In this guide, John will explain the basic steps taken to produce an electrical quote. This guide follows the quantity take-off method, using a simple lighting plan as an example.
A Quantity Take-Off involves counting and measuring the quantity of parts required for a job.
This guide uses a simple lighting install as an example, which includes light fittings, switches and cable.
Components such as light switches are counted, where materials such as cable are measured to scale.
For whole components, count the quantity of each type that appears on your plan (eg. 2 x 3-Gang 10A Switches).
Mark off each type of component using a different colour (eg. yellow for wall lights, green for down lights).
Add the total quantity of each part type to your estimate.
Measure cabling and other lengths using a scale ruler, measuring wheel or similar tool.
Don't forget to include a measurement for each drop. Each run will need a connection to the mains or switchboard, which may require some additional measurements.
Mark off each measurement using your chosen colour. Also, place a mark for each drop to ensure all have been included.
Start typing the part (eg. "1.5mm 2C") and select from the list. You can also click “Browse All Results” to view more parts.
Next, include labour units, parts pricing and discount rates for each type of part.
In the Pricing & Labour tab, enter your cost price and discount (if flexaMate has not automatically entered these for you).
Confirm that the labour per quantity is correct for your individual efficiency, otherwise adjust.
In the Review tab, confirm that all components are included in the Materials & Task List and make any final adjustments, as required.
This is a good time to add sundries and other overheads to your estimate (eg. subcontractor costs).
Click "Export Runsheet" to confirm total labour and parts pricing. You may wish to print this page for your records.
Finally, click "Generate Quote" to generate a PDF quote document that can be printed or emailed.
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