From Ralph Rossi - May 5/2008
Why use a computer program - specifically Estimate
Works to write bids?
- Computers are completely objective. Once the rates are set there
is no second guessing an estimate. I often look at jobs and have an
idea what the price should be. Every now and then, my rough estimate
is off by more than 10 to 15% compared to what the computer spits
out at the end of the process. History has taught me, that once my
rates are established, the computer is always right!
- Producing consistent estimate templates and pricing is very
important for customer referrals and repeat business. Repeat
customers build trust when your pricing and proposal process and
pricing is consistent. Having a standardized program gives customers
- EW installed on a Tablet PC cuts my estimate time in half. That
means I can do twice the number of estimates before estimate works
or eliminate most, if not all, take home estimates. That means more
time with my family, friends and/or for myself after work.
- Estimate Works provide a consistent template and system
(especially with the use of customizable assemblies) for easily
training other estimators and being confident that they will produce
accurate and timely estimates. The use of customized assemblies also
provides a checklist or roadmap for all estimators to make sure
items are not missed during the estimate.
- Customers are impressed with the level of detail and timeliness of
produced estimates. We strive to turn out all estimates delivered to
our customer’s e-mail accounts within 24 hours of the estimate
These are the major advantanges.
Ralph E. Rossi, PE
Pratt & D'Angelo Painting, Inc.
- Posted Nov 1/2007 by Crown Resto
Love the program so far. It's simple enough for a dummy to operate.
- Posted Sep10/2007 by jmgallagher
First let me say outstanding job Rosa putting this program together
that is afordable for small residential contractors like myself. It is
extremely user friendly & quick to learn. It definitely dominates
all of the other programs I have used or demoed. It allows me to put
just the info that I want in it. Its not cluttered with info that I dont
need, cant delete or edit.
Once I put all of my data into the program (which took many hours) and
doing many dummy estimates to check things and fine tune I was ready to
go. I can do most estimates in under 30 minutes (meaning from take-offs
to print)... the big ones take a bit longer. I have also increased my
closing ratio by doing mobil estimates. My pricing have been consistant.
The only typing I do is name, address, colors, and some misc side
notes... other than that its all point and click. I went into the
"edit estimate template" and typed in my own contract and
Most of my estimates are done before I leave the site. That is a huge
benifit to me. No more late nights, or back logged estimates. We have
all been there.
There are a TON of benifits to go with this program...
- Posted Mar 25/2007 by AAPaint
Devwave's software prints different now, and has editable templates
so you can set it up any way you want to look. I consistently get
compliments on how professional our proposals look in comparison to the
- Posted Mar 7/2007 by AAPaint
Bang for your buck - You will not find a better, more complete method
of estimating for the price. Period. You can take my word for it, I've
beta tested about 3 versions of this software now and I've owned almost
all the others as well...
- Posted Mar 8/2007 by JMGP
I use the same program too... I am also testing their new bata
program that works with word... there programs get better but the dont
jack their prices up...
Just so I dont have to type a long page... whatever AA said I agree
100%... nice program... YES you do need to spend a little time with it
to load your OWN production rates and terms etc... once that is done..
you can produce a nice formated estimate very quickly...
I was using the PEP program for awhile and really liked that program...
however... I have gone mobil for my estimates so I would of had to buy
the PEP program again for 10x's what I originally paid for it... and
then maintenace fees on top of that... no thanks! its not worth the
as far as the Paint Pro software... YES!! it is worth every penny....
once all your data is entered... all you need to do is type in your
customers name and address... after that its all point and click...
I have done about 12 mobil estimates so far with this program... I have
sold every single job... they sign the contract before I leave their
house... they were very impressed too...
While they are reading all the information I put together about my
company and the benifits I offer...I call it the "Silent Sales
Man" I am in my truck printing the estimate... by the time they are
done going through the info. I am done with the estimate...
Estimate Works Painting Pro Testimonials:
From Theo Jr. McCarthy - Aug 2/2007
This is such a fantastic program!!! Thanks you so much for making my
business more efficient and easier! .
- Posted Mar 23/2007 by AAPaint
Yeah, you should really check out the Estimate works pro from devwave.
It's what I use, and it keeps getting better. Pricing is not rediculous
like other softwares. Takes a short time to get used to and then works
like a dream.
- Posted Mar 6/2007 by THINKPAINTING
Its very easy to add your production rates, in unit pricing. It also
links with word. Its a nice progam for residential. We use it.
From Tom - Jan 14/2007
I'm not sure what I did that worked but all seems well. Thank you
very much for all your help I wish a got service like this everywhere...
From Britt - Sep 27/2006
Your support is wonderful
From Kerri and Richard Matsen -
Thanks for all of your help Rose, It makes me feel secure using your
software knowing the support you offer.
Kerri MatsenRichard Matsen
Matsen Painting LLC
Our software is an investment that will deliver
results both immediately and in the long term. Our professional quality
proposals will help you convert your estimates to contracts.