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Takeoff and Estimating for Paint & Wall Covering Companies

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WWW.ONCENTER.COM PA IN T A N D WA LL COV ER IN G CO MPA NIES 2 Page B efore digital te chnologie s, take of f, a nd e stimating tools c onsiste d of the rolling line a r sc ale, c olore d pe ncils, note pads, a nd c alculator s. A s the use of pe r sonal c ompute r s grows, a nd pape r pla ns a re digital, e stima- tor s a re re placing their c alculator s with ele c tronic sp re adshe ets a nd for mula s. Ma ny e stimator s still use old school tools to pe r for m mate r ial take of f s a nd to ge ne rate e duc ate d c ost "gue s stimate s" that make their way into for mal bids. O n - Scre e n Take of f ® ac c ele rate s the ma nual p roc e s se s that ma ny e stimator s a re ac custome d. Inste ad of ma nually c ombing through nume rous p r inte d pla ns to tabulate squa re footage, line a r footage for molding, c ount obje c ts such a s door s a nd windows, a nd othe r relate d mate r ials, O n - Scre e n Take - of f c alculate s mate r ial value s with unique c onditions a nd odd shape s, such a s alc ove s a nd dra matic cur ve s, whe re it is challe nging to me a sure p re cise value s. The bigge st challe nge s that exist for a n e stimator a re cha nge orde r s a nd re que sts for alte r native s. With ma nual p roc e s se s a nd sp re adshe ets, the e stimator must sif t through ma r ke d-up pla ns a nd p r ior e stimate s to wor k up a cha nge or develop alte r native s a nd inc or porate the m into the ove rall p roje c t budget a nd bid pla n. Eve n small cha nge s take time a nd add to the c ost of bidding. Q uick Bid ® eliminate s this challe nge for ma ny use r s a nd c a n ke e p your p roje c ts orga nize d with le s s c onvolute d mistake s a nd e r ror s. While ma nual take of f a nd e stimating p roc e s se s a re still c ommon today, the re is a bet te r way for c ontrac tor s to double their e stimating p roduc tivit y. Painting a nd wall c ove r ing c ontrac tor s submit more bids in much le s s time with gre ate r c onf ide nc e whe n using digital take of f a nd e stimating applic ations. On - Scre e n Take of f allows e stimator s to me a sure a re a s, le ngths, a nd qua ntitie s of c ompone nts from digital pla ns from a c ompute r scre e n. A s c ounts a nd me a sure me nts a re take n with the click a nd drag of a mouse, on -scre e n pla ns a re c olor- c ode d a nd highlighte d to show what ha s p roc e s se d. Rathe r tha n tabulating a take of f on a le gal pad or sp re adshe et, the e stimator lets the sof t wa re track a nd tally all the mate r ial ne e ds. Quick Bid is use d to apply the cur re nt mate r ial, labor, ma r kup, a nd othe r c osts to the take of f data to develop p roje c t c osts. From sta r t to f inish, a painting a nd wall c ove r ing e stimator p rof icie nt with O n - Scre e n Take of f develops a more p re cise, detaile d bid in much le s s time c ompa re d to doing it ma nually. On - Scre e n Take of f a nd Q uick Bid have a high de gre e of inte gration so that take of f data f lows r ight into c ost e stimate s. What 's more, the sof t wa re's c apabilitie s include full-fe ature d take of f a nd e stimating solutions that do more to simplif y a nd ac c ele rate the bid developme nt p roc e s s. On-Screen Takeof f & Quick Bid Improves Productivit y

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