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Reduce admin work & make more profit by letting CostCertified do the hard work
Reduce admin work & make more profit by letting CostCertified do the hard work
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Frequently asked questions related to CostCertified™
We wanted to make the platform very affordable for any contractor no matter how small or how big the company. So our pricing model is very simple. We have 3 packages to choose from and give HUGE discounts for yearly subscriptions.
To learn more please register for a free trial (no credit card required) and we will be happy to show you the various pricing packages along with any promotions and discounts.
We do offer additional dedicated support for those who would like help setting up and customizing their account. Our Success Coaches have a construction background and can help you get setup quickly so that you are sending quick, accurate quotes in no time that your customers love.
For residential contractors who find it time consuming & hard to build accurate, detailed construction quotes we provide a web platform that simplifies this process from ~2 hrs to less than 10 min. And we provide digital construction proposals that eliminate the need for allowance pricing so that the consumer can upgrade, downgrade or add optional items in real-time while seeing the difference in price.
We called it “H.A.R.T.” because it truly is the heart of the system. We made something that is extremely complex in nature very easy to use and for the customer to understand. There’s nothing quite like it. Honestly, you need to try it to appreciate it. And since it is extremely affordable, why not give it shot? The H.A.R.T. quote engine approaches estimates in an entirely different way so that after setting up your initial assemblies, your estimates become a breeze.
CostCertified is a cost first platform. Every single cost should be accounted allowing you to provide an accurate quote in minutes.
The general idea of the quote engine is that all costs should be broken down to a unit price. Most contractors aren’t used to this but generally speaking, every cost should be broken down this way no matter how custom or complex.
The reason for this is that once each cost is broken down into a unit price, to produce an accurate quote requires only adding in the dimensions of the room or area. It is hard to fathom this is even possible but the following will help you understand how it works.
Each line item should have a unit cost associated with it. For example, for tile floor you might have a unit cost of $15/sq ft for both material and installation. CostCertified lets you select if it is subcontracted or not, choose the vendor, and then you can easily save that line item.
Assemblies are line items grouped together. The magical and proprietary piece of CostCertified’s quoting engine is the idea that assemblies can live in other assemblies and there’s no limit to this hierarchy of assemblies. This allows the contractor total flexibility and can build the quote in such a way that makes sense to the consumer.
Let’s pretend you specialize in renovating kitchens. You might start with a parent assembly called, “Custom Kitchen” and inside this assembly you might have the following assemblies:
General Items Countertop Backsplash Cabinets Flooring Sink Wet Bar Appliances
Each one of these assemblies could have multiple assemblies within them as well. The point is that you can group all your costs associated with something that makes sense to the consumer. And you can save these assemblies to use later on in any other assembly. Most contractors will add “upgrades” within assemblies or “optional items”. So you might offer a standard type of tile within flooring but you can actually show multiple other options for your customer to upgrade with pictures and details.
The concept of grouping items into assemblies and saving assemblies is very powerful. For example, now that you have a “Wet Bar” assembly saved with all the associated costs broken down per unit, you could re-use that assembly when quoting a basement renovation if the consumer wants a wet bar. And managing cost changes, updates items or assemblies wherever they’re found in any hierarchy so system wide changes instantly permeate.
Remember, the entire point of CostCertified is that once you are done setting up your line items grouped into assemblies, all that is required is adding in dimensions for your new project that you are quoting and in minutes you can have an accurate, interactive quote that your consumer will love.
If you happen to encounter something different when quoting a project, simply take time to add the unit costs and group it into an assembly that you save. Next time you encounter something similar simply add that assembly to the new quote. The more you use CostCertified the easier it gets for all future quoting, re-estimates, and change orders!
Setting up CostCertified properly for your contracting business will take upfront time and effort. But, the payback will be huge! Imagine being able to accurately quote new projects, no matter how complex, in minutes instead of hours. Imagine your customer having the ability to upgrade or add optional items to your quote on the fly and see the price change in real-time. There’s nothing like it in the construction industry and if you put in a little bit of effort now the end result will be a game-changer for your business.
