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Most contractors are experts at their craft, not at evaluating estimating software. This article provides the framework to help contractors understand what factors to take into consideration and what questions to ask before choosing an estimating software.
Many contractors will make the mistake of buying software based on price alone. But similar to the construction trade, the lowest price doesn’t always mean the best quality or performance. Estimating software is an investment in the success of the business and the following areas should be taken into consideration before making a decision on which product to purchase.
One of the most important skills needed to run a successful contracting business is the ability to prepare accurate project estimates. If a contractor’s estimates aren’t accurate, there is a risk of losing money on the project.
Developing a precise project estimate requires attention to detail and should adhere to the best practices of the industry. Estimators have told us that following these six steps will help ensure that estimates are accurate and on point for every project.