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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.
Estimating Help Wanted! Wouldn’t it be nice if it was that easy to find an estimator? Just hang the sign out and have qualified people lined up? Finding the right person can be a challenging and time-consuming process but it is critical for the continued success and profitability of your business.
So you’ve hired a new estimator but they don’t have any experience? What were you thinking? It was too hard to find someone with experience? Yes. Often it is hard.
There are advantages and disadvantages to hiring someone with no experience. An advantage is that you have a fresh mind—one that is trainable and can learn your business processes and the way you like to prepare estimates. At the same time, that lack of experience can be a disadvantage because of the ramp-up period and learning curve.