Estimating

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Accurately Capture Material and Labor in Every Estimate

Create accurate estimates quickly based on a customizable product library, enabling complete and effortless takeoffs. Each library product contains all respective parts and labor operations required to produce the deliverable. Project scope is also captured in each estimate allowing holistic cost estimating, or group breakdown costing. Import an estimate from a previous similar project for a quick starting point on a new quotation. Easily produce Alternate Quotes as well as account for material substitution pricing. Individual and customizable material and labor profit markups results in finalized selling price with little effort. Utilize custom reports to generate views ranging from cost details to bid summaries to ready-to-send proposals.

Estimating Features

  • User created product library consisting of customizable product templates.
  • Each product template contains materials and labor operations parametrically customized per takeoff usage.
  • Each product template may optionally contain alternate configuration sets.
  • Takeoff the project scope for group breakdown or holistic costing.
  • Customize each takeoff template within a grouping via single click SPEC assignments.
  • Ability to Import from a similar project for a quick starting point on a new quotation.
  • Include waste factors and other unique variables for utmost complete costing.
  • Easily produce Alternate Quotes as well as account for material substitution pricing
  • Multi-level material and labor profit markups (holistic, per group, per line item)
  • Utilize custom reports to generate views ranging from cost details to bid summaries to ready-to-send proposals.
project estimating

“…I was in need of a software solution to better manage my operations; the series of Excel files and Google spreadsheets were becoming increasingly difficult to manage as my company grew. I looked at JobBoss, E2 Shop Systems and the like before partnering with Crows Nest. While the software itself was impressive, the level of service Crows Nest provided before and after signing on is what made the decision obvious…”

– Daniel Hellman, Co‐Founder, Hellman‐Chang

Estimating Features

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Library

Product templates that may contain respective lists of labor operations and materials.  The labor and materials may be costed on a static or parametric basis. Products may be associated with modifiable default sizes and finishes. 

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Takeoff Project Scope

Within the Estimate takeoff Groups will create collections of takeoff items to be costed per group.   

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Takeoff Items

Within each group, create the collection of product-template items via drag and drop from the product library.  Modify the template sizes, finishes and or listing of labor and material items. 

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Customization Levels (item, group, Global)

Set up Estimate Level SPECS.  The SPEC selection will determine the ultimate list of labor operations and materials for each product-template applied to each group.  Group Level SPECS will supersede the Estimate Level SPEC.

Apply user created Options to each group to customize labor operations and materials for each product-template added within a takeoff group.

Directly modify any individual product-template’s labor and or material list.

Estimate Level material modifications may be made via the Material Substitution function.

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Options

Apply user created Options to each group to customize labor operations and materials for each product-template added within a takeoff group.

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Markups

Markup individual product-template takeoff items within a group.

Markup individual groups combined material and labor costs

Markup the combined total material and or combined labor at the Estimate Level. 

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