Residential Estimating

Designed for the field adjuster, desk examiner and restoration contractor handling all levels of dwelling damage estimating.

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Course information



2 weeks

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June 10 – 21, 2024 (Week 2 offered with hybrid option)
July 15 – 26, 2024
August 12 – 23, 2024 (Week 2 offered with hybrid option)
September 16 – 27, 2024

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This two week course is part 2 of the 3 week Property Adjusting course. The best value is to enroll in the full 3 week course.

Vale is now offering select courses with a hybrid option*.

The Residential Estimating course is delivered virtually most months but once per quarter we offer a hybrid option. The hybrid format allows for the initial portion of the course to be delivered virtually with the final week providing an option for students to continue virtually or join us at our Arlington, TX facility to experience our claims house, framing displays, mock-ups and classroom materials. Students choosing the classroom-based delivery will travel to our Arlington, TX facility to get hands-on training along with extra time with the instructor.

*Hybrid option – Student chooses in the final week of the program to continue with the virtual format or travel to or Arlington, TX facility to experience live, hands-on training. Lunch will be provided each day for students.

Designed for: Designed for the field adjuster, desk examiner, public adjuster and restoration contractor handling all levels of dwelling damage estimating.

Key Learning Objective: This two-week class teaches students how to scope and prepare thorough and accurate estimates on residential dwelling damage using their choice of leading automated estimating systems. All phases of residential construction are introduced including framing, windows and doors, interior and exterior finishes, roofing and mechanical systems. Class discussion includes material identification, nomenclature, measurement, damages, repair versus replacement, and unit cost analyses. Hands-on scoping and estimating exercises are incorporated into the instruction.

The emphasis is on learning to prepare complete, detailed and accurate estimates on damaged dwellings. After successfully completing this course, the student will have the skills and knowledge to prepare a complete and accurate electronic estimate for minor to moderate interior and exterior residential dwelling damage.


Attendees must be capable of operating Windows-based programs. Sponsors will need to indicate estimating program selection at the time of Registration.


Definitions, Estimating, Scoping 
Diagramming, Trades, Tools 

Rough Carpentry
Floors, Walls, Roofs 

Plaster, Drywall, Ceilings, Paneling 

Trim, Cabinets, Countertops, Stairs

Doors, Windows, Glass
Types and Materials 

Wood, Tile, Vinyl, Carpet 

Paint, Wallpaper 
Restoration, Deodorizing 

Siding, Trim, Soffits 
Gutters, Fences 

Roof Styles, Materials 

Concrete, Block, Brick 
Chimneys, Stucco 

Types, Insulation, Ductwork 

Rough and Finish 
Water Heaters 
Supply, Containment, Drain 

Service, Fixtures 

Estimating exercises that cover damages resulting from fire, water, wind, hail, hurricanes, collision and ensuing losses. 

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