How to do estimating for construction

Estimating for construction should be fast, easy and accurate.  However, most of the time it isn’t.  We choose not to use the right tools for the job.  Luckily, there is a great tool available now in the way of software.

To show you how to quickly, and accurately do estimating for construction read on.

The first step is to digitize you current plans, if not already done.  (So far, you can’t just show your plans to a computer and have it work with them.  But maybe soon.)  You can do this by scanning your paper document.

If you already have your plans in a digital format or if you have now converted it, you are ready to go to the next step.

I will use PlanSwift in this example because they are the best and easiest to learn software.

The second step here is to start marking estimates.  You can calculate areas, linear, segments and counts with just a click of the mouse.

For area, select the area tool from PlanSwift’s main menu tab.  Select the area, the program can even work around curves or allow you freehand if you want.  The program makes it easy to color code different areas for easy reference later.

Linear estimates can be done in much the same way, just use the PlanSwift linear estimating tool.  Segments and counts can be done just as easily.

That is it, you have now completed your construction job estimating.  With the color coding you can provide customers with different estimates with just a couple more click.