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Avoid painting yourself into a corner. Taking two or three days to pour over an estimate with pencil, paper, sticky notes and a hand-held calculator is an expensive waste of time that can cost you thousands of dollars. Human error and guesstimates can lead to over or underestimating your bid. You could overlook a detail or simply drop or add an extra zero. There must be a smoother process for paint and coatings contractors. There is, On Center Software’s On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid and Digital Production Control.
On-Screen Takeoff (OST) calculates painting and coating surface area coverage. Wall height, width, (minus doors and windows), trim and molding. Measure walls, ceilings, and trim simultaneously. Combined with Quick Bid, generate paint quantities, including the number of coats, and labor time/rates. You can also view and share your digitized plans between the office and construction site using tablets, desktop computers, and printers.
With Quick Bid, estimates can be assembled easily and rapidly, reviewed and revised with last-minute changes recalculated. Detailed bids generate in 15 minutes. Quick Bid streamlines the estimating process by automating and consolidating functions, minimizing data-entry errors, miscommunications, duplications and simple calculation mistakes. Quick Bid provides an email quote process, eQuote, for suppliers to submit pricing. This feature allows paint contractors to adjust bids to up-to-the minute pricing or change orders quickly.
We perform a scope takeoff for each and every trade for every project we bid. Prior to having On-Screen Takeoff, these takeoffs were done mostly by hand and were very time-consuming. We now have a standard library of conditions representing the typical items...in the scope of work for each trade. This makes takeoffs much faster and more accurate. It also gives us more time to concentrate on our subcontractors and helping them get their bids prepared.
Jeff Geither - Estimator
Digital Production Control
Digital Production Control (DPC) is a powerful project management tool for painting and coating contractors in the commercial, residential, industrial or civil areas. Your crew will have a daily plan of which floors and walls get which colors and layers, collected from your Quick Bid. DPC tracks daily progress and instantly “paints” the piece red if the crew falls behind so that you can get them back on track fast. The software auto-calculates costs, gallons of paint used and labor rates/hours and shows percentage completed with a click. After the job, you have a record of metrics with audit trails – detailed documentation of completion stages and total costs. This record is a reliable backup of your painting job including any client changes and approvals, should legal disputes arise.