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21 Mar 2019 07:30 #31 by KLJames
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Do you prefer using an estimating software or do you find going old school with paper and pen easier?

I have seen so many rounds of quoting on jobs that it doesn't make sense for me to put every round of the bid process in my software program. I generally put it in once the drawings and specifications are more complete and it looks like the contractor is getting closer to actually issuing a P.O. for the project.

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21 Mar 2019 11:14 #32 by SteveB
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Hi Kevin. I’m old school myself…but my answer to the question would be “a little of both”.

We use Comsense here. It’s a great program, once you learn the ins & outs. In the quoting stage, I definitely do all the HM doors & frames, wood doors, and all the prep work for them with paper and pen. Every job. It takes a good bit of time to get that info in Comsense…at least fully & correctly…so I’m faster with a pen on that.

However, I always enter the hardware sets in Comsense. Every job. Once I get 3 or 4 sets in there, I can just click on the items that are the same in other sets and they pop right in. I only have to create items I haven’t used yet, as I go along.

I find these hardware sets actually save me a lot of time. I can print a “Product Summary”, which is a full list of each Hardware Item I’m using including the quantities of each. I send this to Allegion when I ask for special discounts (along with my manual HM list prices). I also use the completed Hardware Sets print out when I’m listing all my prep work on paper (panic preps, closer reinforcements, deadlock preps, etc…all the items are there) and I also use it to send along with the quote to the GC. It shows exactly what we are supplying as far as hardware and includes all the openings #’s we are supplying too. Comsense also prices every item out with list prices. Once I get my discounts from Allegion, I enter them in and within a few minutes I have our exact total hardware cost.

That’s what works for me in the quoting phase. This should be an interesting thread. I’m curious to see what others say.

Steve Behrens
https://www.commdoor.com/

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