BuildingAdvisor.com® is now offering for just $19.95 a premium edition of its popular Estimating & Budgeting Spreadsheet – easy to customize for any building project. Easily add or edit Work Items, and format or modify worksheet as needed –Password Included. Includes Detailed Instructions, Estimating Checklist, and Estimating Tips & Techniques eBook. Requires Excel 2003 or later. Tracks & Calculates:
• Labor & Material Estimates
• Labor & Material Actual Costs
• Variances Between Estimate and Actual (Job-Costing)
• Amounts Paid and Due to Vendors and Subs
• Percent Completion of Each Work Item
• Over 350 Work Items – Customize for Any Job
• Unlimited Use – No Additional Costs
Most builders and remodelers prefer simple spreadsheets over complex and costly estimating software. This simple but powerful tool shows where estimates were high or low (Job Costing), the key to accurate estimates.
Choose either the original Estimating Spreadsheet or the new Unit-Pricing version . This includes all the functions of the Estimating Spreadsheet Plus Quantity Take-Offs. Which version is right for me?
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I’ve been using the spreadsheet for about 3 months. If you’re familiar with Excel, it’s simple to use with almost no learning curve. Covers all the basics and gets the job done. So far, I’m happy with the product.
I spent a lot of time trying to create my own estimating spreadsheet with mixed success. Have also tried a few of the free ones, but they were buggy. With a little customization, this one has worked well for our company. The job-costing feature has turned up a few surprises that has helped us fine-tune our estimates. Thanks for a great, simple estimator.
I recently purchased the Estimating Worksheet and already have found it an invaluable tool. I am a small builder with one full time employee and a number of sub-contractors. Even though I am highly proficient in Excel as you no doubt would be aware that finding the time to create spreadsheets and running the business can be very difficult. The costs involved having an outside contractor come up with what I require in a spreadsheet can be very prohibitive and normally the end product is still not satisfactory. Combining what I have already put together and your spreadsheet gives me a very good base. I also use the Itemized Bid Worksheet master form. It is all that I require since it is an easy matter to fill in the blanks for each part of a project.
I love how easy it is to use! I recommend it very much!
I’ve found the premium version of this estimating program to be a good fit for my remodeling jobs and additions. It’s simple to use and does everything I need. I also do a lot of insurance work where I use Xactimate, the industry standard for insurance repair, Xactimate is great, but overkill for my non-insurance jobs. Thanks, for a great program that gets the job done.
I have been using the free version for awhile, but wanted more flexibility – especially the ability to customize.. I also just wanted to pay something for your work. It is worth much more but I understand it is hard to get consumers to purchase something in today’s web world of freebies. People just don’t understand how much time is involved in creating spreadsheets and compiling pages of content. By the way, thanks for all the work you have put into the site, it is a great resource for builders and consumers as well.
I’ve used this estimator on several jobs in residential and light commercial and like it overall. It’s a big improvement over the home-made spreadsheet I was using and pretty easy to customize. I’ve never found a system that perfectly fits the way I estimate, so I don’t’ mind making the chages I need. I’ve also tried the high-end integrated systems, but they seemed like overkill for my needs and impossible to customize. Right out of the box (well, there is no box), you can be cranking out fast, accurate estimates in no time.
As a custom home builder, working up an accurate budget is not something I look forward to, but this spreadsheet makes a difficult process almost easy. It's very comprehensive, so the chance of me overlooking a line item is almost zero, especially with the customizable version. I even had a client's bank tell me that my budget was more detailed and complete than any they'd seen. And email support is fast and friendly. For my business, this spreadsheet is perfect.
Thank You, Steve Bliss!
We had a mishap with downloading the software. Steve corrected the situation.
Excellent spreadsheet. Can't thank you enough!
I have been looking for spreadsheets prepared like that for a long time !
Thanks For the great work! Cant wait to start using them!
Really enjoying the use of your spreadsheet. I have spread the word with a few of my fellow contractors and they love it too.
However, I find it limiting as I cannot share the worksheets with others.. Is there a way that I can be able to send it to my bookkeeper to work on and update budgets as I go through projects; she would need it to be writable.
Also wondering the about sending the worksheets to clients on coast-plus contracts; They would not need it to be writable.
Good Day Steve,
Thanx for creating the spreadsheet on Estimating & Budgeting. Your instructions were informative, easy to use and laid out for easy editing/additions. That was regarding the spreadsheet.
This second part is regarding you as an individual. I am mentioning this simply because it is a rare thing nowadays. When purchasing your spreadsheet, it indicated an error with payment via PayPal. So, I used a second card and that was successful. However, shortly after, I received an email from Steve at BuildingAdvisor stating that I was being refunded the amount of my second purchase. I did not realize that the original card i used had actually being charged.
I personally want to thank you for being the man you are. Our Aba in the heavens certainly has great things in store for you. Thank You, again, Kelsie
Have used the your estimating spreadsheets for about six months. Mostly use the standard one, but the unit pricing version is ideal for jobs that I price that way. Over time, I hope to develop unit pricing for more types of work. It was a big improvement when I discovered you could hide the parts of the spreadsheet you didn’t need. Who knew that reading the instructions would be useful…