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Estimating

  • 0600Loughead

    Making the Switch to Steel

    Lumber price swings and declining quality convinced this California production builder to try framing with steel. Now, seven years later, he’s not looking back.

     
  • Kitchen & Bath: Quick Cabinet Quotes

    A simple system for quick cabinet estimates

     
  • Computer Solutions: Streamlined Spreadsheet Estimating

    Quick Bid 2000 review

     
  • Strictly Business: Charging for Estimates

    Charging for estimates not an end in itself

     
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    Bidding Errors To Avoid

    Taking shortcuts when preparing contracts, job specs, and estimates could cost you your profit margin. A seasoned contractor tells how to avoid typical pitfalls.

     
  • Strictly Business: Simple Job-Costing

    A simple approach to job-costing

     
  • Strictly Business: Clients and Their Budgets

    Nailing down the budget with prospective clients

     
  • Computer Solutions: Visual Estimating

    A visual estimating program

     
  • Unit-Pricing Pitfalls

    Estimating by the square foot saves time, but sacrifices accuracy unless you're careful. We explain how the shape of the structure affects the square-foot price of everything from framing to finishes.

     
  • Computer Solutions: Seven Steps to Buying Software

    Tips for buying basic software

     
  • Resources

    Estimating basics, laminate countertop primer, roofing material spec book

     
  • JLC Online

    Using PT plywood as subflooring, dust-free drywall finish-ing, quick drywall takeoff

     
  • Choosing Estimating Software

    The sheer number and variety of estimating programs make it difficult to find a good fit at the right price. This overview of ten representative packages will help you pick the features you need at a price you can afford.

     
  • Legal Adviser: The Half-Priced Contractor

    Underbid by half? What now?

     
  • Strictly Business: An Estimating Checklist

    An estimating checklist

     
  • Answers to Ten Tough Business Questions

    We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Charging for Estimates & Design

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Price Shopping

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Low-Cost Marketing

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: What To Delegate First

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
 
 
 
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