most basic questions and criteria were employed in the
development of this program.
1. Will it Save me time?
2. Are the results accurate?
3. Can I do take-offs
without having to learn new procedures?
4. Can it be used to train new
or clerical people to do take-offs?
5. Is it affordable,
without hidden costs like expensive training?
6. Is it a simple to learn
user friendly software?
answer to all of the above questions is YES.
Find out for yourself by downloading
a free trial version of Esti-Mate.
Will it save me time? ** YES **
Users report that estimates that took 1-3 hrs to do by
hand can be done in as little as 10-30 minutes.
In many demo sessions, Esti-Mate has astounded now
current users with the minimal amount of information
that can be entered to produce an itemized take-off,
with material specification and usage data. During a demo at
Fayetteville Building Supply, GM Alan Phillips and his
outside sales force used Esti-Mate to get a take-off
promised to a customer that same afternoon. They
also ran a side by side comparison with a take-off by
one of their most experienced salesman and found the results to be
within 0-2 percent with the variance in pre-cut studs
(for example 344 vs. 343). Esti-Mate saved them
time and continues to do so today. (The demo and data
entry took 25 minutes, with most of the time used for
explaining different options as we progressed and
showing the help and calculator functions.)
2. Are the results
accurate? ** YES **
When we demo the Esti-Mate program we ask the lumber
dealer to supply a completed material estimate so that
they can compare the accuracy of Esti-Mate to their
best effort. We also ask them to note how long
it takes the Esti-Mate demonstrator to use their plan
(one he has never seen) and produce the material
estimate. Most of the time during the demonstration is
spent showing the various features of Esti-Mate and
the entire demo usually lasts 30-45 minutes. When Esti-Mate
prints the material estimate is when they realize that
it doesn't take much information gathered from the
plan to get a material estimate that is within a very
small percentage of the hand written take-off.
The formulas used within Esti-Mate have been and
continue to be monitored to reduce the number of
emergency trips out to the job site that the supplier
has to make saving valuable time and human resources.
One benefit that builders like is that when the
materials are delivered with a printout that shows
what is delivered and where it is to be used they know
that you are ready to service their needs. Just doing
the little bit of extra service is another tool that
the independent supplier can use to compete with the
3. Can I do take-offs
without having to learn new procedures? ** YES **
"Wow this is really amazing", said Chuck
Gore from Gore Builders after comparing an existing
in-house take-off to Esti-Mate. The program asks
for input in the same logical sequence that you expect
to use when doing the take-off by hand. Without
the complicated math or waste factor calculations Esti-Mate
has bridged the gap between the 'old days' and new
technology. You are not required to re-learn any
processes or procedures as is common with the
digitizer based or CAD based take-off software.
"When can you deliver it?" is the most often
asked question after a hands on demo.
4. Can it be used to
train new or clerical people to do take-offs? ** YES
Esti-Mate is currently endorsed by several leading
associations due to the fact that it is very easy to
learn and use. The program has help available at
every turn, from operation of the menus and their
selections to a built in glossary of terms so that you
can become familiar as you go. A built in
calculator lets you send the results from a
calculation directly into the field where you came
from. This is very handy when adding up Lft of
wall sections or beams for example and doesn't require
you to need a calculator nearby or be a math whiz.
5. Is it affordable?
Without hidden costs like expensive training ** YES **
Esti-Mate Software is only $895.00 (single
install/first use) The program doesn't
require extensive upfront training or monthly service
fees. Multi-store discounts available.
Service, Service is the goal here and
the building material supplier who has the connection
will get the business. FREE Toll
Free phone support for installation and program use
for ONE FULL YEAR with every purchase of Esti-Mate.
Subsequent years support will be available in 1, 2, 3
year segments and priced per the level of service