Estimating Technology

         HOVER, the technology company that transforms smartphone photos and blueprint designs of any property into a 3D model, has announced an update to its HOVER Estimates product to include estimates for siding.  This new capability rounds out HOVER’s offering for contractors to quickly and accurately quote both roofing and siding jobs in a single solution.  Now, even the most complex, multi-trade projects become easier to scope and sell, empowering more contractors to grow and optimize their business. 

         Siding jobs are high-dollar projects, and errors or oversights in scope are very costly to contractors in the form of eroding profits.  Accurately estimating and quoting siding jobs has generally required years of experience and a disproportionate amount of time to complete.  Often, the person completing the estimate in the field doesn’t have years of experience, but companies also don’t have time to filter every job through one or two experienced employees. 

         HOVER Estimates addresses this problem by providing a simple, visual scope selection tool to ensure no detail of the project estimate is missed.  It ties directly into HOVER’s measurements, and includes the contractor’s specific material and labor install preferences, providing a fast and accurate estimate for both siding and roofing.  This reduces training demands and speeds up the sales process, allowing every sales representative, regardless of experience, to confidently provide project estimates in the field.  Every element of the project scope is taken into account, from materials and labor to margin and add-ons, to ensure that every customer quote is profitable.

         Siding and roofing estimates are generated on-site in three minutes or less from a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.  With HOVER’s visual estimation tool, the estimate can be easily modified to add or remove trades, adjust scope, or provide different pricing options in real time.  Final estimates can then be populated into a custom proposal and signed onsite with an e-signature. 

         After the job is sold, the line item detail from the estimate is available to project management teams and directly integrates with material distributors using real-time pricing, expediting material orders and the overall production of the project.  All of this functionality is part of HOVER’s complete contractor sales solution that starts with precise measurements and a visual 3D model.

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