Maybe you’ve been doing takeoffs the same way for a while now, and you're getting the results that you want. If so, congratulations! But if you’ve ever had a bid slip through your fingers, you know how frustrating that can be. The truth is, there might be crucial pieces missing from your pre-construction takeoff process. What can you do to change that? To make sure you’re covering all your bases, here are a few aspects of your takeoff that can make all the difference.
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When you respond to RFPs, you are under the same deadline as your competitors. Your projected costs collected onto the takeoff have to be gathered quickly so you don’t miss opportunities. When you are bidding on a project, time is always of the essence. The good news is that you can reduce takeoff times by using integrated software like ProEst.
ProEst eliminates the time-consuming steps that you would take in a manual takeoff process. Instead of contacting multiple people, from architects to subcontractors, all the information can be gathered from digital blueprints, plans, and other documents so the information is in one place and collected instantly. You need a process built for speed if you’re going to produce the best pre-construction takeoff possible.
Speed is great, but if your numbers aren’t right, you’re in danger of losing your margin—even if you win the bid. Accuracy in a takeoff is incredibly important, but information obsolescence can happen quickly, even before the job gets underway. Changes occur constantly on any bid for a construction project. ProEst makes revisions quick and simple, ensuring the accuracy of the takeoff at any given time.
Software can’t fix human error. But you can take that potential out of the equation by using a secure, cloud-based software system to ensure the most accurate information possible.
Also, a takeoff is just one part of the process. Your project bid has many moving parts, so you want software that can be constantly updated to reflect up-to-the-minute information. Digital takeoffs as part of an integrated bidding software package like ProEst will use the most current data and create a more accurate takeoff, winning you more business.
The best world would be one where you didn’t have to even think about speed and accuracy. Welcome to that world! With estimating and takeoffs combined in a single solution, costs are automatically calculated from the takeoff. Automation makes your life so much easier—no more scrambling for the latest data on counts, dimensions, or pricing. With ProEst, pricing estimates are also location specific.
Digital takeoff technology is built into ProEst, giving you the flexibility to perform takeoffs on screen by using electronic blueprints and gathering updated information as it becomes available. This will make takeoffs as accurate as they can be—not only during the bidding process but also throughout construction.
For many, automation can seem a little scary. But automation does not mean loss of control. As the user, you can control inputs and highlight specific areas on the blueprints or categories of materials that you want to draw someone’s attention to. If you have been doing takeoffs by hand or using antiquated software, you owe it to yourself to discover the power that automation can put into your process.
A theme that we’ve been exploring is how the flow of information doesn’t stop with the takeoff and it doesn’t end when you’ve won the bid. Using a fully integrated, “always-on” estimating system, individuals and teams can work on time-sensitive proposals and reports any time, anywhere, getting more done in less time. With ProEst digital takeoff as part of a total estimating software package, you can use the collected data collaboratively for markups and RFIs.
Having this dynamic data in hand, you can pull information from the takeoff and create relevant reports at any point during and after the estimating process.
Are you missing data and strategies that will win you more business? Using a cloud-based software tool that integrates takeoff into the broader bidding process will ensure that you don’t. Speed, accuracy, and automation are tools you can’t afford to be missing in your pre-construction takeoff process.
ProEst is a cloud-based pre-construction estimating platform that helps you create accurate estimates and digital takeoffs directly from blueprints quickly, allowing you to determine the most favorable rates for your company within the estimation process. There’s no guesswork involved. ProEst makes quality assurance in commercial construction project estimation effortless. You won’t have to engage your entire team to be sure your numbers are accurate.
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