i have a related question. i hear people talk about these programs, at what point do people use them? i mean, as far as job size. i've never used one and never even thought about it but i don't bid six figure jobs. if i had one tommorow, i'd just get a pad and pencil and figure it out though. i guess i just don't see how they can work. anyone?
A S.W.A.G. always worked well for me as I really don't think plumbers are very good with numbers, at least that is what I feel from the competitive bids faced with lately. I use to tell customers I have squares written on the floor at the shop with various numbers in them and from 20 feet I throw a coin, whatever square it falls into that is the price, I don't think they believed me so I told them it's called a S.W.A.G. or "scientific wild ass guess", but the only real way is to figure your time and materials, put together for your bid, with time & money you'll get better, rich or hungrier.
You Just need to know what you charge per hour. then look at the job figure how long it will take and how much material you need then add 20% more for the stuff that will take longer than you thought and you should be pretty close.
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