In this article, you’ll learn:

  1. The Trouble with Traditional Construction Takeoffs

  2. Benefits of 1build Cloud-based Takeoff Software

  3. How 1build Takeoff Software Works


Before a builder can create a formal bid for an upcoming project, they must first construct a list of every item required to finish the project. This list includes items like wood, rebar, piping, flooring, and so on. Once the list is made, quantities are added and a cost is assigned to each material. The complete document is known as a construction takeoff. It’s an essential part of any construction bid or estimate.

The Trouble with Traditional Construction Takeoffs

Time-consuming, complex construction bidding process. Because traditional takeoffs are detailed and lengthy, they’re incredibly time-consuming and complex to create. For these reasons, many construction professionals simply don’t have time to do their own takeoffs. And although takeoffs are an essential part of any complex construction project, they’re also tedious. The longer it takes to produce a takeoff, the slower the estimating process and the fewer new projects can be bid on.

Inconsistencies. Most construction firms don’t have a dedicated estimator, and different company team members may use varying methods to create their takeoffs. Disconnected estimating processes can lead to errors and small profit losses that can add up over time.


Benefits of 1build’s Cloud-based Takeoff Software

1build’s digital takeoff tools offer a reliable solution for contractors seeking an efficient and consistent method for creating takeoffs. Here’s what you can expect from 1build’s cloud-based takeoff software:

  • Efficiency. 1build’s software enables contractors to build estimates and takeoffs at the same time, from one single system. There’s no need to worry about messy, costly, disconnected estimating processes across multiple software and tools.

  • Speed. 1build enables contractors to finish their construction bidding process more easily and with greater accuracy. This means contractors can produce more estimates in a shorter period of time. More estimates means more jobs and more work, and—ultimately—greater growth for the company.

  • Increased win rate. Contractors without a dedicated estimator can take weeks to produce an estimate, during which the bidding phase may close. Faster turnaround allows contractors to gain back valuable time and capture business from more clients.


How 1build Cloud-based Software Works

The strong core features of 1build’s cloud-based takeoff software makes the entire 1build estimating software far more streamlined and easy to use than traditional takeoff systems and processes.

  • In-browser takeoff. 1build is designed to allow contractors to complete takeoffs in-browser without having to install clunky software.

  • Upload images or PDFs. 1build’s construction takeoff software allows you to upload drawings, PDFs, or photos and take measurements on top of your uploads.

  • Easily navigate large plansets. 1build has created their software to manage large plansets. Whether it’s three or 300 pages, 1build cloud-based takeoff software can handle a planset of any size— and it’s easy to load and make changes.

When you’re ready to start a new takeoff in 1build, follow the steps found in Lesson 3 of our Estimating 101 course ››


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