Exterior estimating software\u00a0has come a long way in the last\u00a0decade, and both contractors and insurance adjusters\u00a0are reaping\u00a0the benefits.\u00a0The technology\u00a0has become so reliable, that\u00a0scampering\u00a0about\u00a0on a steep\u00a0roof and\u00a0slogging around in the rain with a tape measure\u00a0and soggy notepad are\u00a0becoming a thing of the past.We sat down with a long-time insurance adjuster and\u00a0also\u00a0spoke with the folks at EagleView, one of the principal players in the estimating software industry. If exteriors are your thing, here is how you can take advantage of this high-tech tool.What Is\u00a0Geospatial Technology?Geospatial technology is a fancy way of saying mapping. The companies that have created geospatial estimating software can achieve are achieving an incredible level of accuracy by using images captured by satellites, airplanes, and drones.How Does\u00a0Geospatial Estimating Software\u00a0Work?First, you let the estimating company know which house you want\u00a0an estimate\u00a0report\u00a0on, usually by placing a marker on an aerial view map.\u00a0Next, you tell them what\u00a0type of report you want:\u00a0roofing, siding, windows, etc.\u00a0 You also supply what type of details you need: size, size and material list, size material list and images, etc. And that\u2019s it. The folks at the estimating company do the rest.EagleView guarantees that you will receive the report within 48 hours. But the adjuster we spoke with said that he received 90 percent of the reports the next day, some the same day. EagleView and one or two others also work directly with Xactware, the industry-standard estimating software that calculates material and labor costs. In some cases a full estimate can take as little as 10 or 15 minutes.What Are the Advantages of Using Estimating Software?It takes less time (a few clicks on a keyboard)No scheduled meetings with homeownersIt’s easyYou don\u2019t have to get up on a steep, dangerous roofYou don’t have to deal with angry pets or wet weatherIt results in accurate bidsIt builds customer confidenceIt can be used as a record to dispute insurance claims (both ways)Where Does Estimating Software Work?Homes built beneath heavy tree coverage can present a challenge for estimating softwares. But EagleView claims they have over 500 million images, capturing around 98 percent of the homes in the United States.How Accurate\u00a0Is\u00a0Geospatial\u00a0Estimating Software?The adjuster we spoke to said that one of the large insurance companies he worked for ordered an EagleView report on every storm damage claim. But they still required the adjusters to double-check by measuring the longest section of roof ridge and one of the longer eaves. He said that in the hundreds of reports he\u2019s ordered, none of them were off by more than a few inches. That\u2019s amazing!Who Is Using Geospatial Estimating Software?GovernmentsInsurance\u00a0companiesSiding,\u00a0gutter,\u00a0window, and\u00a0roofing\u00a0contractorsCommercial real estate agentsWho Are the Players?Our adjuster friend\u00a0said that\u00a0Geomni, Hover,\u00a0and\u00a0EagleView\u00a0were the three he used most.How Much Does\u00a0a\u00a0Geospatial Estimate\u00a0Cost?The more details a plan contains the more money it costs, but an average report\u00a0cost\u00a0about $60-$80. You don\u2019t need to be a construction conglomerate to afford that price.\u00a0Some estimating software companies offer monthly plans for those who generate\u00a0a whole bunch of\u00a0reports.