View Full Version : Estimating procedure

06-17-2010, 03:11 PM
How do you estimate smaller jobs? ($3-8k)

I've been mulling over my process because I'm having a hard time getting estimates back to people in a timely manner.

My Process:
1-Customer calls and books estimate time
2-I do site visit for landscaping estimates (3 days of the week as organized as possible in 45 minute time slots) (excluding lawn maint quotes which are done via satellite)
3-I meaure and record the job proportions
4-Once I'm back at my office I do a small scaled drawing and price out the work which usually takes me 1-2 hours per estimate. Anything over 2 hours I bill for.
5-I email or mail a copy of the drawing and price to the customer and then wait for feedback.

So what I'm asking is-
1- Do you think I should be spending so much time on a basic estimate?
2- Would a verbal ballpark price cut it?
3- Does anyone use triplicate onsite to give an immediate price and unscaled drawing?

Ideas or feedback would be appreciated.