Note: Please check your Junk Mail folder if you do not receive your download email after purchasing.
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 Worksheet, and can customized 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 add new work items?
A: Yes, you can add up to five new work items in each category and one new work category in both the free or premium edition, for a total of over 350 line items.
Q: Can I customize the Worksheet?
A: Yes, the Premium edition comes with the password to unprotect the Worksheet, allowing you to make changes. You should only do this if you are proficient with Excel as it is easy to introduce errors to the formulas.
Q: Are there monthly fees or additional charges?
N: 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 will receive an email with links to download the Spreadsheet, Instructions, Estimating Checklist, and Estimating Tips. 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 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 ten minutes, the receipt has not arrived, your transaction probably did not process at PayPal. Please contact email@example.com. We will respond as quickly as possible, usually within a few hours. You may also cancel your current transaction at PayPal and try to make another purchase.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 programs that emulate 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_2.2.2.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.
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.