What I Like: Clear Estimates Software
Two small remodelers gain productivity with templates and data for 12,000 parts
Traits To Look for in a Remodeling Company Estimator
Industry consultant Paul Winans discusses how to use the DISC personality profile to find the ideal estimator.
Roof It Right: Roofing Contractor Solutions RCSi ProjecTracker
Generate roofing proposals and contracts with ease using RCSi ProjecTracker software.
So Shoot Me: Using Video Footage for Project Documentation
Rather than using still photos to document projects, video footage has the...
Update Job Descriptions to Adjust to Shifting Market
Bob Weickgenannt's goal for Starcom Design Build is to grow 20% each year. To...
Profile: Kelvin and Susan Pierce
Three years ago, Kelvin and Susan Pierce (Big50 1993), owners of Commonwealth Home...
An estimator anticipates the cost to produce a job, and a carpenter tries to complete that job within the estimate. If owners ask carpenters to turn in timecards on a daily basis, the hours associated with doing specific tasks will be more accurate.
High-tech tool products for the field
Remodeling magazine staff picks the best new high-tech tools products for the field.
Keeping priorities straight
It takes humor to tell the boss he or she is micromanaging. Yes, humor. Production manager Andy Hannan and estimator Kirk Van Kamp of Mark IV Builders in Bethesda, Md., found a non-threatening way to approach the difficult task.
A good estimator is methodical but creative
Sound estimating is the backbone of any remodeling business, whether you bid competitively or negotiate a design/build contract. We spend a lot of time benchmarking financial standards and processes; estimating deserves equal attention.