Nov 06

QuickScale PDF Takeoff – How to Use the Calibration Tool to Find Exact Scale

QuickScale PDF Takeoff – How to Use the Calibration Tool to Find Exact Scale In order to extract quantities from an Architectural digital drawing or plan, you have to use onscreen digital takeoff software. Architectural plans are usually shared in PDF format, one of the most widely used files, and also the fact that most …

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Oct 26

QSPlus Deducting Openings from Walls and Finishes – “And-On” Feature

Using the “And-On” Feature on QSPlus for Deducting Openings When measuring Brickwork and Wall Finishes in an Elemental Estimate or Bills of Quantities, you measure the Gross Quantity, that is you don’t make adjustments for openings (windows, doors etc.) After you have finished measuring the items, you have to return to the Estimate to make …

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Sep 24

How to Apply & Qualify for a Home Improvement Loan

  Your home requires both short term and long term maintenance to increase its life span and maintain its market value. Failure to apply a proper maintenance schedule on your home may result in the physical deterioration of its elements as well as depreciation of its market value. This is not what a homeowner expects …

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Sep 09

10 Lending Companies & Banks to Get Home Improvement Loans – Building Finance

10 Lending Companies / Banks to Get Home Improvement Loans – Building Finance If you have plans to renovate your house or make changes to the interior design, one of the things that may hinder your plans is lack of financing. Unless you have surplus savings that are not attached to your household savings account, …

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Sep 06

How to Get Funding for a Construction Project

  Getting funding for a construction project can be tough or smooth depending on various factors such as your financial standing, creditworthiness, quality of your presentation and proposal. Every lender (or investor) wants to know what they are getting from a project or business plan. They are bound to ask you tough questions, test your …

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Sep 06

The Difference between an Estimate and Budget – Construction Cost

  A construction estimate is prepared in the early stages of a project before work on site begins. The process leading to a cost estimate begins with client consultation. As soon as the client lays down their building plans with an architect, he or she must take the blueprints to a quantity surveyor or professional …

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Sep 05

The Use of Bills of Quantities in Tender Pricing and Purchasing Materials

The Use of Bills of Quantities in Tender Pricing and Purchasing Materials A BOQ (Bills of Quantities) is a contract document prepared for tendering, project cost control and budgeting, but have you ever wondered why a BOQ is so lengthy, detailed and intimidating? If you curtail the lengthy item descriptions to short titles and strip …

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Sep 05

10 Construction Estimating Software Used in Australia and other English Speaking Countries

10 Construction Estimating Software Used in Australia and other English Speaking Countries One of the decisions you have to make prior to purchasing construction estimating software is whether to choose software designed for the international market or local industry. There are many good estimating programs for the US, Canada, UK and other English-speaking markets that …

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Sep 02

Why QSPlus is Better than WinQS – Construction Estimating Software

Advantages of QSPlus vs WinQS – Construction Estimating Software Choosing the best construction estimating / quantity surveying software for your needs can be a difficult process if you have never used estimating software in your projects, but it becomes easy when you have tried at least two advanced programs. It’s easy to become comfortable with …

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Jul 25

Top 8 Construction Management Software for Building Contractors, Remodelers, Interior Designers and Trade Specialists

  It doesn’t matter whether you are in the construction, renovation, home decoration or subcontracting business, your client’s project will have three main stages which start with consultation and planning, followed by the tendering/bidding process and the contract management stage. Estimates and budgets are produced in the planning stage, proposals in the form of priced …

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