In the world of HVAC, profit margins are slim – your bottom line can be crippled by even small variances in estimating.
With no industry wide standard, the biggest problem in HVAC estimating is finding a way to reliably estimate the cost of materials.
According to SNIPS magazine, there are three commonly used purchasing units: theoretical nominal, theoretical minimum, and actual weight.
Each method has advantages in some situations and disadvantages in others. Making things worse is that you don’t always know what situation you are in.
Estimate the work according to nominal thickness, and a variance in the weight of the actual delivery, say nominal plus 10 percent, and the additional, unanticipated cost could take 27 percent off your estimated job profit.
Use theoretical minimum, and you may find your vendor charging a premium for lighter gauge metal.
Estimate on actual weight, and you may find the job requires more pounds than estimated, causing recalculations and reorders that boost time and material costs.
What’s the answer? A deep understanding of buying situations, and the experience to know what to ask for when purchasing sheet metal.
Thankfully, you can purchase the kind of experience that saves you money time after time. It’s easy when you work with the experts at The Cincinnatus Group. Give us a call today at at 878-295-8009, or visit our Contact Us page today.
We see it all too often… massive loss of production efficiency in small HVAC contractors due to lack of modern estimating software.
Even today, many companies still rely on paper drawings, spreadsheets, drafting boards, and other 20th Century means of assembling quotes.
For any small to midsize HVAC company, the amount of potential profit loss by failing to utilize the advantages of computerized estimating can be devastating.
Effective estimating software, on the other hand, can boost sales, decrease turnaround time on quotes, and streamline the entire sales process.
Furthermore, in an age when everything is computerized, providing professional, software-generated estimates to your customers instills an increased sense of trust and reliability.
Now that you’ve decided to take that leap, a new problem arises. Given the massive number of different estimating software solutions available, choosing the right solution can prove a difficult feat.
Many small businesses make the mistake of choosing software that is not suited to their situation, causing more harm than good.
According to an article by contractingbusiness.com, the most important points of consideration in choosing the right estimating software for your business are outlined in four key elements:
To quote the article: ”In fact, too many contractors get burned because they choose estimating software that doesn’t really address their needs, solve their problems, and help them to make more money. They follow the path of self-proclaimed “best-in-class” solutions out there that just aren’t flexible enough for their business, or get overwhelmed by the uncertainty and simply do nothing.”
We encourage you to read the full article on contractingbusiness.com to learn more about what your company should consider when shopping for estimating software.
If you find yourself daunted by the dizzying number of options in HVAC estimating software out there, you’re not alone.
At TCG Duct, we’re here to help. When it comes to estimating HVAC jobs, we can do it for you.
Have confidence in our experienced draftsmen to use the latest software to provide you with:
TCG Duct combines old-school knowledge with state-of-the-art design, allowing us to:
The goal we’ve achieved is a simple one – superior estimating and shop drawings developed more cost-effectively than ever before. GIve us a call at The Cincinnatus Group at 878-295-8009, or visit our Contact Us page today.
At TCG Duct, we can provide all or part of your HVAC fabrication needs. Your project is priced from a Material List or via a take off from prints you provide. Our team of engineers, fabricators and technicians are trained on the latest equipment and methods that enable us to meet your exacting standards.
Let TCG Duct be your partner in the HVAC Industry as an experienced, high-quality manufacturer of HVAC duct of all types. Our goal is to partner with our customers in ways that make the entire workflow from order to installation a seamless exercise in time and cost savings.
As your partner, The Cincinnatus Group helps your organization stand out in its marketplace, win more bids, save substantial costs, and build the knowledge and skills your team needs to continually meet new challenges effectively and profitably.
Our strong work ethic, accountability, and pursuit of excellence sets us apart from other contracted sales and marketing services, and our unique expertise and proprietary ductwork systems make us unique amongst our competitors.
At The Cincinnatus Group, our fabrication partners gain access to our unique experience and expertise in contracted sales and marketing.
Our assets help you navigate the ever-changing markets of the 21st century.
To learn more about our Contracted Sales services or other services we provide: Contracted Estimating and Take Offs, CAD/BIM/Coordination Drawings, and Project Management Assistance, please call The Cincinnatus Group at 878-295-8009, or visit our Contact Us page today. We are looking forward to the opportunity to help grow your business.