unknown@wiki ESL Podcast 236 – An On-Site Estimate

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I work for a building contractor and I spend most of my workday giving on-site estimates. I mainly go to people’s homes, discuss the work they want done, inspect the site, and give them a quote.
building contractor 建築業者

Quote 見積もり


Robert: You want to expand your kitchen, is that right?

Abigail: Yes, with our growing family, we need more room.

Robert: It looks like it’s about 200 square feet right now. You want to double the size?

Abigail: That’s the idea, but I want to get it done quickly,
say within two months. Is that possible?
Say : for example, about, perhaps

【他動-3 仮に~だとしたら
Say you were prime minister--what would you do? 君が総理大臣だとしたら、どうする


Robert: Well, we’ve finished jobs like this before in under three months, but that’s without any delays. Sometimes getting the exact materials the client wants or finding structural problems that don’t appear until we start work can set us back.
Set back【句動-2 (計画などを)遅らせる
The chilly weather we had yesterday set back my work schedule. 昨日の肌寒い天気のせいで、仕事のスケジュールが遅れた。


Abigail: That’s my greatest fear. I’m afraid of delays and
cost overruns.

Robert: Well, we try to be upfront with our clients by giving them a
breakdown of the costs of the materials and labor involved in the project. We also give them a schedule of when the work will be completed. You’ll get a detailed estimate in writing, at no charge and with no obligation.

Breakdown: リスト、detailed list

Abigail: How long does it take to get the estimate?

Robert: We usually mail or fax the estimate within two days.

Abigail: That’s great. Let me tell you exactly what we have in mind...