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Last Post 09/17/2018 11:08 AM by  PMcMahon
Best Xactimate 27 Macros?
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Braden$2
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07/12/2011 10:41 PM

    Does anyone know where I can get some good Xactimate macros that will work with Xact 27?

     

    I know you can buy them somewhere but cant find where?

     

    Any help would help!

    Tim_Johnson
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    07/14/2011 7:22 PM
    The best macros you can have are the ones you create yourself. That way you know what they contain and what the names mean, such as "wet_pop_ceil" which means wet popcorn ceiling. I bought the 100 macro CD off of here, 39.95 I think, and I never used them.
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    07/15/2011 9:44 AM

    If you cannot  create your own macros, do you know enough to create an estimate or just enough to cut and paste some elses work. I am reviewing a lot of contractors estimates, the ones who use a lot of macros, tend to leave in or leave out items.

    I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like his passengers.
    Braden$2
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    07/15/2011 4:25 PM
    Well macros does cut down on time. You can add and delete items faster and you do not have to bring them up.
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    07/15/2011 11:14 PM

    No one would claim that marcos are not a help, but if you cannot build your own do you really have a clue how to estimate? The fact you did not understand my comment speaks volumes.

    I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like his passengers.
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    07/16/2011 1:53 PM

     You are getting advise from two adjusters that have closed thousands of loss over many years. Learn from them.I have never been able to delete any junk that was in a estimate fast. It always seemed to take me twice as long to make sure it would print out the correct estimate.

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    09/11/2018 8:42 AM
    I know this is a very old post, but I just had to add in.

    Sharing Macros can be a bad idea, BUT it also can help. Learning from others that have been through this is a great tool. Why not see how others put their macros together, or start with a shared macro and change it to one that works for you.

    The assistant coach learns plays from the head coach, so when the assistant coach becomes a head coach, should he not look at his old playbook and improve from there?
    Sorry for the sports medaphor, football season is here
    PMcMahon
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    09/17/2018 11:08 AM

    I'll help resurrect this dead thread...

    It's also educational to look at estimates done by a Public Adjuster to see all the possible things they throw in there. Hmmm.  Why didn't I think to include testing for asbestos, inventorying every item in the house, and pressure washing the driveway?  There's a Florida PA who includes those in every estimate.  Appropriate for some claims, but might just be negotiable items in most cases.

    When I starting doing Hurricane Irma claims for Tile roofs in Florida, I asked for a macro because I knew shingle roof construction but not tile roofs.  I was pretty much told that if I didn't know how to write a macro, that I didn't know what I was doing.  Well, that's why I asked. 

    Long story, short: I wrote about a dozen tile roof estimates (many were kicked back) and spoke to a half-dozen roofers about building techniques and building codes before I got the basics of tile roofs.  

    Would I have saved getting those files kicked back if I had a macro?  Or would I have taken longer to learn the construction techniques?  Clearly the old-timers have their opinion, but I can understand your point about seeing the playbook and learning their tricks.

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