Sketch or cad drawing?

When you go to do a quote for a potential client how do you present your ideas to them about the job at hand?

Do you sketch something out on paper and talk to the client right there and then?....or do you go away and hand draw something with a little bit more care & attention to post back to the client along with your quote?

Do you take the time to go back to the potential clients property with your drawing & quote to run through it properly with them?

Does it depend on the size of the job and the potential profit involved which determines how much extra effort you put in?

I spend my working day turning basic site sketches into professional cad drawings that help contractors turn quotes into real jobs. I therefore have a vested interest in this debate and would love all contractors to use cad drawings, but they are not always necessary. Some jobs don't require a professional cad drawing whereas others couldn't begin on site without one.

Cad drawings can help explain your ideas without having to spend hours and hours drawing up and colouring in your designs. Think of a cad drawing as a halfway house between a basic sketch and a full design.....except without the full design price tag!

Check out some of my drawings to see just what i mean and if you'd like to discuss them further feel free to comment on this discussion!

Sample cad drawings.....

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