Over the years, there have been many technological advancements when it comes to the building trades.
Search online, and you’ll find dozens of software platforms built for design, estimation, and material takeoffs.
Matter of fact, we use several of them.
However, there is something about getting out the scale and red felt pen to do a manual takeoff that can’t be described with words.
Perhaps it’s the attention to detail and level of care put into each set of plans. Maybe it’s knowing that each item and quantity has been personally triple-checked. Better yet, it might be possible it has to do with taking personal ownership of a project.
There is no software to blame when a mistake is made on a manual takeoff. We have to own each mistake, but we also get to own the pride and satisfaction of a job well done.
Sometimes it’s better to do things the old fashion way; sometimes, it’s not.
Why do you think it’s so important to have a high level of attention to detail in this situation?