I operate a landscape construction business and am looking at ways to speed up and streamline the estimating and quoting aspect of my business.
What estimating packages are people using, both free and paid for and what are the advantages and disadvantages of them. Ideally i would like something i can make variations to and add extra work to and it just churns out the estimate/quote as these are all seperate and time consuming processes for me at the moment.
I currently use a spreadsheet to build job estimates which works quite well and then build an estimate for the client in Word. I price each job individually and only use square meter rates in a limited way as i build each estimate on an hour by hour basis dependant on the jobs/tasks involved. However this is time consuming and makes for a certain amount of repetition. I'd be interested to hear how others do it.
The phone is off the hook with enquiries for complete garden design and build projects so i am keen to find a speedier way to put jobs together as i can't keep up with demand at present.