5 Steps to Build a Better Bid

Ask any cost estimator. Estimating is perfected through experience, practice, and intuition. They’ll also say estimators must doggedly pursue missing project details before finalizing their bid. Estimating can often feel like a high-stakes video game where you’re trying to avoid “Game Over” before your bid deadline. Whether leaning on subcontractors or digging for emails in […]

Real Estimators of Genius – We Salute You

If you’re any kind of a construction estimator, you’ve probably been involved in some crazy, complicated, weird—and wonderful—projects during your years in the construction business. Let’s face it, the world’s highest and longest glass bridge in China didn’t just appear out of thin air. Nope, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge started with a few gallons of coffee, […]

8 Common Construction Estimating Mistakes

    Estimating is one of the most difficult jobs in construction. It is also one of the most important. Profits are typically won or lost based on how accurate your estimates are and how closely they match up to your final project costs. So, how accurate are your estimates? According to a survey from QuickBooks […]

On-Screen Takeoff Named to Capterra Shortlist!

It just keeps getting better for On-Screen Takeoff! Once again, OST was ranked as a top construction estimating tool by another peer review group. This time the honor was making the Top 10 cut on the 2021 Capterra Shortlist for Construction Estimating Software. Using exclusive data and user reviews, Capterra created its Shortlist after analyzing […]

On-Screen Takeoff Named Top Takeoff Software for 9th Year

On-Screen Takeoff has been ranked again as the No.1 Takeoff software in the 2020 Construction Technology Report by JBKnowledge. Ever since the survey began in 2012, On-Screen Takeoff has earned top takeoff and estimating honors in this report. This year’s respondents ranked On-Screen Takeoff as their top tool by a margin of 42%. Also ranking among the […]

10 Things to Know About $1 Million Tax Break

Are you thinking 2021 may be busier and less chaotic than 2020? It may be a great time to add new software, like takeoff and estimating tools, or new equipment and deduct all of it on this year’s taxes. Call it a win-win for small-to-medium size businesses, Section 179 of the U.S. Tax Code allows […]

Take Tax Break to the Max: Write-Off $1 Million

From widespread project delays and cancellations to disruption of ongoing projects, 2020 has been one for the books for the construction industry. No doubt, year-end tax strategies may be the last thing on your mind as your construction business prepares for an uncertain 2021. But with more contractors bidding on fewer projects and project backlogs […]

On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid Rank in FrontRunners Quadrant

Call it a REPEAT! On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid were once again named to the FrontRunners Quadrant for Construction Estimating Software by Software Advice for September 2020, Ranking in the top 10 vendor quadrant means OST and Quick Bid excelled in terms of Usability and User Recommended scores. What’s it about? FrontRunners is based on reviews from real […]

How to Make Every Construction Project More Profitable

Let’s face it, the ebb and flow of construction work mean that projects will overlap and intersect. Crews and equipment will—at times—be spread thin. On the one hand, it’s the nature of the beast. On the other hand, it’s not always smart to view each project as separate—especially if your project backlog is shrinking In […]

How to Build Stronger Sub-GC Relationships

It’s been a long, hot summer for anyone in construction. In July, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.8 months—a full month lower than in July 2019. In addition, 47% of construction leaders reported they expect to see shrinking profits in the next six months. In these uncertain […]