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I have a question. I was a professional commercial construction estimator for about 10 years. I have estimated literally thousands of jobs and I never ever, not one time, found an estimating software that was even remotely close to accurate about pricing for jobs, especially for what the software thinks materials cost and what they actually cost.
All of the ones I ever looked at were a sure fire one way ticket to bankruptcy.
Do these estimating programs allow you to input your actual costs for materials and labor? If not how can they possibly be accurate?
How can they know what I am paying for a gallon of paint or a SF of drywall in Central Florida this week and what the exact same item costs in San Diego, California?
How about different labor rates? There is Davis Bacon requirements that can vary from one project to another, union and non-union scales and other factors.