Yes, CostCertified is a cost-first approach to estimating. You’ll be able to track all your line items throughout the entire project related to actual costs and profit margins. The more you use CostCertified the more accureate your future estimates will become. You really need to start using it to appreciate it (I know we keep saying it, but there's nothing quite like it).
Interactive estimates are one of the best parts of CostCertified! Your customers will absolutely love them. The idea is that your estimates are actually "live" and your customers is given a link they click on to view the estimate. The estimate has all your costs baked in including optional items for upgrades. So your customer can literally play around with the estimate and see the price adjust in real-time. Say good-bye to boring, static estimates! Watch your conversions sky rocket and upgrades soar through the roof.
Once you input your costs into CostCertified broken down by a unit price and group them into meaningful assemblies, you are ready to send interactive proposals to your consumer with a click of a button!
Consumers today are used to buying goods and services in an e-commerce environment where they can interact and see the price in real-time. Apart from CostCertified, all quotes are static and it’s not possible to provide the consumer with the same rich e-commerce experience they are used to online.
Now, for the first time ever, CostCertified enables the contractor to send highly customizable proposals that allow the consumer to interact with in an online environment that they are used to. They can upgrade or downgrade and add optional items all with a click of a button and see the difference of price in real-time.
The power of the e-commerce proposals comes from the quoting engine. That is why it is so important to take time to setup your assemblies properly. Because once this is done, you will hardly need to touch any proposal you send to a client again. It is fully automated including all the upgrades and optional items.
The best part of the interactive proposal is that you have complete control to show what you want to your client. You can choose to be very transparent and show all costs or you can choose to only show the items without costs. You can have certain assemblies emphasized and certain ones hidden. You have total control over the presentation!
Again, it might take a few hours setting up your proposal templates and making sure it is exactly how you want it but moving forward it will make your life a breeze and your customers will love it. You will stand out from all your competition. In fact, once your customer’s experience a quote like this they will never want to go back to receiving a construction quote the old way.
By setting up CostCertified properly you will gain the following advantages:
Accurate quotes in minutes, simply enter the dimensions of the room
Interactive, e-commerce proposals sent on the fly unlike anything seen in the industry
Ability for consumer to upgrade or downgrade or choose optional items in real-time
Re-estimates can be done by the customer, no extra effort needed by the contractor Projects can be booked online
By using CostCertified’s platform properly you are guaranteed to save time, book more projects, and make more profit.
This is a very good question and one we often hear. CostCertified appears so magical and simple that custom renovation companies and home builders assume that they could not use it for their quotes. However, CostCertified works in such a way that you can easily allow for as much customization as you want. In fact, the platform is built to really emphasize to the customer all the possible customizations they can do. The more "optional" items you add to your assemblies the easier it is for your customer to customize every detail of the project.
Traditionally, payments are made to the General Contractor and then the GC has to manage all payments to the trades. It can get very admin heavy and waste the General Contractor’s time. With CostCertified the payments are held in Escrow and released as the trades complete their jobs. The GC still makes their commission and gets to manage everything in one system with a click of a button. Imagine how much time and money you’ll save by managing everything through one platform. Plus, you won’t every get in a predicament where you end up using money from one project to fund the last project.
IMPORTANT: We haven't launched the payment solution yet but you can still use the rest of the platform for FREE until it is ready.
Yes of course! Nothing really changes except your life gets way easier and you’ll be less stressed. Plus, you will make more money by increased bookings and profit margin.
You get to decide how transparent you want to be with your profit margins. The idea is the customer is agreeing to a price and wants assurance that the job will be done right and on time. So the platform gives the customer reassurance that their money is protected and that the trades are doing their job. However, you don’t need to show the customer your profit margins. The interactive estimate/proposal is so flexible that you can decide exactly how it looks for your customer... you're in total control.
Nope. No catch. Just give it a try and book a demo.