Top 10 tips: How to win over high value customers

Want high value customers with profitable extension or new build projects? Then you need to know their likes and dislikes. First off, what you think customers look for in a builder and what they actually look for are two very different things, so making assumptions is a risky business. We work with Better Business Group…

The HBXL Estimating Service for internal works and extensions

Estimating Service for internal works and extensions helps builders provide professional estimates whilst busy elsewhere. One of the many benefits of using the HBXL Estimating Service for internal works and extensions estimating is that builders and developers can get their 100% accurate estimates and quotes produced whilst they are working elsewhere. Builders can rest assured…

Our exposé on inaccurate quoting

A builder who uses both HBXL’s EstimatorXpress software and our Estimating Service, was offered a free estimate by his local builders’ merchant. The deal involved the fee being returned to him if he went on to buy the materials from them. So, curious, he decided to get them to price the job – he reasoned…

Soaring material price rises highlight need to stay on top of costs

Research from the FMB in 2017 reported soaring material prices with 32% of builders reporting their margin being squeezed. Small building firms were asked which materials have increased the most and the results were as follows: Timber Insulation Bricks Blocks Windows Plasterboard / Slate (joint sixth) Boilers and radiators Porcelain products As you can see, the…

What powers our accurate, professional-looking estimates?

There are lots of estimating services out there; a mix of one-man-bands and larger businesses, some based in the UK, some using estimators overseas. But there’s only one company producing estimates here in the UK using EstimatorXpress software, and that’s the HBXL Estimating Service. And we’ve plenty of examples where our professional-looking quotes have been…

Ever wondered why building firms give their jobs to our Estimating Service?

You may or may not be surprised by the reasons… “I just don’t have the time to do it myself” It’s a vicious circle. You need to get the work in to do the work, and when you’re doing the work you haven’t got time to get the work in. Something has to give if…