Q: How do I use the software?
A: Just open the spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel or any compatible program and you’re ready to enter data.
Q: What’s the difference between the Free and Premium editions?
A: Both editions are fully functional, but you cannot edit and change work items on the free edition. You can easily modify any items or categories on the Premium Spreadsheet, and can customize the worksheet if you are proficient with Excel. You can download the free edition here.
Q: What’s the difference between the Original version and the Unit-Pricing version?
A. The new Unit-Pricing Spreadsheet has all the features of the original program, but adds quantity take-offs. You can estimate each item by the linear foot, square foot, or whatever unit you choose. View Sample Unit-Pricing Spreadsheet.
Q: Can I reuse the spreadsheet for multiple jobs?
A: Yes, you can use the spreadsheet as many times as you like. You can easily edit or add work items to match the job with the Premium edition. Make sure you make a safe backup copy of the original file!
Q: Can I edit or add new work items?
A: Yes, you can edit work items and categories in the Premium edition. You can also add up to five new work items in each category and one new work category, for a total of over 350 line items.
Q: Will I receive the Password to customize the spreadsheet?
A: Yes, you will receive the password to unprotect the worksheet when you purchase the Premium edition. You only need the password if you wish to modify the worksheet. Always make a backup copy first!
Q: Are there monthly fees or additional charges?
A: No. You have full access to the software and can use it an unlimited amount of times.
Q: How will I get my downloads?
A: Once your transaction is processed, you should receive a purchase confirmation and email. Both include links to download the Spreadsheet and Instructions. The receipt should arrive within a minute or two, but may take a little longer. Once you download the files, save them to your hard drive, flash drive, or cloud storage. Make safe BACKUP COPIES of the original files.
Q: What if I don’t receive my email receipt?
A: First check your Junk Mail folder. If after an hour, the receipt has not arrived, your receipt may have been blocked by your email provider. Or your PayPal transaction did not complete. Please contact email@example.com. We will respond as quickly as possible, usually within a few hours, and make sure you receive your spreadsheets.
Q: What if I don’t have a PayPal account?
A: You can use PayPal even if you don’t have an active account. If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can email you the software and invoice you to pay by check.
Q: How do I receive a refund?
A: If at any time, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply request a refund by email at email@example.com. Your full purchase price will be gladly refunded via PayPal as soon as possible — in most cases within a few hours, but no more than 24 hrs. Any feedback on how the product could be improved would be greatly appreciated.
Q: What software do I need to use the Estimating & Budgeting Worksheet?
A: The Worksheet will work with any version of MS Excel 2003 or later, which is a part of the Microsoft Office suite. It will also work with any program compatible with Excel, such as Numbers for Mac (free on MacBooks) and OpenOffice (a free download from www.openoffice.org).
Q: How do I launch the spreadsheet?
A: Simply double-click on the file, BA_Estimating_Worksheet_3.2.2.xls. If this does not work, then first open Excel, Numbers, or OpenOffice; then use File>Open to open the spreadsheet.
Q: Can I hide rows or columns that I’m not using?
A: Yes, this makes the spreadsheet more manageable and easier to print. You can find detailed information of hiding and unhiding rows and columns in the Instructions you receive with the spreadsheet. Hiding rows or columns will not affect the formulas. However, deleting rows or columns can cause problems.
Q: Why do see ###### in a cell where I should see a number?
A: This means the number is too long for the cell width. The solution is to reduce the type size or to increase the cell width. To reduce the type size, click on the HOME button at top, left; then choose a smaller type size in the FONT section. To increase the cell width, select the entire column by clicking on the letter (A, B, C, etc.) along the top row. Then right-click and increase the cell width number by 1 to 3, or as needed, or click-and-drag the top cell in the row.
Q: How do I print the spreadsheet?
A: Printing is the same as with any Excel worksheet. To simplify printing, many users first save the spreadsheet as a PDF, then print. First select the portion of the worksheet you wish to print (by highlighting), then choose File>SaveAs, and choose PDF under “Save as Type.” If you want to save and print the entire worksheet, then there’s no need to select a portion.