How Property Measurement Tools Elevate Your Estimates
June 9, 2021
If you’re a full-service landscape or tree care company, you understand how time-consuming measuring a property can be. Typically, getting an accurate estimate requires sending someone to the job site for an evaluation, which can greatly slow down the proposal process. Everyone knows the company that earns a customer’s business isn’t always the company with the cheapest bid. It’s usually the company that gets their proposal to a prospect first. Here is how an aerial property measurement tool can increase your closing rate and help you determine job costing faster, making sure you’ll win more clients.
What is an Aerial Property Measurement Tool?
The SingleOps property measurement tool uses Google Maps satellite imagery to estimate the area of a shape accurately. Using a satellite image allows you to view the work area from above without needing a drone. To use, simply enter the client’s address, verify that the image shown is correct, then begin plotting points. The tool will then tell you the area size you have selected.
Two Ways Aerial Property Measurement Can Help Your Business
You Don’t Have to Send Estimators to the Job Site Before Writing a Proposal
Viewing the property online and calculating the area allows you to draft proposals while clients are still on the phone or immediately after a phone call. Your clients will be impressed by the speed you’re able to send them a proposal. Proposal speed is one of the most significant factors for winning jobs over competitors.
By not having to send estimators into the field as often, you can also qualify or disqualify leads immediately by viewing the property and calculating the profitability of that job. Many landscape and tree care companies struggle with having too much work. You need to be able to weed out jobs that aren’t profitable enough for your company. Also, having fewer estimators out in the field means you can spread them over more jobs, ultimately resulting in less labor per man-hour.
Determine Job Costing Faster
Job costing can be tedious and traditional methods are prone to error. Using a virtual measurement tool, you can sync your measurements with your production rates, which allows you to determine the work area size while simultaneously calculating your labor and material costs. As a result, you can have peace of mind that the estimates you’re creating are accurate while spending less time on calculations in the office.
The Benefits of Using the Property Measurement Tool in SingleOps
There are plenty of standalone property measurement tools you can purchase. However, those 3rd party applications don’t sync with your management system. Meaning your measurement tool isn’t integrated with your accounting, scheduling, and costing. By having your measurement tool synced with your management system, you don’t need to switch between applications or worry about data transfer errors.
The second benefit of using the SingleOps measurement tool is that you can take screen captures of your measurements and dropped pins and attach them to proposals, estimates, and work orders. Screencaptures attached to documents create clear expectations for your customers because they’ll be able to see what areas you will be working on. It also dramatically reduces confusion for your crews because they’ll be able to refer to the measurement tool markings for guidance on where they need to be working and how long the job should approximately take.