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 Last Updated: Feb 19, 2024 03:22:47



 


In today's digital age, choosing the right software deployment model is crucial for businesses looking to streamline their operations, enhance productivity, and stay competitive. This decision is particularly significant when it comes to estimating software, as it directly impacts a company's ability to accurately forecast project costs, manage resources efficiently, and ultimately, deliver projects on time and within budget.

Two primary deployment models dominate the landscape: Software as a Service (SaaS) (i.e. Remodel Cloud)  and On-Premise solutions. Each option offers distinct advantages and considerations, making the choice between them a critical decision for organizations of all sizes. Let's explore the key factors to consider when deciding between SaaS and On-Premise estimating software.

Understanding SaaS Estimating Software

SaaS estimating software, such as Remodel Cloud,  are also known as cloud-based solutions, operates on a subscription model where users access the software via the internet. This model eliminates the need for companies to install and maintain software on their own servers, as all data and applications are hosted and managed by the software provider. Key characteristics of SaaS estimating software include:

Accessibility: SaaS solutions offer unparalleled accessibility, allowing users to access the software from anywhere with an internet connection. This accessibility is particularly advantageous for remote teams or organizations with multiple offices.

Scalability: SaaS solutions are highly scalable, enabling businesses to easily adjust their subscription plans to accommodate growth or fluctuations in demand. This scalability ensures that organizations can scale their estimating software in line with their evolving needs.

Automatic Updates: SaaS providers handle all software updates and maintenance tasks, ensuring that users always have access to the latest features and enhancements without the need for manual intervention.

Cost Structure: SaaS estimating software typically operates on a subscription-based pricing model, with fees typically charged on a monthly or annual basis. This predictable cost structure eliminates upfront capital expenditures and allows businesses to budget more effectively.


Exploring On-Premise Estimating Software

On-Premise estimating software, as the name suggests, is installed and run on servers located within the organization's premises. Unlike SaaS solutions, On-Premise software requires businesses to purchase and maintain their own hardware infrastructure, as well as handle software installation and updates internally. Key characteristics of On-Premise estimating software include:

Control: On-Premise solutions offer businesses greater control over their software environment, as all data and applications are hosted internally. This level of control can be appealing to organizations with strict data security or compliance requirements.

Customization: On-Premise software solutions often provide greater flexibility for customization and integration with existing systems, allowing businesses to tailor the software to their specific needs and workflows.

Data Security: For businesses handling sensitive or confidential data, On-Premise solutions may offer greater peace of mind, as they have direct control over data storage and security measures.

Upfront Costs: Unlike SaaS solutions, On-Premise software typically requires a significant upfront investment in hardware, software licenses, and implementation costs. Additionally, businesses are responsible for ongoing maintenance and support expenses.

Choosing the Right Deployment Model

When deciding between SaaS and On-Premise estimating software, businesses must carefully evaluate their specific requirements, preferences, and constraints. Consider the following factors:

Budget: Assess your budget constraints and determine whether a predictable subscription-based model (SaaS) or upfront capital expenditure (On-Premise) aligns better with your financial objectives.

Accessibility and Mobility: Consider the importance of remote access and mobility for your team. If remote work is prevalent or if you require access from multiple locations, a SaaS solution may be more suitable.

Scalability: Evaluate your organization's growth projections and determine whether scalability is a critical factor. SaaS solutions offer seamless scalability, whereas On-Premise solutions may require additional investments in hardware and infrastructure as your business expands.

Security and Compliance: Assess your data security requirements and regulatory compliance obligations. Determine whether the level of control offered by an On-Premise solution is necessary to meet your security and compliance needs.\

Customization and Integration: Consider the level of customization and integration capabilities required to align the estimating software with your existing workflows and systems.

Choosing between SaaS and On-Premise estimating software involves careful consideration of factors such as accessibility, scalability, control, security, and cost. By evaluating your organization's specific needs and priorities, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your business objectives and sets you up for success in project estimation and management. Whether you opt for the flexibility of SaaS or the control of On-Premise, investing in the right estimating software deployment model can empower your team to deliver projects more efficiently and effectively.   

The Remodel Cloud team is first and foremost skilled technology consultant and would very much like to show and demonstrate the advantages of our SaaS solution.   Contact Remodel Cloud to learn more about both SaaS and on-premise solutions.





 In the competitive landscape of remodeling companies,
Remodel Cloud believes the success of sales teams hinges on their ability to effectively manage leads. Empowering sales teams with the right training and tools is crucial for driving growth and staying ahead of the competition. In this blog post, we'll explore the strategies and tools that remodeling companies can employ to empower their sales teams for efficient lead management.

Understanding the Sales Process:
Before diving into lead management strategies, it's essential for sales teams to have a solid understanding of the remodeling sales process. This includes everything from lead generation to closing the deal. By comprehensively understanding each stage, sales professionals can better tailor their approach to meet the needs of potential clients.

Product Knowledge Training:
A knowledgeable sales team is a confident sales team. Providing in-depth training on your company's remodeling services, products, and solutions equips sales professionals to address customer inquiries with authority. Whether it's understanding the intricacies of different materials or the latest trends in home design, product knowledge training is essential for building trust with potential clients.

Sales Techniques and Skills Training:
In addition to product knowledge, sales teams need to master essential sales techniques and skills. This includes active listening, objection handling, relationship building, and effective communication. Role-playing exercises and ongoing training sessions can help sharpen these skills and keep sales teams at the top of their game.

