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SoftList

SoftList estimating module

Enjoy better design management, improved cost control, and increased profits.

SoftList allows you to automatically generate materials lists, cost estimate reports, and more using information stored in your SoftPlan floor plans.

SoftList eliminates the errors associated with manual calculations and is completely customizable, giving you the flexibility to count materials based on the way you work.

Automatically create:
  • Materials lists complete with markup values, labor costs, and customizable units and quantities.
  • Cutlist reports to ensure minimal lumber waste.
  • Cost estimate reports showing pricing, labor rates, markups, and more.
    Detailed SoftList reports for your own use, listing items such as markup, and labor, or create simplified reports for clients.
Complete Integration:

Materials lists can be exported to estimating software, accounting packages such as QuickBooks®, and scheduling programs. And costs can be easily imported from outside sources, like your lumber supplier, your current price spreadsheet, and any accounting package.

Energy Calculations:

SoftPlan even lets you integrate your projects into REScheck for automatic energy calculations.  More information.

Additional Features:

  • Estimate materials individually, as assemblies, or as allowances.
  • Link labor costs with materials. Over time, you can track and update these costs to make estimates increasingly accurate.
  • Change pricing easily by assigning up to three different price quotes per material.
  • Customize lumber pricing tables for different types of lumber or suppliers.
  • Remodelers enjoy more accurate calculations by having SoftList generate a materials list only for new materials.
  • Edit formulas for precision calculations based on the way you build.
 
What piqued my interest? The material take-off. I tried using another estimating program but I found that I still had to do a lot of figuring. Plus it was so cumbersome, time consuming and inaccurate. But SoftPlan could look in every nook and cranny, and give me an accurate list. I put it through a rough test too. I drew six different wall types and placed a wide variety of window styles and sizes - and with a push of a button - a complete material list. No more running out of materials or over guessing. The SoftPlan materials list saves me time and my profit margin has gone up by 5% - 7% in the first year. Before it was hit and miss with my pricing per square foot. Now with SoftPlan, a customer can come to me with a rough sketch, and I can produce a very close cost estimate in a day. This is getting me more work.

Michael Farragon
Stonegate Signature Homes.
Schenectady, NY

 
As a material management provider for everyone from top 10 production builders to small, local custom builders, we can't settle for anything less than accurate. Using the flexibility of SoftList, we're able to meet the material reporting needs of our largest clients. This is a difficult task given the complexity of a multi-divisional builder operating across multiple regions, states, and markets. We can typically save clients between $1,000 and $4,000 per plan on excess material costs.

Darren Schwartzkopf
Design2Bid,
Colorado Springs, CO

Sample SoftList report.

 

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