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The true cost of guestimating

What is the value of 1% to your business, and are you missing items in your quantities take-offs? If you miss a quote by as little as 1% on your jobs it can cost your business more than $50,000 a year, money that could be better spent in growing and developing your business. This doesn’t even take into consideration the cost of unhappy clients facing delays in their builds, supervisors’ down time while driving to the merchant and collecting additional material, or extra delivery co...
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Building a successful business

It is a great time to review systems and procedures in your business during a slow down in the construction industry. This can include a review of your staff and your consultants to make best use of the talent within your organisation, and searching out the right people to help you grow your business. It is also a good time to reflect on some of those business decisions made in the past and check that the controls put in place since have helped ensure you can face the challenges ahead. Da...
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Construction industry's own web-based network

Managing the building administration process just became easier with Bestquote, a business-to-business web application for the construction industry launched earlier this year. Nelson-based Bestquote is a patented job management and quote gathering system. Founder and relationship manager Peter Marr says company research indicates it may well be the only one of its kind available anywhere in the world. “The web site’s edge is it brings together building industry workers and related...
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Valuable tools to help builders now online

BRANZ has launched a new Lintels and Beams online calculator and the revamped – and much anticipated – ALF3.2. Both tools will benefit architects, designers, builders and building officials in their business operations. The tools can be found in the Toolbox on the BRANZ home page at www.branz.co.nz. Lintels and beams This online calculator has replaced the paper version of the BRANZ Guide to Lintels and Beams. It allows users to work out the options for a range of beam appli...
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Helping businesses through the hard times

Is the market downturn affecting your business? Do you have good systems in place controlling your estimates, orders and job costing? And are you making the best use of your staffing resources? Databuild software provides market-leading flexible tools for rapid estimating, including a graphical take-off functionality that allows plans to be measured straight off the screen. The customisable orders format allows a consistent design in all company documents. The software provides a full general ...
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Building a successful construction business

Building a successful construction business

With the slow down in the construction industry it is a great time to review systems and procedures in your business. This can include a review of the staffing resources to make best use of the talent of those who help you grow your business. It is also a good time to reflect on some of those business decisions made in the past, and check that the controls put in place since have helped ensure you can face the challenges ahead. Databuild works closely with the industry to help grow its client...
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Estimating made easy

Databuild’s software for builders has the solutions to help your business work smarter, not harder. The Databuild software is an easy-to-use package developed over 30 years. Developed by people from the industry and customer feedback, Databuild continues to be the most popular product on the market. The software gives users the ability to concentrate on what they do best — build quality homes. Powerful estimating tools include question-based estimating, recipes, graphical take off...
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Estimating software 'thinks like a builder!'

Every so often a new product comes along that changes the way builders do things forever. Years ago in the construction industry two such tools were nail guns and drop saws. These saved so much time and money when introduced, that they are now taken for granted. Now a new time and money saving tool, tried and tested in the industry, has been developed that makes these tools look old fashioned. QuoteFast is a unique estimating program, developed by a building estimator of 30 years, that can lit...
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Estimating software made easy

Databuild for Windows is Australasia’s most popular estimating package and has been for more than 30 years. The system is great for businesses of all size in the construction industry, and provides users with a powerful but easy to use, business management tool. The package incorporates comprehensive rapid job estimating tools, quoting, ordering and a full general ledger, including Profit & Loss and GST reporting in the one system.  Full training and ongoing support are provide...
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Flextec products feature MS technology

The next evolution in Modified Silane (MS) technology can be found in revolutionary Flextec products by Loctite. Loctite sealants with Flextec Inside have much the same properties as polyurethane and silicone sealants, but with far fewer drawbacks. The same can be said of Loctite adhesives that use Flextec — they have the benefits of solvent and polyurethane adhesives, but fewer downsides. The secret to Flextec MS technology is all in the chemistry, which has been a roaring success over...
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