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Crenellated Roof

https://youtu.be/WgoX1-jdCd4 One of the people that follow this channel sent over this style of roof to see how to Sketch it. It was a fun challenge and I hope you learn some good takeaways from the steps needed to recreate this custom roof! For more info on my...

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Transom Window

https://youtu.be/AdLpdql0oIQ Placing a window over a door in Xactimate Sketch can be frustrating as it appears you cannot add the window. However, if you go to 3D view, you'll be able to add the window over the door with no issues. In this video, I show exactly how to...

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Finding New Line Items

https://youtu.be/OlsSYF0Hsrk There have been many times when I don't know what a material is called in Xactimate, so I've had to get creative over the years to find what I need in the software. There are 2 underutilized search areas that most people overlook that are...

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Sunken Room with Multiple Stairs

https://youtu.be/wKhEhcjngtk I had previously released a video showing how to "sink" a room in relation to the rest of the floorplan. Some of you reached out and asked how to create multiple steps down into the sunken room. I use an unconventional tactic to accomplish...

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Sink A Family Room

https://youtu.be/MltGjCXFmrU It seems like sinking a room in relation to the rest of the home would be difficult in Xactimate, but it actually takes just a few clicks to move the room downward to create the "sunken" look! For even more fun, you can sink the room a few...

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BEST App for Photos

https://youtu.be/q81UpG2TZUw Learn how to capture, store and share photos easily with your team and the adjuster using my new favorite app: CompanyCam. In this Live interview, Michael from CompanyCam shows you how simple and easy it is to take the photos, annotate and...

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See Totals for a Specific Trade

https://youtu.be/mhal1kcxi6M Have you ever wondered how you could just see one trade's labor and materials in Xacimate? There's several ways to isolate either labor or materials, or both in the program. In this video I show how to use the Estimate Items screen to...

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Sketch a Staircase

https://youtu.be/td08dflVryE Staircases can be frustrating and time consuming to Sketch in Xactimate if you don't know which staircase tool is the easiest to use. There are several "pre-built" staircases along with the "custom" staircase tool....which one is the best...

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Create Revised Line Items

https://youtu.be/lJFH2WLiM8M Have you ever seen an estimate where the RCV column had a word rather than the pricing, i.e. REVISED or CODE UPGRADE? That means the estimator is using what's called a Pricing Note in Xactimate on the line item to zero out the pricing, yet...

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Ready to Write a Roof Estimate in 30 Seconds or Less?

https://youtu.be/CId0YftlbfY This is a Facebook Live Video showing Geomni's new Image to Scope tool that auto Sketches, auto detects the roof materials and auto adds your roof accessories in just a few clicks. Let me know what your thoughts are on this new tech in the...

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How to Create a Fireplace in Sketch

https://youtu.be/LK1kU-f4dFE I've been asked multiple times how to create a fireplace with a chimney and how to create a floor opening so that the stairs can come up through the second floor. If you've wondered how to create these areas, then this video is for you! I...

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3D Image an Entire Loss and Get the Sketch

https://youtu.be/3kF_g-QIZ5k What if I said you could measure the interior of a building, completely document the damage and show where each and every piece of Homeowner's contents belonged, all in one shot? Join me as I speak with Tomer Poran from Matterport about...

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Use Tokens to Create a Template Doc

https://youtu.be/ARK7RbAAqaQ I have been asked multiple times to create a video on how to use Tokens in a Word document to save time creating form letters that play well with Xactimate. I have to give credit to one of our members of the XM8 Mastery group for showing...

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Sketch A Saltbox Roof

https://youtu.be/mA9dk7dF3YY I have been asked several times to demonstrate a Saltbox roof, so here's the steps to Sketch this odd style of roof. The key is to lock the pitch and the rafter lengths on the correct slopes so that you may pull out the slope that is...

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Find Report Differences

https://youtu.be/VE5ZIG7nRq8 Have you ever wondered why an adjuster's estimate was slightly different in price than yours? There's many factors that go into price differences and you can see them all by running what's called a Differences Report in Xactimate. You have...

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Xactimate Sketch FAIL

https://youtu.be/5_lRIncyOtY Did you know that when you switch to a Tray style ceiling in a room with rounded walls that Xactimate won't play ball? I learned the hard way while in a Sketching competition and wracked my brain trying to figure out a way around the...

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