A thorough and conscientious approach to estimating and bidding often determine whether a masonry contractor survives. If these tasks are done poorly, the contractor gets no work because the price was too high or gets too much because the bid was too low and money is lost on every job. If they are done properly, the contractor has the right materials and manpower ready for installation at the right time while making a fair profit.

Computers and related software packages greatly facilitate the completeness of the take-offs and the accuracy of the bid numbers. The user-friendly programs are relatively inexpensive and simple to use with just a little training. Self-help programs and manufacturers’ technical service desks and phone lines are readily available to answer any questions or assist with problems. Realistically, however, the programs are simple to learn and run on most computers.