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How Long Do Builders Take to Quote

How long builders take to quote can depend on a variety of factors related to the project you are hiring them for. In most cases, you can expect to get your quote after one or two weeks. However, in some situations, you might have to wait three weeks or even a month before you hear back from your builders.

Standard cases

Usually, builders don’t need more than 10-14 days to prepare a quote for a standard project. As long as you approach them with the full documentation prepared and organized, you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get a result. This also depends on when you contact the builders. For example, if there’s a holiday coming up, or it’s a busier period of the year, they might have more work waiting to be processed. In that case, you can expect additional delays.

Exceptional cases

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If your project is more complicated, it can take several weeks to receive a quote for it. For some projects, this can take more than a month. This commonly happens with projects that involve multiple builders who need to coordinate with each other about how the project will be implemented.

If you’re planning a more unusual project, this is another factor that can result in a longer waiting time for your initial quote. Complex extensions are a common example. Those usually involve cross-referencing legal documentation, which can add a lot of overhead to the builders’ work.

Understanding VAT and Paying Builders

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When receiving quotes from builders, it's essential to understand the role of VAT (Value Added Tax) in the pricing. Builders usually charge VAT on labour and materials, which can significantly impact the overall cost of your project. Some quotes may be presented without VAT, so it's crucial to clarify whether the given quote includes VAT or not. This will help you make a more informed decision when comparing quotes and paying builders.

How to Minimize Your Waiting Time

If you want to ensure you get your quote as fast as possible, make sure to have everything lined up before you contact the builder. This includes documentation related to the project, quotes from other builders, and information about VAT charges on labour and materials.

If there are any intricate legal details involved in the project, you should sort these out before approaching your builder as well. This will provide them with a solid foundation to work on and will simplify the process of preparing a quote for you.


Clara Annesley

Clara Annesley is an interior design and construction content writer. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design Technology from the University of West London. Clara specialises in residential construction for topics like health & safety, architectural design and writing cost guides for renovation and remodelling projects.