“I have a mate who is an electrical contractor and he was telling me that he spent three weeks pricing a $200,000 job by hand. I told him that with my estimating and PDF take off software, I started a $700,000 job yesterday and finished it today!”
Here’s a question for you. You’re an Australian electrician. You don’t have any electrical estimating software to work with. And you need to quote on a job for someone building a mid-sized office. How long’s it going to take you to get an accurate number?
We’re talking hours, not minutes. Long hours of measuring all the containment, counting all the sockets, double checking your takeoff to make sure you’ve not missed a single electrical switch. Speaking of which, you’ve got to scale those plans before the takeoff starts. And before that, you’ve got to go to a printer and spend your hard earned dollars.
One quote, and we’re looking at five hours. That’s what the contractors we work with tell us anyway. Five hours that could be spent actually working (or watching some Aussie Rules with a beer – it’s your life). Seems like a massive pain in the backside.