With production rates, example---power sanding claps--25-50 sq ft an hour, caulking 1/8 opening---75-100 lf an hr. Only you know what your production rates are.how or do you use these programs effectively on resto's/repaints, pertaining to exteriors.shaving,sanding,spot prime,caulking,re-glazing etc..
are they just for painting kind of like books in the automotive industry,do you still have to plug in YOUR own estimated hrs for such above things?how exactly do they work?
it seems like the last tool a paint contractor should have/need!
I have it, but material ratio is nuts..............does not match up with labor.cprsoft.com........I just found this on google (paintcostestimater) and this little prgram seems to be awsome!! I downloaded the free trail version and playing with it over the last hour.
thinkWith production rates, example---power sanding claps--25-50 sq ft an hour, caulking 1/8 opening---75-100 lf an hr. Only you know what your production rates are.
Those were just examples there are many benifits to an estimating program. I have rates built in for everything you said, been estiaming repaints for over 30 yrs. Order the PDCA estimating guide or Dan Gleaseons estimaing repaint book from 25 yrs ago.think
so its just the ease of being able to plug in YOUR own production #'s into a computer??you have a 100% differential for sanding,and caulking wtf?are you sealing horizontals!my cheap printed grid does just the same w/o making me look too overpriced when walking around the house with a laptop or pda, if my estimate is the highest bid!on more than 90% of my jobs i have a change order,and im usually expensive!but that thing might make you look like your going over board.also how does the program figure ladder moves for each stage of the process???i make four eyeball trips around the property for prep and reglaze,prime,caulk,and finish,all taking ladder moves into consideration.then i add 1hr for setup/cleanup for each day im there going by man hrs capable of working .shutters vary by, prep old or paint&hang new ,but still get worked into total man hrs.i dont make/expect any actual pure profit just MY man hrs covered to get the job done right! i guess im just a newbie old schooler?
i have'nt ever used one of these programs,but it seems like just another money maker,possibly for contractors,but mostly for the software engineers!i cant type me shakin my head!!!