Estimate Writing Services

Symbility And Xactimate Estimate Writing

Symbility and Xactimate Estimate Writing

As an estimate writer, Mark Craney brings unique experience and capabilities to the party. Having written over 10,000 Xactimate estimates and supplements, Mark Craney brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

While owning a GC firm specializing in Insurance Restoration with offices in 3 States, Mark wrote all the estimates and supplements for the company. Why? Because it is such a crucial part of achieving a high level of profitability. Mark also gained tremendous hands on experience while in the field project managing a wide array of construction projects.

How Can You Write a Good Estimate If You Don’t Understand the Intricacies of the Build Process?

Mark’s estimate writing philosophy is simple. Write for every legitimate item where cost is incurred by the contractor. Forego fluff and gouging which most often have a negative effect when discussions with the Adjuster occur. Competence, facts, attention to detail, ethics and integrity are Mark’s trademark.

Given the recent increasing popularity of Symbility, Mark has learned to skillfully create estimates with this tool. Many Contractors believe Symbility estimates are lower than those written in Xactimate. Mark has found, when written properly, Symbility estimates end up with very similar results to estimates written in Xactimate. It’s the Indian, not the Arrow.

Process for requesting an estimate/supplement:

  • Provide a quality roof and/or walls (for siding or exterior painting) measurement report.
  • Provide photos, CompanyCam Collaboration Link preferred. If CompanyCam is not used by your company, a CompanyCam link can be provided for you to upload photos to. Photos are essential to optimize your estimate and should include a minimum of 4 elevation photos and photos of the rooftop. More detailed elevation photos should be provided for siding or exterior painting projects.
  • A copy of the Insurance Paper Work (the insurance estimate or scope of loss) if available. If not available, the Insurance Company name and claim number (again, if available).
  • If the photos do not clearly show the roof vents and penetrations count, a scope sheet listing these items will be needed.
  • Any additional notes or information we need to know in order to create a complete, detailed estimate.
  • When possible provide XML or ESX files.
  • Send information in one email to 


Lead times for estimates varies from 2 to 7 work days dependent on workload at that time. Contact for emergency expedited services when the need arises, available for a modest additional fee. All roofing, exterior repairs (Siding, Gutters, Windows, etc.) and interior estimates are well within the realm of Mark’s expertise. We do not offer Commercial Estimating at this time aside from smaller properties with Asphalt Shingle roofs. 

Your estimate will be created as if you wrote it. Please provide your company name, contact info, logo in .jpg format and your project manager’s contact information with your first job.

Estimating Rates

Xactimate Roof Only:  $150 up to 25 sq, $25 for each additional 25 sq. Example: 68 sq roof, estimating fee $200.

Symbility Roof Only: $175 up to 25 sq, $25 for each additional 25 sq. Example: 68 sq roof, estimating fee $225.

Siding: $75 first elevation, $55 for each additional elevation estimated.

Interior: $75 first room, $60 each additional room. We do not do water mitigation or fire claims.

Roof estimate prices are for composition or standard laminated shingles. Designer shingles, metal and exotic roof materials (Tile, Slate, Wood Shake, etc.) are higher and will be quoted on an individual basis.

Additional Trades: $25 to $50, varies on complexity and the amount of time required.

Sketching included for interior. Sketching required for roofs, elevations or other trades will be an additional charge.

Includes Restoration AI Report, One Click Code Report and Restoration AI Cheat Sheets.

Payment due within 48 hours of 1st delivered estimate and prior to any requested revisions being provided.  Additional revisions required through no fault of the Restoration AI Estimator may be charged for.