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  • Three Ways To Handle "Your Price Is Much Higher Than The Other Guy"

    Next time a prospect tells you your price is higher than someone else’s try these tactics to keep the conversation moving and see if your prospect could justify paying more.

  • Yellow Pad Estimating For Contractors: The Good and the Bad

    Doing a paper-and-pencil estimates on the fly can actually serve a good purpose ... just not all the time.

  • What I Like: Clear Estimates Software

    Two remodelers have gained productivity and won new jobs thanks to software with built-in templates and data for 12,000 parts

  • Estimating Using Templates, Part Three

    Whether you estimate with an off-the-shelf system or using an Excel spreadsheet, most systems today are built around a database of unit pricing items. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Getting Started as an Insurance Adjuster

    When a hurricane or other natural disaster strikes, CAT-adjusters go to work, assessing damage for insurance companies. Contractors looking for a job that takes their stiff joints and aching back off the jobsite might consider using their experience in construction as a licensed adjuster.

  • How to Calculate Unit Prices for Labor

    While unit prices for labor are available from a number of sources, the best source is a company's own job history. This article uses an example of framing an exterior wall to show how to use that data to calculate unit costs for labor based on material quantities.

  • DeWalt Mobile Pro Construction Calculator App

    JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.

  • Building a Unit Price

    The foundation of every computerized estimating system is its database of unit prices, but how do you begin to build a price? George Weissgerber outlines the process from start to finish.

  • Stick-Estimate Worksheet

    A straightforward spreadsheet can be used for a single task or as a building-block for a unit-pricing database

  • Tips for Would-Be Remodelers

    New-home builders transitioning to remodeling need to watch out for these issues