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Estimating Classes

We will be starting a new class soon on Electrical Estimating. Let us know if interested in joining. Just a few things not to forget! Electrical Specifications: Very important. Reading the specifications will determine your scope of work and…

Accura Cadd by Best Bid Electrical Estimating Software

We have just added a new overlay feature to the Accura Cadd making a fantastic product even better. Make drawings from scratch, use it for As-Builds, check for changes in new drawings. This is a great addition to any electrical estimating…

Free Estimating Help #16

Note: Read the specifications and determine what type of raceway and fittings that you will be using. Record the type of device that is required along with the faceplate. When applying your assembly, if you are including the complete raceway…

Free Estimating Help #14

Switch Takeoff The next step in the natural progression of the estimate would be to count the devices. We start with the switches to follow the order of most plans. As with all phases of estimating, there are different thought patterns to this…

Free Estimating Help #13

M=Moderate---Recessed lights installed in a lay in ceiling 9’ tall or less. C. D=Difficult---Bay fixture installed off a lift. D. E=Extreme---Custom chandeliers or large architectural lighting. E. P=Pole lights-Site Lighting Identify each…

Free estimating Help #10

Lost time F. Storage and Job trailers G. Temporary Office H. Clean up I. Bonds J. Plans K. Lifts L. Scaffolding M. Tie wire to independently suspend fixtures when needed Overhead and Profit So far, we have addressed the cost raw cost of material…

Free Estimating Help #9

TIP: Over the years, no matter how good the employees are, two people will not do twice the work of one person, four people will not perform twice as much work as two people etc. Sub Quotes Often times, you will need to hire other companies…

Electrical Estimating Software – Tips and Tricks

Someone once pointed out to me that I spend more time on the phone teaching estimating practices and answering questions about estimating than I do almost anything else. So, it seemed like the right thing to do was to just place all of the conversations…

The Truth About Electrical Estimating Software

The truth about Electrical Estimating Software The truth about Electrical Estimating Software and On-Screen Takeoff Solutions is that they can win you more bids and make you more money because, you simply make less math mistakes, they allow…

How to Choose the Best Electrical Estimating Software

Best Bid was created many years ago out of necessity. Our electrical company had a need to producing more estimates, in less time, than our present software could produce. We ended up creating several hundred pages of Excel spread sheets and…