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How Much Time Estimating Software Saves You

Jason Hook

Head of Sales and Marketing

Aug 26, 2016 8:46:00 AM

The results are in; estimating software is empowering its users to do their job a lot faster.

Estimators using estimating software have gone from spending 75% of their time counting and measuring plans to spending 10% of their time doing so. 

What would you use all that extra time doing?

Below we look at how estimating software like Cubit saves time, money and effort with seamless estimating and 3D takeoff, price lists you can develop and use as templates, job analysis, automatic plan revisions and reporting.

  

Why You Can’t Afford Less

The days of estimating and takeoff being completed with pen and paper are (thankfully) behind us. Today, modern construction businesses of all sizes are saving themselves valuable time, money and effort by using estimating software.

Industry experts say they can’t afford not to.

Author of ‘Profitable Sales, A Contractor’s Guide’, Michael Stone has over 40 years experience in construction. He says “Doing estimates by hand is slow, out of date, inefficient and an irresponsible use of time.”

“Today’s customers want a quote in a timely manner. You can no longer take 10, 15 or 20 days to put an estimate together. The nice folks will go to another contractor to have the job done,” he says.

 

Natural Estimating: Integrated Takeoff and Estimating

Cubit is flexible as it integrates estimating and takeoff in an all-in-one solution, which is why we like to call it ‘Natural Estimating’.

What does this mean for you? 

All the information you need is laid out in one easy-to-understand view, making it up to three times faster than other software packages.

 

Template Price Lists

One of the most powerful features of Cubit is its price lists tool. It allows you to collect pricing information and save them as template price lists for future jobs - saving you time and reducing room for error.

Any updates to template price lists can be pushed into existing estimates, so you always know you’re working with the right information. 

 

Accurate Takeoff and Plan Changes

Good estimating software allows you to trace directly over your imported plans, see elements of your takeoff from any angle in 3D and perform takeoff from PDF, CAD, BIM and image files.

It also lets you overlay plan revisions on existing plans you’ve already taken off. Cubit’s viewport shows you where any differences are so you can update your takeoff to match revisions. 

All changes instantly update your estimate.

  

Save Time With Reports

Reporting is a necessary evil for estimators.

Trade, markup, rate, takeoff and Bills of Quantities reports are easy to generate, print and share with Cubit.

Customise your reports by hiding items you don’t want to share, and export reports in a range of common formats.

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