Choosing the best HVAC Mechanical Estimating Software should start by evaluating these basic features as they pertain to your business: Size of the estimating software database, Number of estimating assemblies, Labor tables provided, Material pricing, Number of estimating reports, Integration with other construction software and Customization ability. Every company is unique and has varied requirements so the importance of every feature will depend on individual need. All systems should provide ease-of-use and a rapid return on investment.
Start the evaluation process by comparing projects that you are familiar with and have estimated by hand or with a spreadsheet vs. results produced by the HVAC Estimating Software you are considering. The bast way to accomplish this comparison is to "Perform A Detailed Takeoff With A Vendors Software System". Ask prospective vendors for "Trial Software and Training" before you purchase, evaluate performance and Ease-of-use based on real projects. Trial software will provide hands-on experience with estimating results. By conducting a trial evaluation you will have an opportunity to evaluate the responsiveness and quality of the prospective vendors technical support infrastructure. Solicit references from other respected industry users to determine the integrity and reputation of the prospective vendor before you purchase.
Estimating is the cornerstone of every companies success, it provides the up front information for determing risk and gauging future profit. Information gathered during detailed estimating may be tracked at every phase of the construction project.