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Contents Packout, Estimating & Invoice Strategies Workshop

Do you know how to stage a packout after a water or fire loss? How many people should show up? When should they come? This 2-day workshop will teach owners, contents managers, packout managers, and lead techs how to perform a successful packout and how to properly compile and write out estimates and invoices.


Product Information

This is a class about how to make more money doing contents restoration.

Every day, contractors do packouts and repeat the same costly mistakes because the wrong business model is used. Come and learn the fix for the problem!

Writing a simple consistent contents estimate with Xactimate™ gets easier when you have a template to use. You’ll leave the class with an ability to create a cleaning estimate in minutes on a spreadsheet based on your real costs, sample cleaning estimate, and an Xactimate™ macro template that will save you hours of work. You’ll also receive new tools on how to manage, train, and grow your staff with increased productivity.

Whether you’re just getting started in contents or a proven service provider with a state of the art facility you’ll leave this class with new tools to help take you to increased bottom line profit.


General Class Outline

Day 1: Packout training - Staging an Efficient Packout

A properly executed packout is essential to profitability and sets the stage for fast efficient processing back at the warehouse. Transitioning from a manual cleaning operation to state of the art assembly line processing involves the implementation of a new business model. Regardless of what equipment you may or may not own currently, applying the strategies shared in this class will substantially improve the efficiency of your contents operations.

Major topics include:

  • The four types of packouts and when to utilize them
  • Understanding the problems associated with packouts
  • Creating a professional inventory strategy
  • Software utilization for accurate inventory management
  • Collecting the right data from the field—time and units by process
  • Tags/boxes/and total loss items overview
  • Item categorization—packing for process
  • Enhancing inventory and packing labor efficiency
  • Proper inventory staging and packout sequence
  • Cartage, vault, and van pack/transport team duties
  • Managing multiple teams on the same job
  • The division of labor duties and responsibilities
  • Supplies for efficiency


Day 2: The Money Side - Estimating, Xactimate™ Strategies and Invoice Composition

Virtually everyone uses Xactimate™ to write estimates and invoices. However, few understand how to properly compile a simple and organized document that will allow the adjuster to process and pay the claim without the drama of excessive negotiations.

This class shows estimators how to produce clear concise estimating documents that are easy to write and understand. These estimates/invoices get paid faster and allow adjusters to close the claim quickly. A working knowledge of how to navigate within XactimateTM is beneficial. This is core training for Fireline/RedStar certification.

Major topics include:

  • The four basic elements of estimating
  • Controlling estimate variables
  • Simplified estimating methodology
  • Inventory categorizing essentials for effective estimating
  • Time and material or unit price estimates
  • Controlling costs and time budget metrics
  • Design and structure of the estimate
  • Wording for concise documentation
  • Data collection—obtaining the right information from the field
  • When to invoice
  • Estimating consistency


Contents class registration:

Registration must be done through Fireline.

Class Schedule

Class date Class Location Instructor Price
Mar. 3, 2020 - Mar. 4, 2020 Atlanta, GA Davis $685
Apr. 14, 2020 - Apr. 15, 2020 Portland, OR Davis $685
Apr. 21, 2020 - Apr. 22, 2020 Langhorne, PA Davis $685
May 5, 2020 - May 6, 2020 Tampa Bay, FL Davis $685
Aug. 18, 2020 - Aug. 19, 2020 Union City, CA Davis $685
Sep. 15, 2020 - Sep. 16, 2020 St. Louis, MO Davis $685
Sep. 29, 2020 - Sep. 30, 2020 Seattle, WA Davis $685
Oct. 13, 2020 - Oct. 14, 2020 Roselle, IL Davis $685
Oct. 27, 2020 - Oct. 28, 2020 Dallas, TX Davis $685

*Discounts applied for multiple students from the same company.