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Estimating Systems?

4478 Views 8 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  Dulles81
Alright, I know I am taking a risk by posting this because I know everyone just loves the "how do I estimate" questions. However, I am going to ask this anyhow. I understand that every contractor has a different overhead, profit, production rates etc. Of course every job differs as well. Lord knows the market varies by geographic location among other variables. I am new to estimating. I have a question for the more experienced guys out there. Do you have a specific system you use to calculate your estimates with your company's figures? (IE overhead profit etc etc) I know alot of people go by the sq ft. I picked up the 2008 cost estimator book and it seems like a relatively solid system for bidding but I am sure not everyone uses that method and have their own formulas for calculating their numbers. I was hoping perhaps some of you guys would be willing share your methods. Or if anyone knows of another program or book out there. There is no "one size fits all" method for estimating, per se, but I kind of wanted to try on a few for size against the one's I have already used. Any other useful tips for estimating are welcome. By the way, as of right now I am mostly doing repaints if that helps you answer the question. Thanks!!!
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Thanks so much Brian and Bikerboy! I will start there. I am a big fan of Captain Otto, Brian. I can only hope to aspire to that someday!:yes: I am glad you like the profile NEPS! :thumbup:
"But seriously the book/software has no idea how many end tables you have to move, hydrangeas you have to tie back, those webkins you had to individually pack, the H/O's cat peeing on your drop, Mr. Retired Engineer requesting a full report on every brushstroke, the pool in back which now blocks access to the entire back of the house so no ladders, scaffolding, or lifts can get back there, the huge pile of TV Guides (going back to the '70s) that is in the middle of the room leaving you 18" of room all around to paint the trim and walls..."

LOL Slickshift. So true.
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