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How to Get Paid on Your Estimates

If you are providing a service, you for sure want to get paid for it! Watch Jeremy explain how to get paid for your estimates in the above Quick Tip video.

Don’t want to watch a video? Here’s a written synopsis below.

When we talk about estimating we have to talk about negotiating at the same time because they go hand in hand. When we put those two elements together what we’re really trying to do is figure out how do I get paid a fair amount for the job that was done. The difference between being good at estimating and negotiating and not is the difference between a company that does the job that they think they’ll get paid for, versus a company that does the job that they should have been doing in the first place and understanding how to get paid for that job.

Where we see the majority of the problems is in where efforts are put into the estimating and negotiating process. Regarding a process, we have one that we put together in 8 steps below.

Here are our steps:

  1. Pre-inspection meeting 
  2. Pictures that tell the story 
  3. Accurate sketch 
  4. Present Options (if necessary)
  5. Scope
  6. Write the estimate 
  7. Estimate review
  8. Negotiate for the written estimate amount 

The problem is that we find that the effort people put in looks like a triangle, where there’s little effort put in at the beginning because technicians are very busy. They’re trying to get the emergency aspect of the job complete and it isn’t until you get down to the negotiating process at the end that you realize where the mistakes were made because now someone else is coming in and looking at your project.

What we encourage you to do is reverse that effort triangle and put more time into the pre-inspection meeting, more time into getting the right pictures taken, and the right notes and so forth. So that by the time you get down to negotiating all the information is there. The estimator can compile it in a logical format, and you can get paid for the job that you should have done.

The above 8 step process that we mentioned is taught in our extensive 2-day Estimating & Negotiating course. For more information on coming to the Reets Drying Academy’s Estimating and Negotiating Class 

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