“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!”
If we were to ask you (or any other Australian tradies who don’t use plumbing software to create their estimates) to tell us the favourite parts of your job, how far down the list would you go before you got to “manual takeoffs for bids?”
We’ve spoken to plumbers around the world, and they’re pretty clear on the subject. Takeoffs take too long. The bidding process cuts into their free time. They don’t want to spend five hours on a weekday evening shuffling papers, measuring pipes on a drawing and counting the number of taps and washers they’ll need.
Of course you don’t. It’s boring, and it’s hard work that demands concentration.