Michael Stone has his own estimating software called "Fast Track Estimating Software". Does anyone have experience using this? Is it worth it?
I'd be cautious because estimating depends on so many variables. Some being: the experience of the contractor, the quality of material being used, travel to and from the job site, cost of goods (that change often) and more. I've found that using general guidelines will allow you to estimate. Meaning, how long you took on a specific, similar, job and how to bill. I usually "suggest" a ball park figure based on what I think the job will require, but I always include that it is an estimate and not a quote. Plus, if I come close to the estimated figure, I discuss the options with the client. Any "estimating" programs are just for understanding the basics and are guidelines only. You could also make your own using Exel.
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