Lead Management Training:
Effective lead management is the cornerstone of successful sales operations. Sales teams should be trained on lead qualification criteria, lead nurturing strategies, follow-up protocols, and time management techniques. By implementing standardized processes, sales professionals can efficiently move leads through the sales pipeline while providing a personalized experience for each client.

CRM Tools:
Investing in a robust Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system is essential for streamlining lead management processes. CRM tools allow sales teams to track leads, manage customer interactions, schedule follow-ups, and analyze sales data. With features like lead scoring and automated workflows, CRM tools empower sales professionals to prioritize their efforts and focus on high-potential leads.

Proposal and Quoting Tools:
Creating professional-looking proposals and quotes is a time-consuming task for sales professionals. Utilizing specialized software can streamline this process, allowing sales teams to generate accurate proposals quickly. Look for tools that offer customization options, integration with CRM systems, and analytics capabilities to track proposal success rates.

Continuous Learning and Development:
Sales techniques and market trends evolve rapidly, making continuous learning essential for sales teams. Encourage ongoing education through industry conferences, webinars, and internal training sessions. By staying ahead of the curve, sales professionals can adapt their strategies to meet changing customer needs and market dynamics.

Feedback Mechanisms:
Lastly, establish feedback mechanisms to gather insights from sales teams regarding the effectiveness of training programs and the usability of sales tools. Soliciting feedback allows companies to identify areas for improvement and make data-driven decisions to optimize their sales enablement efforts.

Remodel Cloud and our partners believe that empowering sales teams with comprehensive training and cutting-edge tools is paramount for effective lead management in remodeling companies. By investing in the development of sales professionals and providing them with the resources they need to succeed, companies can drive growth, build lasting customer relationships, and stay ahead in a competitive market.






Are you a Design Build Remodeling Business, Handyman Service, General Contracting, or Specialty Trade company, you need to ensure profitability.  Your company must ensure that profitability is baked into every project and every estimate.

Successful businesses use both margins and markups in their pricing to ensure profitability. The choice between using margins or markups in pricing can depend on specific business practices and standards within the remodeling industry.  Understanding how to calculate either margins or markups is crucial for achieving financial success in the construction industry.

The first step, before margins or markups is to know your total job costs.   

"If you don't know your costs, you are going out of business.... you just don't know it yet!"     - Business Mentor 1999  

Accurate job costs are the result of an up to date cost book and a comprehensive estimating process.  Construction and Remodeling Estimating Software system help you manage cost books and automate the estimating process.   Software tools like Remodel Cloud will bake the profit margin into the estimate while giving the user the ability to control margins for specific jobs across labor, material , and other job costs.

Markup and margin represent different aspects of a business's financial performance. Here's a brief explanation of each:

  1. Markup:

    • Definition: Markup is the percentage difference between the cost of goods or services and their selling price. It is essentially the profit percentage added to the cost to determine the selling price.
    • Formula: Markup Percentage = ((Selling Price - Cost Price) / Cost Price) * 100
    • Example: If a product costs $50 to produce, and it is sold for $75, the markup percentage would be ((75 - 50) / 50) * 100 = 50%.
  2. Margin:

    • Definition: Margin, on the other hand, is the percentage difference between the selling price and the profit. It represents the portion of the selling price that is profit.
    • Formula: Profit Margin Percentage = ((Selling Price - Cost Price) / Selling Price) * 100
    • Example: Using the same example, if a product is sold for $75 and it cost $50 to produce, the profit margin would be ((75 - 50) / 75) * 100 = 33.33%.

In summary, markup is calculated based on the cost of goods, while margin is calculated based on the selling price. Both metrics are important for businesses to understand their pricing strategies and profitability.


Remodel Cloud's Margin Management helps
manage your financial needs ensuring your jobs are profitable and notifying you when your profit is in jeopardy.   Learn more by contacting
Remodel Cloud for demo to see exactly how Remodel Cloud's Margin and Project Management help ensure you are profitable.





Construction management software is streamlining and optimizing various aspects of construction projects from procurement of the initial sales lead to the project's final punchout list.

Let's start with sales. There are no construction or remodeling projects without sales. Sales teams contribute directly to the financial success and growth of the business by actively pursuing and closing deals. Construction management software systems should include all the tools you need for customer acquisition and relationship building. This includes tools to help track and manage the process of lead generation, lead qualification, prospect nurturing, and finally conversion to customers.


The heart of Construction Management Software is the estimating system. Software can make quick work of estimating and managing budgets for projects all while getting rid of those cumbersome spreadsheets. We can now effectively track expenses, manage changes orders, and monitor costs in real time reducing the risk of budget overruns or missed costs. Profit margin is an essential factor to consider when determining the overall project cost as well as keeping your business open. Advanced estimating software will build estimates based off of pre-determined margins allowing for regular reviews of your profit potential

Construction Management Software should provide a centralized platform for document storage, that include images, before-after pics, project plans, contracts, specifications and any other project digital media. Communication and collaboration among team members is also enhanced because project information is located in a single central location. You and your team can access real time project information from your office, your home, or in the field.

We need feedback and insight into our lead generation, sales process, and production process. Reporting can present data and information in structured and meaningful way that will aid decision-making and analysis. Reporting is an essential component in a Construction Management System.

By leveraging construction management software, contractors can enhance project visibility, improve collaboration, reduce administrative burdens, and ultimately deliver successful projects more efficiently. The financial benefits, cost savings, enhanced communications, time savings, and efficiency gains are tangible.

Please feel free to contact us Remodel Cloud (www.remodelcloud.com) if you would like know more about estimating software or  construction management software solutions.