Estimating makes or breaks a builder.
A reputation for good craftsmanship
may get you in the door, but your price
gets you the job. The hours spent estimating
are especially dear to small
companies where the owner does a little
bit of everything. After working all
day on the site and meeting with
clients in the late afternoon, many
small builders spend the evening working
up prices. But after all this hard
work, even a good estimator lands only
about 25% of the jobs he prices; time
spent estimating the others is wasted.
That's why every builder dreams of
finding a faster way to estimate costs
without compromising accuracy.
Everybody has their own way of estimating,