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Estimate Versus BOQ in Interior Design


Estimate V/s BOQ in Interior Design

Estimate Versus BOQ in Interior Design

There is a fundamental distinction between an estimate and Bill of Quantities (BOQ), two crucial components shaping the financial landscape of interior planning.

Navigating the intricacies of interior design involves a critical understanding of financial aspects, especially when choosing a designer for your project. BOQ is often presented only after the finalization of design process which follows after you have already hired a designer. So how do you get clarity of financials before you hire a designer?

This blog aims to explain the role of each of these statements and where they ensue in the interior design process.


What is a BOQ or Billing of Quantities in Interior Design?


In interior design, the overall scope of work is often overwhelming. Designers use their own methods to break down and categorize each task based on specifications and quantities. This process is customized for each client and project, taking time and attention to detail to create a "Billing of Quantities" (BOQ). Preparing a BOQ requires clear understanding of materials and quantities, with rates double-checked through various quotes before finalizing and submitting the document to you. This meticulous process can take days or weeks, considering the fluctuating nature of rates and prices.


When is BOQ Prepared in the Interior Design Process?

In the interior design hierarchy, a BOQ is provided after the design plan, including materials and quantities, is approved. The design process itself involves creating 2D and 3D layouts, requiring significant time, effort, and cost. This can only begin after finalizing a designer or agency and paying the associated fees.


So, What is a Block Estimate, Why it is needed and When is it Prepared?

The need for clients to gauge potential budgetary requirements for their interior work in initial stages persists. Experienced designers adeptly provide accurate estimates, often referred to as BLOCK ESTIMATE, factoring in total area and scope of work. This preliminary stage often includes a brief discussions on materials, functional and aesthetic requirements, budget constraints and visual representations through mood boards, on the basis of which designers arrive at a tentative figures for a give project.

Once you're satisfied with the estimate and the terms for variations in the final BOQ, releasing the specified advance or fees allows your designer to proceed with site visits and measurements, marking the beginning of your interior project with final design plan.





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