You are welcome, and thank you for your order. Re: 3RStimax (originally entitled 3RS MAXtimate - ISO, Inc./Xactware, apparently so threatend by the program that they actually hijacked part of the name (Maxtimate) and registered it as a domain name owned by them in May of 2011). Far too many contractors operate under the misperception and the myth that XM8 in particular is the "industry standard" for estimating ins repair work and must be utilized when submitting repair pricing quotes to P&C ins co's. My take, as always, is that, while XM8 and similar may be the P&C insurance industry standard, it is not, has never been and will never be the construction industry standard. I'm not the least bit interested in some P&C employee telling me how to submit my repair quotes or how I should price my work.
Some contractors, such as AD who can put together one of the best looking and effective XM8 estimates I've ever seen, prefer XM8 and I respect his/their preference. For myself however, my rebellious, non-conformist mindset - combined with a highly refined BS detector, cause me to take a different approach, one that has never resulted in any of my estimates being rejected - including the latest one I put together for a local contractor who needed some help on this relatively recent claim:
Recently, a local 3RSystems, LLC certified contractor who had been using the "industry standard" estimating program asked me to help him on a roofing and siding claim. The first thing I suggested he do is set aside that program that he thought he had to use and instead, figure his quote on 3RStimax™. In order to help him better understand, in its simplicity, the power and effectiveness of 3RStimax™, I agreed to handle the estimating for him. The insurance company had originally offered $23,500 for the job. I submitted my 3RStimax™ quote at full RTA. The claim rep emailed me back saying they would pay no more than the original $23,500 - then did pay more, then refused to pay O&P (100%) - then did pay O&P at 100%, then refused to pay any more, then did pay substantially more - for a total job price of $35,700! Paid in full with full O&P!
No pictures, no addl docs, no Eagleview or Pictometry, no CAD drawings, etc. Just the 3RStimax!
My feeling on the subject... burcos.com/tough.htm My take anyway and while it may appear somewhat to overtly combative (as if ins adjusters in general are not), it's always been effective and profitable. AND, many of the adjusters I came across over time, knowing my approach, were much more respectful, were much easier to work with and typically paid far better.