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Estimating

Estimating for mitigation is easy. Writing justified, profitable and fair estimates… that is a bit more difficult. We want to make sure you have the proper tools to be successful. This blog is about the tech that is adjusting your job, the line items that you are performing but may not be charging for and the tips to make you more efficient.

Should You Move Over to Xactimate X1?

  It Has Become Popular Opinion that Xactimate’s Newest Version X1 “Sucks”   Well if you spoke these words a year ago… you would be much closer to the truth! X1 still had glitches and

  Investing in Technology is Important for Restorers Today   For years, technology was stagnant when it came to drying and estimating. But things are quickly changing and there is a movement that has the

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  Show of hands… do you like change? How do you feel about technology?   Experts agree many dislike or even hate change. This can be for good reasons (uncertainty, fear of failure, fear of

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  Do you think good help is hard to find in this industry?   Don’t worry, you’re probably a great worker or owner. Yet, turnover is still an industry wide issue, even with estimators. So

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  This month, 2 changes were made to the Xactimate prices list that you will want to note:   WTRCABLDS and WTRCABLDSA. (Can you guess what these line items are just based on the Xact code?

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Are you: Struggling to get paid on your restoration estimates? Struggling with negotiating with adjusters? Here’s a free eBook with 5 great tips that will help you stop struggling and help you get paid for

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Seemingly Small Mistakes Create Huge Issues! Why?   When writing estimates, there are only a few things that make up the final price: your sketch/measurements, your scope of work and your unit pricing. Each one

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  Everyone in your company should read and know the s500.   Why? Because that is how we establish proper standard operating procedures. Each time the IICRC s500 is updated, we should be looking over

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What does an Xactimate Line Item Include? In order to know what a line item includes and whether we are using it correctly, we need to learn how to really dig into the line items.

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  Are you an estimator that knows it all? Seems that should be a good thing. Nope!   Not many people know it all! I know I don’t…… from what I’m told. There is always

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  “We add items to the estimate that we know are going to get kicked out to give the adjuster something to do.”   Do you do this? It’s something I have heard a lot

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  What is an Xactimate Macro?   In short, a macro is provides Xactimate users an efficient way to replicate repetitive tasks. As such, while estimating mitigation claims using macros is a given. If you

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  “We absolutely PACK our estimates with F9 notes.”   Now, that can be a good thing. But it can also be a bad thing. Why? Let’s take a small detour and briefly talk about

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  What Do Your Xactimate Sketches Look Like?   “We don’t ever sketch anything. We don’t change the ceilings in our sketch.”  Have you ever said these things before? Many people have. Why put forth the effort

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  If you are providing a service, you for sure want to get paid for it!   When we talk about estimating we have to talk about negotiating at the same time because they go

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  Is your staff leaving money on the table?   The more highly your trained your staff is, the higher your Average Dollar Sale is. Making sure everyone on your staff has the proper amount of

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  You Should Be Getting Paid On The Jobs You Perform   The reason for developing the Estimating & Negotiating class was a personal reason for Jeremy. He was putting real people out in the

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Are Photos Important for Your Estimate? The question we may ask ourselves is: Are photos important to include in our estimates? Yes! Yes they are. Getting the right photos on our mitigation jobs is key

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