It takes time to price up your bid for an alarm installation job. Most tradies say it takes up to five hours to takeoff the quantities for even a smaller installation, and it’s easy to see why when you break down what goes into taking off plans with a pencil.
First, you need to get hold of a copy of the architectural drawings. Then you need to work out which drawings apply to the alarm or fire system and which don’t. A trip to the printers later, and you’re finally ready to start the time consuming take off process, with all its scaling and manual counting.
First up, there’s the drawings themselves. Picking through tender folders, heading to the printers, all just to get the plans and start the process.
Next, there’s the manual colouring, scaling, measuring and counting. Every step of the way you’ve got to check and double check your numbers, and God help the tradie who loses the piece of paper with his quantities on before he’s finished the bid!
It’s no wonder everything takes so long. But it doesn’t have to. With RapidBid, we’ve automated as much as possible, and made the parts we can’t automate quick and easy.
Automatic counting, instant background removal, quick reviews for plans – every part of our security and fire sprinkler estimating software tool saves you another few minutes. And those minutes soon add up. To an average of four hours saved on every bid.
Four hours you can spend on site, or four hours enjoying yourself because you know your bid’s landed on your client’s desk four hours early.