Construction contractor can make swift work of takeoffs and estimates when they employ the right tools. The tools allow people to get more done in less time, and improve the quality of the work.
Imagine digging the foundation to a house with a shovel…how well would it go? It would take a long time and the quality of the work would be poor. This is because a shovel in not the right tool for digging foundations.
Doing takeoffs and estimates is the same way. You can do them by hand, with high lighters and calculator, but it is going to take a long time, and the quality of the work will not be the best possible.
Just like with the shovel there was a time when there were no other real options, either there wasn’t a tool to do the job or it cost more than could be afforded.
“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
Luckily, now that is not the case, you can get the tools to dig a foundation in just about any town. It is even cheaper now to use the tool than the labor that would be needed to dig by hand.
PlanSwift is the tool for takeoffs and estimates you should be trying. It is available right here and the cost of program is less than the cost of your time to do estimates by hand. PlanSwift can easily cut your estimating time in half and could reduce it by 90%.
The industrial age changed the mechanical tools for building, now the information age is changing the estimating tools.
Do you plan to be one of those people who moves forward or do still like digging foundations with a shovel.
General Contractor Takeoff & Estimating Software
General Contractors know the key to profitability is having accurate estimates for everything from electrical to concrete work. PlanSwift is the right tool to efficiently and quickly calculate costs and potential profits for the General Contractor. PlanSwift is the #1 takeoff and estimating software for the construction industry.
Time and materials are prime metrics for most jobs. With PlanSwift you eliminate manual plan takeoffs and drastically reduce the chance of miscalculating materials or missing items. You can download electronic plans right from the plan room or import plans using industry standard formats. It’s time to put away those rulers and highlighters automate your estimating.
With PlanSwift you view, measure and markup plans right on your computer. With a minimum of training you can use PlanSwift to calculate anything from drywall materials to gallons of paint required. You quickly measure square footage, perimeters and volumes of simple or complex areas. Plus you save precious time by eliminating repetitive work throughout the job cycle.
PlanSwift is backed by a staff of seasoned estimators who can quickly show you how this advanced application works with your planning process. PlanSwift imports all popular digital plan formats from scanned images to AutoCAD files, and outputs your estimates directly to Excel or your estimating application.