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Estimating

  • 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.

     
  • Q&A: Finding & Keeping Good Help

    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: Subcontractor Tips

    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: Supplier Takeoffs

    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 Jobs to Bid

    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: Profit Hidden vs. Shown in Bid

    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.

     
  • Computer Solutions: Transferring Data With Spreadsheets

    Using spreadsheets to transfer data

     
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    Spreadsheet Basics

    Are you still doing estimates and job-costing with pencil and paper? A builder and computer expert shows how to automate the process using a spreadsheet.

     
  • Managing for Maximum Productivity

    Small changes in both the office and the field can lead to greater efficiency and bigger profits. A veteran remodeling contractor tells how he boosted his company’s productivity without spending a lot of time and money.

     
  • Computer Solutions: WinEst Pro Plus 4.0

    Estimating with WinEst Pro 4.0

     
  • Strictly Business: Remodeling a Remodeling Company

    Downsizing a remodeling business

     
  • A Practical Approach to Construction Computing

    Four computer-savvy contractors explain how they use off-the-shelf software to integrate and streamline their business procedures.

     
  • Kitchen and Bath: Upgrading Kitchen Wiring

    Estimating electrical work

     
  • Profiting From Insurance Work

    Insurance repair jobs usually go to the lowest bidder. But when nature wreaks havoc, the rules change. An upscale remodeler tells how he learned to love insurance work.

     
  • Quick Kitchen Estimates

    Clients often want to know what their new kitchen will cost before they’ve picked cabinets or decided on countertop material — even before they’ve finalized the layout. This unit-price approach will help you produce rough estimates quickly and with a minimum of guesswork.

     
 
 
 
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