How many times have you heard … RSMeans costs are “too high” or “too low”? …. You can’t use RSMeans for replacement value?
RSMeans is the “Bible” for most, if not all, experienced and successful cost estimators. RSMeans is an excellent cost basis to derive construction/replacement, renovation, repair, and maintenance values. Proper adjustments in forming an estimate based up localized experience, conditions, and knowledge can then be applied to supplement the cost information.
The U.S. Government (among others: higher education, K-12 school systems, state/local governments, private industry) uses RSMeans as a the primary basis for contract payments, budgets, and replacement cost estimates.