An imperative task on any construction job is to get the project cost estimate done accurately and quickly. With today’s building environment nothing less can a tolerated.

Gone are the days of just a couple years ago when people would wait to get estimates and feel lucky when they got them, understanding builders had a backlog of work. When this was the case contractors could afford to take a week or two to finish a cost estimation, if the buyer were to walk away, who cared, there where ten others to take the place.

“Working with the PlanSwift Software, along with the PlanSwift team has been a positive experience from the beginning. The program is easy to use, with a minimal learning curve, allowing our team to be productive right from the start. It’s allowed us to set up a standardized takeoff procedure which has greatly reduced our costs and improved our overall efficiency. PlanSwift is completely customizable, giving us the ability to cater to our customer’s specific needs. The program is well worth exploring.”-84 Lumber / Steve Gorman

Coming back to present day and all that is gone. Now the builders are lining up to get jobs and the owner will no longer handle waiting for estimates to be delivered. It is thought builders are slow so should have plenty of time to get bids back quickly.

On top of this demand is the need to estimate more jobs. With more competition, few jobs, and more projects failing to break ground contractors are finding they need to do more estimates to get the same amount of work as before.

“After discovering that online take off software existed, I quickly discovered a couple a companies that rose to the top of my interest. One company had what seemed like an outstanding program, lots of bells and whistles, an incredible product, but did not offer any one on one tutorials to really show the possibilities of the product as well as the “how to do that” insight. It had lots of time consuming videos which were somewhat helpful, but still left me with a lot of frustration and unanswered questions. For a product that was listing for around 00, I would “feel” better about spending that kind of money if someone really took the time to show me how that investment would benefit my particular trade/business. That’s exactly what PlanSwift did. The day after I downloaded their free trial, they had someone call me to schedule a one on one tutorial. The tutorial was amazing. It went for almost an hour, and I had most of my questions answered. I got to see different ways that this program could be useful to my takeoff procedure, things I would not have thought of on my own. The tutor was very patient, bright, and knowledgeable about the software. The fact that it costs about a third of the other company’s product helped my decision to purchase PlanSwift, but I have to tell you that the TUTORIAL is what won me over. Excellent customer support and a better price. What more can I say? It’s a great product, with a great foundation that can be built upon to grow and become better and better for years to come”-Logic Electric / Kyong Chang

All of this leading to the need to work more hours than possible just to breakeven and pay the bills.

So what is a contractor to do?

One option would be to start using construction estimating software to help with project costs. These programs can reduce the time involved in estimating to a tenth of what it takes to do by hand. Or put another way contractors could finish ten estimates in the time it would have taken to finish just one.

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