Mission: To stop builders losing money because of expensive building materials
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Finding some building materials really expensive? You’re not alone. Last month the FMB reported that 98% of FMB members were experiencing price increases for building materials. And their September’s data represented the second-fastest rate for input cost inflation since recording began.
What’s causing the price increases?
Supply and demand is one reason. A backlog of residential projects and a general increase in the popularity of extensions and loft conversions are pushing up prices. Then there’s the inflated price of raw materials. The shortage of lorry drivers. The high cost of containers and shipping. Job vacancies pushing up wages. Products and services that were lower in price during the pandemic now bouncing back. I could go on!
How to stay on top of material price rises with estimating software
With all this considered, it’s never been more important to ensure that the material prices in your quotes are up to date. It could make the difference between making a profit or a loss on a project. So you’ll be pleased to hear that EstimatorXpress does the spade work for you. Our clever tool Price Tracker+ links to thousands of live building material prices to ensure you are estimating with up to date prices.
Plus you can link up to your trade accounts to draw live prices for our merchant partners catalogues including Tradepoint, Travis Perkins, Keyline and Crystal Direct (PVC-U doors, windows, conservatories and roof lights). Which means any changes in the market are reflected in the 100% accurate estimates.
Estimating with future prices and inflation
The Software also allows builders to accurately estimate for future projects with our in-built inflation tool to set inflation over the project to ensure that costs take into account rising costs over time – so you quote the right cost and make the money you expect at the end of the project!
Users can estimate confidently knowing they have a quote that is representative of the prices at the time of build. This allows builders to line up work to follow current projects which is an essential to running a profitable building firm.
How estimating software that accommodates market changes saves builders money
Not only does EstimatorXpress help builders protect their profit margin against material price increases through live updates over the internet but it also factors in wear & tear, wastage and inflation. All these aspects may initially seem like small things but they add up and it makes it a whole lot less painful when it comes to replacing an expensive power tool!
EstimatorXpress is now even quick and easier to use
The project quote templates allow builders to accurately estimate for building projects in as little as four minutes…..
Inflation eats away at their profits. Quick Quote automatically prevents that from happening with a single click of the mouse.
Start estimating accurately today
If you’re struggling to factor in expensive building materials then…
Put the software through its paces with a software test drive. All you have to do is fill in a quick 30 second form. Then one of our team will walk you through the rest. We’ll even helping you install and get started with a live 1-2-1 software familiarisation session. Follow the link or give us a call on 0117 9167 898. We look forward to hearing from you!