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More stories about Job-Costing

  • No More Bids: Switching to Negotiated Contracts

    I used to run my business the way most contractors do: I'd visit potential clients, review the plans their architects had drawn, agree to bid against a group of other contractors, and then spend 10 to 100 hours estimating the work.

  • Managing Material Costs With an Escalation Clause

    The other night, my husband and I watched a television show about contractors in California who are walking away from unfinished houses. But few contractors will walk away from an unfinished job voluntarily. That's definitely not part of their business plan. So why would it happen?

  • How a Bidding Error Can Turn Into a Disaster

    It's your worst nightmare: You've submitted a bid, it's been accepted, and then you find out there was a mistake in your estimate or that your bid was based on a subcontractor's mistake.

  • Estimating With a Spreadsheet

    Learning some advanced functions will save loads of time.

  • The Myth & Math of Square-Foot Cost

    No contractor wants to talk to customers about square-foot cost. But the topic will inevitably arise, because everything about planning a construction project — especially a new home — leads the customer to think in terms of cost per square foot.

  • Business

    Remodeling without losing your shirt; caution before cloning

  • Controlling The Job With Purchase Orders

    This simple tool can streamline your estimating, purchasing, and job-costing -- and boost your bottom line

  • Bidding Large Jobs

    To avoid costly errors, be methodical about the way you collect and compare prices.

  • Job-Costing for Survival

    Accurate estimating is the foundation of your business. Until you have control over your estimates, anything else you want to do with your company is mostly a pipe dream.

  • Developing Unit-Cost Assemblies for Estimating

    Someone posted a question on JLC’s estimating forum recently about using standard assemblies to reduce the amount of time it takes to estimate. He wanted to know how to develop the assemblies and how detailed they ought to be.