The key is to know your prices.Thinking of getting into estimating software, any suggestions ?
are take-off programs completely different from estimating programs ?
are there affordable programs that do both ?
which is best for drywall and framing ?
The thing I like about Xactimate is if a certain material spikes suddenly in your area you can submit to them the new price before it is changed quarterly. This software is used by 1000's of insurance contractors all over the US, only a handful of times did the material cost need to be changed (others submit priceing changes too, and they are very fast at verifying it and updateding). Seriously, I have used alot of different estimation software and this is by far the best.The key is to know your prices.
I wouldn't trust the prices in the databases, it is a good way to not forget anything though, and they will get you close.
Like any software garbage in garbage out.
I use UDA construction suite and Quickbooks.
I can set up estimate templates in UDA tailored to my jobs so nothing is left out, and they sync with QB's for invoicing and job costing.
Setting up QB's properly for job costing is the most important part.
After time you will be able to see your actual costs.
Not sure i really understand what you mean by 'there is nothing to estimate'. I'm mainly interested in something that will help speed up the process, at least the mechanical stuff like quantity /linear and sq. footage. (takeoffs).When you understand your business, you will understand that there really is nothing to estimating. I have bid on $3000 to $300,000 projects this way.
((Materials Cost + Direct Labor Cost) * Overhead) * Profit = Price
Well this isn't a sketchy first post...Mark Wright said:The fastest Construction Takeoff Software program I have used allows you to measure quickly and export the dims to Excel, there is a demo of it on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr9fcgwtISU&feature=youtu.be