There are many cost in construction calculations that need to be done and using takeoff and estimating software is a great way to do it. These programs will save you loads of hours over the course of even your first year.
These timesavings alone will pay for your investment in the software. Making you look like a super star.
Beyond the timesavings you will experience you will also see an increase in the accuracy of your work. You must admit there is a great chance for errors to creep in to your work when you are estimating by hand and calculator.
“PlanSwift is an accurate and efficient means for taking off and estimating in today’s market. You are able to use several downloads and formats from web based sites to input into PlanSwift to create estimates. I have used this program side by side with several different softwares and compared it to the digitized information as contractors usually use and have found that the margin of accuracy was at most 2% difference from alternate methods. In today’s market every quantity counts and your accuracy is the biggest ally you have when pricing these jobs. I would strongly recommend PlanSwift to anyone in the construction or estimating market, and have.”-Dubose Construction Company LLC / Nathan Edwards
Even using an excel spreadsheet only helps the numbers along slightly. There is still too great a chance errors will happen, in either the measuring, or the transferring to numbers to the spreadsheet.
However, with PlanSwift everything is done for you. Once a page is scaled, or auto-scaled if you want, all measurements are automatically and added to the proper formulas. There is never a need to worry about the numbers being transposed wrong.
“I wanted to write you and express my feelings about PlanSwift. When I first found an advertisement for PlanSwift in a construction journal, I thought ,” great “, another estimating software. I have tried similar products in the past, and nothing has really stuck. Either too complicated, setup takes too long or moving through the platform has not improved my speed. I have always resorted back to hard line drawings which I am more comfortable with. I started to close the journal, when I noticed there was a free trial. That’s when I spent the time to go on the website and I learned a lot more. The video instructions that you supplied were better than any higher priced software that I used before. I was up and running in one night. Since the free trial and your support, I have purchased it. It is very reasonable. I have increased my efficiency in producing bids and I think that is improving as I have the time to watch the videos. I am not being solicited to write this letter, I just wanted to tell you and a few old timers that might see this, that this software is very (very!) user friendly. Thanks again for your support, Best Regards.”-Tedco Corp. / Ted Lewis
It is this amount of timesavings and accuracy increase that has caused so many contractors to get an advantage by using PlanSwift.