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How Much will this cost?
Wow! This is a common problem that befuddles many a perspective siteowner. There is actually a straightforward solution, although it will take a few phone calls or possibly some field trips. If you did so-so in grade school math, it will really be a breeze.
The first thing you need to do is to create your own web budget. This is the amount of money you can afford to spend on your new web site. .
As crazy as this sounds, I would not use this number as my building budget. Surprises, cost overruns and price increases can create financial hardships during a design and building project. I suggest you add 10 percent slush fund to cover contingencies. This means that you should multiply your not-to-exceed number by 90 percent to arrive at your building budget.
One method of determining realistic amounts for different allowances is to break the cost of the entire wesite down into its separate parts. Each aspect of building a new wesite can be represented as a fraction or percentage of the total cost. As work progresses on your new site, you can assign a value to each completed component.
For example, picture scanning and a e-commerce option may equal 20 percent of the total structure cost. Information pages and history pages may represent approximately 2 percent. Setting up all of the e-mail accounts could amount to 1 percent of the total cost of the project.
Using the list and your actual building budget, begin to do the math to see what you can spend in the different areas or to see our web designer has assigned allowances that are realistic. You may discover that his allowances are low for some reason.
Remember that the more time spent on various aspects of the site will always lead to delays and cost overages ina aany area. Labor to install many allowance type items can consume up to 30 percent of the total cost you arrive at. Be sure to keep this in mind as you start to make product selections.
An initial consultation is free of charge. We may be able to provide a rough estimate of the projected cost of your web site at this time. However, detailed specifications are necessary in order to provide an accurate, firm estimate. So, after the initial consultation, we usually need to spend more time exchanging information and working out a set of specifications before we can provide an estimate.
If you decide to go forward after the initial consultation, we'll proceed with this Proposal Development Phase, and gather enough information from discussions with you to prepare a detailed, written Agreement/Estimate. If you decide to go forward and work with us, fees paid during the Proposal Development Phase are applied to total fees for the project. If you don't go forward with us, you have a detailed written specification for your project to take away.