Best Practices for Estimating

When it comes to construction estimates, it’s not just about numbers – it’s about knowing the tips and tricks that make a real difference. So, in today’s guide, we’ll walk you through 5 simple strategies that go beyond the basics and will help you do a great job every time. Without further a due, let’s jump into the best practices to elevate your estimating game.

1. Leverage Estimating Software

We could talk all day about the advanced features a software solution can provide for construction estimating, but in today’s post we will mention this basic concept: an audit trail. Being able to go back in time and revisit past estimates, understanding why and how you did things so you can adjust your approach for future projects is invaluable.

2. Make the Most out of Your Estimating Software

Sure, your software solution has its basic tools for getting the job done, but also has more advanced tools that can take things to a whole new level. Go beyond the basics by visiting the “back-end” of your estimating software. Tweak those settings so in the long run you have a smoother and faster experience. Invest time into training and improving—it will reap rewards.

3. Collaborate

Utilize platforms like PrebuiltML Hub for seamless communication. Just like a peer review for a publication, getting feedback on your projects will not only help catch any oversights, but getting different perspectives will improve your craft as an estimator.

4. Introduce Quality Control Measures

Keeping your workflow consistent and making sure your work meets a set standard is crucial in avoiding costly setbacks. We even wrote an entire post discussing quality control measures here!

5. Go Beyond a High-Level Output

Your work is more than just to put numbers onto a page. Increase what your final output communicates by adding additional elements. As an example, disclaimers, framing layouts, and cut logic can give a more comprehensive view of the project and its complexities.

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