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Understanding How Thorough and Accurate Estimates Benefit Electrical Contracting Jobs

Construction projects in commercial, industrial, health care, retail and education sectors are highly complex affairs with many moving parts spread across broad project time frames. General contractors and end-user construction supervisors have so much on their plates; one thing they don’t need is unwanted surprises that result from faulty or incomplete estimates.

Thorough and accurate estimates are the bedrock of any construction project. This applies to estimates from all subcontractors, and electrical contractors are no exception.

At RJ Martin Electric, we understand how important thorough and accurate estimates are to keeping projects remain on time and on budget. To ensure that our project estimates reflect the true scope of work we intend to perform, we utilize state-of-the-art estimating software – Accubid® and Accubid LiveCount™ – for every electrical contracting project we pursue.

Our Accubid estimating software allows RJ Martin Electric estimators to access over 40,000 items and 9,500 assemblies online. This means we can identify specific parts and assemblies, automatically calculate required assembly component quantities or count specifications, easily add required parts and/or assemblies to our electronic estimates and know the precise cost of everything up front. It also enables us to compare estimate components using labor-to-material ratios, costs-per-foot, per-system or per-floor, which helps ensure not only accuracy but competitive costs for our electrical contracting services.

Accubid LiveCount, meanwhile, allows RJ Martin Electric estimators and field supervisors to pull up drawings electronically anywhere, anytime. This helps improve data security by keeping plans in one secure and easily accessible digital warehouse; and it further reinforces accuracy and trackability of estimates and costs throughout the duration of a project.

Accubid and Accubid LiveCount represent a substantial investment by RJ Martin Electric—and not all electrical contractors are willing to make that investment. Yet, through the use of Accubid and Accubid LiveCount, our estimates are detailed down to the screw. And for GCs and end users, that means extremely fast and accurate estimates, where no detail is overlooked, and no unpleasant surprises arise during construction projects.

The Human Element – Still Essential in Project Estimating

The estimating solutions RJ Martin Electric utilizes on all its projects is fast, dependable and helps ensure thorough and accurate estimates. Yet, there remains great value in having smart, experienced electrical contractors evaluate project requirements up front, and then utilize the appropriate estimating software to generate final estimates. At RJ Martin Electric, our estimators and field supervisors take the very necessary time up front to speak with GCs and end users, understand the full scope of project requirements, learn about any special or unique considerations and then put their experience and intelligence to use in formulating solutions. Software solutions alone may not account for specialized considerations. That’s why it’s crucial to have experienced electrical contractors evaluate each construction project up front and leverage that experience in the estimating process.

Contact RJ Martin Electric to learn more.

So there it is—the winning two-part formula for thorough and accurate estimates. Our decades of experience estimating jobs of all sizes and scopes, used in conjunction with state-of-the-art Accubid and Accubid LiveCount software solutions, deliver peace of mind that your next electrical contracting project will be bid competitively, accurately and thoroughly.

We hope this blog helps give you some insight on the importance of thorough and accurate estimates in electrical contracting projects. If you’re looking for an exceptional electrical contracting firm for your next project, or if you want information about RJ Martin Electric’s experience in industrial, health care, commercial, education and retail markets, please call Robert J. Martin at 216-662-7100 or email rmartinjr@rjmartinelectric.com.

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