Sage Estimating vs Excel

Apr 16, 2021

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7 Reasons to Make the Switch

The accuracy of estimates often determines whether a business or project is profitable. At Accordant Company, we receive many inquiries regarding the differences between estimating software and Excel. Sage Estimating is specifically designed for the construction and real estate industries offering the ability to create more detailed estimates in less time. Here are the TOP 7 REASONS construction firms make the switch from Excel to Sage Estimating:

1. Increase Accuracy and Reduce Calculation Errors

Many Excel users rely on manual input or copy and paste tools to build estimates. With Sage Estimating companies can utilize industry specific pre-built databases or create their own database of items and pricing to easily build estimates. The preset spreadsheet columns and calculations means no more broken formulas, deleted factors, or hidden cells. Databases can be tailor made or modified to meet specific business needs.

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2. Significantly Increase Takeoff Time By 50% or More

Organizations can choose a variety of Takeoff methods to develop estimates with their own database. Whether looking to take off a single item with Item Takeoff, or a system of materials with Assembly Takeoff, these methods will increase speed and productivity as well as ensure quantities and prices are instantly tabulated.

3. Familiar Interface to Create Professional Reports

For those who are wary of taking the leap into a new system, fear not as the spreadsheet layout of the program offers an easy interface. Many of the functions will feel familiar, while reducing the need for manual formula creation. This makes it simple to learn.

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4. Team Uniformity

With Excel, users can save and create their own versions of spreadsheets. Unfortunately, this can cause differences in pricing catalogs, report views, and organization. With Sage Estimating, users will have flexibility in their methods of Takeoff, reducing pricing discrepancies. Creating layouts within the program make it quick and easy to present reports and final proposals that are consistent, professional, and well-organized.

5. Application of Filters via Work Breakdowns

Many companies have clients who demand their information be organized in specific bid breakdowns or project phases. No worries with Sage Estimating, rather than moving items to new phases, users can utilize Work Breakdown Structures to apply filters to items and easily restructure estimates.

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6. Eliminate Redundancy with Sage 100 or Sage 300 CRE Integration

Sage Estimating can be used as a standalone tool. However, there is power for those who use the Sage Accounting software. Once a bid is accepted, information can be easily transferred to accounting and job cost. This means less paperwork, less redundancy, and less errors from manual entry.

7. Sage Estimating Integrates with Industry Leading Takeoff Tool eTakeoff

Sage Estimating’s integration with the 2D Takeoff tool Sage eTakeoff means companies can go from Takeoff to Building Estimate quicker than ever before. Integration can make updates to estimates, if changes or revisions are made to the Takeoff, simple!

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Our goal at Accordant Company is to help organizations select the right estimating solution with the best combination of features and benefits. More accurate estimates save time and money! Sage Estimating provides an integrated solution that automates and streamlines the entire estimating process. Reach out and take the Sage Estimating leap!

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