Our software was created by a group of electrical contractors that estimate all day every day. Knowing the electrical contracting business inside and out is the difference between our products and products that were produced by programming guys with no working knowledge of estimating. We also have the only On-Screen Takeoff module that is built right in the software without using a third party.
Your estimating software is the most important tool you own. You will fail or succeed based on your ability to estimate.
Own the best: Best Bid Hybrid Pro
Custom AssembliesHaving 1000’s of pre-created custom assemblies is actually a slow and time consuming way to estimate. Having to sort through list after list just to find the one that is close to what you need. If you find one then you will have to modify it to suit you. This process of estimating is simply OLD SCHOOL. Its super slow, hard to learn, and confusing. Being an electrical contractor and not a computer geek, most of us find this method quite intimidating.
With our Electrical Estimating Software you select a button, enter your quantity, then select Assembly Details to see your results.
It just can’t get easier than that.
For Devices: The old school way would be to pick a Device from a long list, most of which you will never use. Then you may end up with a device and plate or at best a device, plate, and box. With Best Bid you select Receptacles, enter your quantities for all the receptacle choices in your estimate, Duplex, GFI, Quads, WP GFI, etc. The devices you use will all be listed right in front of you… Enter your quantities, select enter, and you will get the receptacle, plate, plaster ring, grounding stingers, screws, raceway, straps, couplings, connectors, and conductors. All items will be priced and the man-hours that it will take to install these items will clearly be shown. All items can be raised or lowered by any percent for difficulty.
If we ever thing of a way to make it easier we will change it.
You are also in complete control of the results. Change the raceway from EMT to GRS, IMC, PVC, or MC for one or all by clicking 1 button.
This is the Best Bid way and the best way!
Advanced SubstitutionsBest Bid is so forgiving and also great for Value Engineering. You can always change one or many items in your estimate when finished, or anytime along the way. Let’s say you missed the section in the specifications that says ¾” Minimum Raceway. No worries just select your ½” EMT and substitute it for 3/4”EMT. Change Copper conductors to Aluminum, EMT to MC. If you choose to print out your rough in material and send it for quotation, you can quickly enter the quoted price and select Overwrite the computer pricing. Best Bid is not only super fast but flexible as well.
On-Screen TakeoffImport your PDF drawings and do your takeoff directly from your computer screen.
No one does this as well as the Best Bid Hybrid Pro. Best Bid is the only software that actually has this feature built right into the software. We don’t have to team up with a third party to accomplish this task.
Using a third party company to perform this task is not only problematic but defiantly does not have the electrical contractor in mind.
Some of the software that we have used you actually had to go to the estimating software , create (1) lighting tag let’s say A. Open the takeoff software, set the tag up, and start looking for all of the A fixtures. When finished you had to move the A fixtures from the take-off software to the estimate software. You proceed to do this with each fixture one at a time. When finished all you have is your lighting counts.
With Best Bid you never leave our software. You will create all of your lighting tags at one time and you can count all of your fixtures at one time. You can count whatever is in your view not just one Tag at a time.
With other software when you were finished counting you only have the lighting Tags and the quantities? With the Best Bid Hybrid Pro when you are finished counting you will not only have your lighting counted but everything it takes to wire and install them. App prices and ready to move on. You will be miles ahead in your estimate.
Takeoff Modules or AssembliesOur Takeoff modules are the most advance modules on the market. We think easy, speed, and accuracy is the formula to success. A couple of simple examples: Most software you will have to enter 1 lighting tag at a time. With the Best Bid you will enter all your lighting, at the same time, on one single page. Most software, to enter branch circuits, you have to create each one separately. With Best Bid all the combinations you need are all on one page in one spot. Enter them all at once saving so much time.
Reviewing your bidAt Best Bid we always are thinking simplicity. You have multiple ways to check and review your finished estimates. We also have warning lights for things not being finished. We have breakdowns for everything you could ever want. Assembly Summaries, Labor and Material Summaries, Audit Trails, Breakdowns of all types, there are too many reports to mention. We offer a 1 page Worksheet that shows the low Quotes, Labor for Quotes, Rough In Material, and Labor for Rough In Material. You have the opportunity to add extra profit to each, if you choose, or globally on the Summary page. The summary page is where you add profit, overhead, bonds, engineering, etc. and of course the winning sum.
Custom AssembliesBest Bid has a special module or Assembly, as we call it, which allows you to open the database and select items directly from the database. You can manually enter an item; choose an item or a groups of items from the database to enter into your estimate. You may elect to save this group for another estimate.
You can create your own special groups of items and bring them in at any time. An example might be:
Stands to have transformers
Kitchen hood controls
You can save your selections in the Master Files and recall it anytime. You can also open the database from any assembly and add extra items. This feature is a fantastic time saver!
ProposalsWe have thought of everything. We offer several style proposals. The one most used is the Master Proposal that allows you to enter and save your own wording. The Master Proposal will install everything in the estimate.
A page will populate that is says (includes) just check or uncheck what you don’t want to include. Create the perfect Proposal. Exceptions, assumptions, terms, scope, Your Logo all is included. Finish the perfect estimate with the perfect proposal.
Other CostDon’t forget your Other Cost. No matter what you call it lets make sure it is included.
We have a place for this as well.
Material Price ManipulationKeeping your prices up to date is important but it does not have to be hard.
You may elect to manage your own material, use NetPricer, or Real Time Pricing services.
Also on every Assembly Summary you have a price adjustment. You are not limited to price 1-2-or 3 and the older systems do. Best Bid has adjustments by %. You can change the price of material a little or a lot. Changing the % dial on each page gives you full control of you pricing per Assembly not just globally.
We also offer this feature on the labor as well. So, if you are working on a lift in one section dial the % up. This lets you micro manage the estimate.
On-Line School for Electrical Estimating Open enrollment is now accepting new students. We can teach you how to estimate or estimate better. This school does not have anything to do with our software. This is teaching you all the estimating skills you need to succeed. Lots of companies are having their Project Managers go through the school as well as their estimators. Fantastic information for anyone from a house wife to a seasoned estimator www.electricalestimatingclass.comwww.electricalestimatingclass.com
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