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5 Signs You Need Estimating Software

Jason Hook

Head of Sales and Marketing

Feb 15, 2017 2:47:01 PM

If you’re struggling with outdated estimating software, relying on traditional methods like writing with pen and paper, or misplacing important reports during archival, read on to hear about five sure signs it’s time to look into upgrading your construction technology. 


1 .Your Current System is Disorganised

Files keep going missing, and your bid papers are scrawled up somewhere under your desk in a ball of disorganisation. Paperwork is easy to leave to the last minute, but construction software helps you stay on top of the workload. Estimating technology for builders creates a streamlined, tailored, and all-in-one approach to the early stages of construction. Archiving can all be done from the desktop, simplifying your file management system, and saving money, paper, and time.

For example, Cubit features a “Job Manager” tool, which acts as an easy access digital filing cabinet, where user store their estimates.


2. You're Wasting Time in the Quotation Stage 

With disorganisation comes poor time management. When preparing a quote, you are more often than not, racing against the clock. Other companies are submitting tenders, and it’s important to get there first, while also making a lasting impression. Construction estimating software makes it easier to stay on schedule while creating your bid, and ensures the work is completed well before the due date. Invest in construction estimating software to give you a head start over your competitors. 

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3. You're Making Costly Errors

If you are losing out on tenders because of errors, it’s time to take a good look at your current procedures. Tender mistakes can be made, from spelling and grammatical errors to forgetting to sign particular sections of documents, and not answering response questions correctly. These inaccuracies put your bid at a direct disadvantage to that of your competitors. Prospective clients will quickly view errors as incompetency, and could even tarnish your reputation. To minimise miscalculations, embrace technology for builders and ensure workflow is error-free. Construction software makes estimating automatic, easy, and updatable.


4. You Guess or Provide Vague Estimates

If your method for calculating estimates involves using a handheld calculator, it’s time to invest in estimating software. As much calculating in your head is a desirable skill in the construction industry, estimating software will eliminate the room for error and save you time to move onto other aspects of the construction process. Prospective clients are able to tell when you have guessed or made a vague estimate. This could be viewed as insulting, lazy, or incompetent. In the changing construction industry, accuracy is key.


5. Your Clients Are Becoming Impatient

If your clients have to email you because they are yet to receive your bid, it’s a sure sign that they are becoming impatient. There’s nothing more damaging to a construction company than losing the approval and trust of your clients. If you find yourself keeping clients waiting, dodging calls, or missing out on bids due to time constraints, that’s a sure sign it’s time to upgrade. 

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