A construction project’s success begins at cost estimation. Getting the right cost of everything at the start of a project allows a contractor and the client to properly plan and make adjustments where necessary.
Construction estimation has become much easier with technology and various software. Read on to know the features you will enjoy using.
Mobile capability and software integration
Accessing the software on the go is useful for construction estimating, as it involves a lot of fieldwork starting out. Good software should allow you to use it on your mobile phone without any hitches.
It should also seamlessly integrate with other related applications such as design, accounting and project management applications. These go together and would make work much easier for you.
Measurements are everything in a construction estimating software. Working with customized scales allows you to that you are comfortable with and provides room to adjust the designs easily and accordingly.
Projects are all about costs. The software should, therefore, keep track of all costs including materials, subcontractors and everything required. You should also be able to make changes where necessary.
Easy to use
Ease of use is relative depending on the user but some things cut across the board. How easy is it to install? Is the user interface easy to use and understand? Something as ‘small’ as visible graphics also counts for ease of use.
Help and support
Many people start out with some hitches and would like to ask someone for help. The creators should have customer care attendants ready to respond to customer questions. Help could be via phone, email or online video chat.
Summary by division
While this may not be a major feature, a summary is very useful. It allows you to know which aspect is using up the most money and resources. With this, you can account for every coin and prove your estimations to your client.
Analyze every software properly to get the one right. It will set you in the right direction.