Estimating Is An Art Form

Updated: Apr 23

A good estimating system requires a minimum of effort with maximum effect. You need to ensure that your system is efficient, accurate, and centered around profit. Your cost books must reflect your company's real cost in order to protect your profit margins and achieve your financial goals.

Remodel Cloud estimating will ensure you obtain the maximum effect with minimal effort. You will cut your estimating time down to 1/3 the time you currently spend. Our estimating process keeps you aware of your profit margin during the entire estimating process. Ultimately, your success depends on the accuracy of your cost book and your ability to account for all costs.

Remodel Cloud allows for you to build a customized cost book specific for your company. You receive a default cost book upon registration that you can enhance and maintain as your own. Many estimators are more comfortable using pricing data from commercial software systems, while others will generate their own cost databases. We believe that the variation of both material and labor costs in specific regions of the world vary enough to recommend that you manage your own cost book. Remodel Cloud provides a very easy way to update and maintain your cost book.

Cost Book Categories are used to help drive the estimate to ensure that we don't leave any costs on the table and impact your profit margins. Categories are often arranged by project sequence, for example Setup & Permits, Demolition, Foundation,... etc.

We speed up the estimating process via the use of Assemblies. Assemblies are pre-configured collection of cost items that are relative to specific project types like kitchens, baths, or additions. We can insert an Assembly into our estimate and load a majority of cost items that likely apply to your current project or job. It is very easy to update these items to reflect size, selections, or location specific to you job.

Estimating is an art form in many ways. Remodel Cloud is a free remodelign software tool that can be used to speed up and make the process more accurate. Having the best tool, does not guarantee success. The outcome ultimately depends on the skill of the estimator and the accuracy of your costs.


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