Estimating & Budgeting Spreadsheet is available free as an Excel spreadsheet (.xls) and a Word document (.doc). The construction estimating software includes formulas to track cost estimates, actual costs, variances, payments, and balances due.
Most builders prefer spreadsheets over more complicated estimating software. You can use the BuildingAdvisor spreadsheet to estimate and track costs for both building and remodeling projects. Uses include:
Checklist for budgeting: Make sure all important items on the list are accounted for in your preliminary budget
Checklist for estimating: Make sure all items get into your detailed estimate
Tracking estimated vs. actual costs for each line item (called “job costing”)
Tracking payments and amount due to all vendors and subcontractor
Download Free ESTIMATING WORKSHEET (.xls) to use with Excel to calculate costs and track expenses.
Download Free ESTIMATING WORKSHEET (.doc) for a printable “read-only” estimating worksheet.)