“I have a mate that is an electrical contractor and he was telling me that he spent 3 weeks pricing a £200,000 job by hand, I told him that with my estimating & pdf take off software I started a £700,000 job yesterday and finished it today!”
Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re not using estimating software to put together your quotes and tenders. If you’re like most tradesmen in the construction, electrical or landscaping industries, you still do your takeoffs by hand.
There’s the printing of the plans, finding a quiet corner of the office or your house to spread out a few A1 and A0 sheets and the grabbing of the highlighters. Not to mention the hours of counting, checking and totalling.
Then once that’s done, you’ve got to drop all those quantities into a spreadsheet so you can actually price the job up.
It wouldn’t be so bad if those hours spent on the estimate were guaranteed to turn into paid work, but we all know most quotes don’t bring any money in.
So why not get someone else to do it? Someone who can count quicker, never gets distracted and who only needs to be paid a couple of pence per day.
Or not someone. Some thing. Like our RapidQuote quantity surveying software.
Instead of sending the plans to the printer, run them through our program. In just a few minutes it’ll scale, count, colour and take off your quantities and give you a simple, easy-to-update spreadsheet. In go your suppliers’ prices, and out comes an accurate estimate.
That’s all there is to it. Take off? Done. Estimating? Done. Quote? Ready. Time? Saved.