allow from $100 to $300 per square foot for construction costs.




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