Yes it can!
And that’s not a number we pulled out of thin air. Before releasing RapidBid in the USA, we hired UCLA’s professor of business psychology to research how long contractors took to prepare a quote.
Five hours was the average. For larger projects with piping across multiple floors or even multiple properties across a neighborhood or large scale development, contractors can spend an entire working day on a manual takeoff. A full day spent on a task that might not even deliver any work for your firm.
That’s all down to the amount of work that goes into a manual takeoff for a plumbing quote. Let’s look at how that manual method stacks up against RapidBid.
Drawings: You need to click in and out of folders, select the right plans, create a new file, and then have those plans printed (adding a solid dollar value to your takeoff along with work hour value).
Or you can use RapidBid to review plans and take them off directly from your screen.
Scaling and Drawing: By hand, you’ll need pencils, markers, a measuring tape and a notepad. It takes hours to measure piping, color and mark up plans, and note down these quantities on your notepad.
With RapidBid, that takes a few clicks, a few minutes, and the software tracks all of the quantities for you.
Counting: Imagine a plumbing project for six residential units, all with multiple bathrooms, plus kitchens and utility rooms. How many components do you need to count? How long will that take? What if you miss something?