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5 Things to consider when evaluating estimating software

A key element of any successful construction business is accurate estimating, allowing you to anticipate all of your costs and ensure profitability. The problem is that estimating is time consuming and often labour intensive, where errors can add up and have a.....

Estimating Software for Builders: 5 Things to Consider

Jason Hook

Head of Sales and Marketing

May 22, 2017 7:26:00 AM

If you’re struggling to decide whether or not to start using estimating software, this post is for you.

Anyone who has ever tried to change an old habit or start using a new program can attest to this fact: change can be difficult, even when the changes are largely positive. It takes time to get used to a program, and during that time, you might feel that you’re less productive and more frustrated. 

Therefore, the key to making a decision to change an important aspect of your business is to evaluate whether or not the change will have a long-term positive effect. Will it help you to gain new clients? Will it save you time? Will it make you more money? If so, the change is probably worth it.

We’ve put this post together in an effort to help you carefully consider whether estimating software is right for you.

 

Estimating Software for Builders

1. How You’re Currently Estimating

As you consider whether or not to use estimating software for your construction projects, think about how you do your estimating now. If you use manual spreadsheets, calculators, scale rules, and tape measures, it should only take one look at your competitors to see how much time and money modern estimating software can save you. 

2. What You Could Do with More Time

With the right software, you can significantly decrease the amount of time you spend estimating. Instead of spending 75% of their time on-site and calculating plans, estimators can drop that percentage down to 10%. Think of what you could do with your time freed up to pursue other contracts or work on other projects. 

3. How You Can Improve Accuracy

In addition to saving you time, estimating software can improve your accuracy. You’re competing with other professionals, and if you make mistakes in your numbers, you may lose out on contracts. Estimating software can help you to accurately calculate labour costs and quantities of materials, leading to accurate overall prices. 

4. How You Can Be More Consistent

Estimating software can also help you to be more consistent in your estimating by allowing for comparisons between similar products, timeframes, and cost-cutting measures. Reliable consistency can give your business a reputation for being trustworthy and dependable. 

5. How You Can Increase Professionalism

Have you considered the professionalism of your current estimating process? With estimating software, you can produce professional and accurate estimates, every time. You can be confident that calculations are accurate and thorough, and this will help you to maximise efficiency and profits. 

Some estimating software systems like Cubit also have the power to build various custom professional reports for you and your clients.

 

Free Trial of Estimating Software

Many construction organisations want to try estimating software before they make a purchase, and we highly recommend this practice. By trying out the software, you can ask informed questions, learn about the capabilities of the program, and see how it will work for your business. 

Start enjoying the benefits of estimating software today with a free trial of Cubit.

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