Calculating takeoff quantities is a critical part of estimating any construction job. Any errors made here can lead to expensive problems as the project continues.

When the wrong amount of materials is ordered it can cause work to slow down or stop, force the need to order another load or worse to pay to have the materials expedited to the construction site.

On the other hand, ordering too much leads to the need to haul the extra away or leave it behind at a loss.

“I have used various estimating programs over the past years and I have found PlanSwift to be an extremely user friendly program. It was easy to get a new user up and running with minimal training down time. After I downloaded the program and with the excellent assistance of Matt Miller in tech support, I was doing takeoffs with plans the very first day. One exceptional feature it has afforded me that I have found invaluable is the ability to work on customer’s reproduced plans that are no longer to scale, which is something many of our sales force have come to rely on. Since that first day, the program and all its many facets have increased my efficiency and productivity in estimating and completing material takeoffs across the board. Add to this the economical cost factor of the program as compared to other programs which are much more expensive and require additional ‘hardware’ and much more training, it goes without saying this program pays for itself in short order. I would and do highly recommend this program to other estimators with large or small companies, you will be surprised and amazed at what it can do for your profitability and efficiency.”-Stock Building Supply / Bill Wise

The only thing worse is ordering too much of some items and too few of others, putting you with the need to order more and then leave some materials behind.

Either way producing the wrong takeoff quantities is a serious issue. An issue that can easily affect the profitability of a job.

“Last November I needed to make a decision about which paperless takeoff system to use for my estimating company. I had reviewed [the competition] several times over a three year period, and even installed the demo on my computer. I could never bring myself to make the purchase. I then searched the Internet for on screen estimating systems and found yours. After a brief conversation with you, I downloaded and installed the demo. The difference was immediately recognizable. The program is visually appealing, and intuitive to use. The zoom and pan controls took only a few moments to get used to, and quickly became completely natural. All of the features needed to do takeoff off of both “spots and dots” and linear items took seconds to learn. For those who need good organizational tools for your takeoffs (that would be me), Planswift is also a hit. I am quite pleased with the programs abilities in this area. I have also been quite satisfied with your technical support. I tend to push software packages to the max, always looking for better ways to do things and advanced program capabilities. The tech support staff has never let me down. And finally, the price. A superior product with great tech support for less money. How can you lose?”-Carr Consulting Services / Steve Carr

This is why PlanSwift is so popular with builders around the world. With assembly based estimating and takeoffs accurate quantities can be determined in great accuracy. Simply create assemblies ahead of time, or while working and add them to selected areas. PlanSwift will do the calculations and produce an accurate report of all the materials you need and in what quantities. You can also add markup and us the reports for bidding.

“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

PlanSwift is the leader in the industry because it is the best at producing quick, easy and accurate estimates and takeoffs. If you are not already using this software you can download a free trial here to see how well it will work for you.