If you are a client and you want to have an developers app for you or your business, you have to know how much you’re going to spend. That is why it is important that you ask the developers an estimate. There are actually two types of estimates: Rough and Definite. Rough estimates are usually given as a range as the cost of development is still unsure. When a developer gives you a rough estimate, it means that the application that you want might have features that can either be coded easily or it could be difficult to implement depending on how things will turn out. Conversely, a Definite Estimate is an actual value and it is most likely the amount that you will need to pay before you can get your application. This means that the developer knows that they can implement the features that you want in a specific time frame. In other words, they can tell you the exact date when the application will be finished in its entirety. So, on your end, how do you get an estimate of the total cost to create your application? Here are some tips:
1. It’s All About the Features
It really boils down to what features you want to be incorporated in your app. You see, different features would require different lines of code. There are some that only require a few lines while others can take more than 1000 lines. Coding can be really tricky and if you have a mistake with just one line, you have to backtrack and change that line completely to fix things. Developers also have the knack to create different prototypes to see which one works best. Remember, the more features that you want to have, the longer it is to develop and the longer it is to develop, the more expensive it would be.
2. The Experience
The cost of mobile app development can also be attributed to the experience of the developers. A junior developer- one who is still new or has been working for less than 3 years, is going to charge less than a senior programmer. Although that is the case, you still want a good mix of junior and senior programmers. Junior programmers can handle the mammoth workload while the senior developers can just look at everything and fix some things.
3. After-Development Services
When you’re talking to an app development agency, you also have to ask them if they offer after-development services.
Services such as app marketing and continuous support are just some examples. The company who offers such would also mean that they charge higher than the ones who don’t.
There are many factors that can contribute to developers giving estimates about an app creation project. Some of the factors include what features to implement, the experience, and even after-development services. Again, if they give you a rough estimate, it means that the application will not be finished at a specific date. On the other hand, a definite estimate is where you will get the exact cost as well as a target date of completion.