Landscaping Contractors work on very diverse projects where site conditions can vary considerably for each project. With such variation it is critical that you have a flexible and powerful estimating tool to prepare fast, accurate quotes to suit each project, in order to remain profitable and competitive.
Regardless of whether you work on commercial or domestic projects, construction and/or maintenance, Benchmark Estimating Software can help you to streamline many day to day aspects of your landscaping business.
Benchmark Estimating Software features a “Takeoff Integrator” and “Quantity Takeoff Sheets” to help you with quantity takeoff processes. You can price your projects amazingly quickly using various leading edge features like “Routines” and “Auto Allocate”. Allowing for different site conditions is easy with the intuitive user interface, and also by using our Software’s “Production Rate” and “Variable” features.
You can create professional and polished Quotations/Proposals based on your own template designs. And you can generate customised Budget reports at the click of a button to handover to Site Supervisors and ensure Projects run to time/budget.
With the ability to produce Progress Claims easily, price Variations and generate Variation Approval forms, Benchmark Estimating Software truly is an ideal solution for the professional Landscaping company.
Key features for the Landscaping industry
Import a Bill of Quantities
If your Client provides you with a schedule of items (bill of quantities) you can import this from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet into Benchmark Estimating Software. This not only saves you time but also eliminates typing errors. As well as this, once you have priced your Project you can also save your submission rates directly into the same spreadsheet that you imported from.
Quantity Takeoff Sheets
The Quantity Takeoff Sheets which are available as a standard feature within Benchmark Estimating Software allow you to perform detailed Item quantity calculations for your landscaping Project. Benchmark’s Quantity Takeoff sheets are in an easy to understand spreadsheet format and can be based off standard Takeoff Sheets from a Library, or created on a project by project basis.
The Takeoff sheet to the right shows a very simple example of how this function can be used to work out the total area of multiple walls.
As well as the standard Quantity Takeoff sheets as mentioned above, we also offers you the ability to integrate with On-Screen Takeoff, a quantity takeoff software from On Center Software, through our Takeoff Integrator.
Our Takeoff Integrator works by importing your construction takeoff data from On-Screen Takeoff directly into Benchmark Estimating Software. Once your construction takeoff data has been imported, you have the flexibility to use a variety of Benchmark Estimating Software features including Auto Allocate, the Item Library and Routines, to quickly create a price for your Project. The easy integration between the two software programs cuts down estimating time meaning more cost effective landscaping estimates.
Microsoft Word Quote Templates
Benchmark Estimating Software gives you the option to set up your own Quote Report Templates in Microsoft Word. You can then automatically export your landscaping estimate data to these templates. This ensures that consistent, professional quotes are being distributed to your clients.
Regionalisation is ideal for larger landscapers who operate across a wide geographical area, and have costs that vary across this area. In essence, it allows you to have different prices for the same Resource in your Resource Library depending which geographical area it will be used in.
Regionalisation can be applied to most other Libraries in Benchmark Estimating Software and allows you to set default permissions so that users only see the data that is relevant to them. When completing an estimate, the price used for a Project is automatically based on the geographic location of the Project.
Coupled with the power of a Microsoft SQL Server database, Benchmark Estimating Software’s Regionalisation feature helps you to achieve a single estimating database. This results in numerous benefits from greater control of costs, greater consistency, more efficient administration of data and better business reporting.
Further Landscaping Resources
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- View our Screenshot Gallery
- View Landscaping Industry Case Studies
- View Testimonials
- Overview of Benchmark Estimating Software features
- Request a guided demonstration