Whether you're creating your construction schedule from scratch or using a construction schedule template for Excel like our free Gantt construction schedule template, it’s only going to be as good as the information you enter into it.
It’s important for you to understand what information should be included to create a construction schedule template in Excel ahead of time. If you’re not sure, or just need a refresher, you can check out our article on how to create a construction schedule and 4 things to know before using a construction schedule template, which covers everything you need to know.
Once you have everything you need you’re on your way to getting your construction schedule created … but how do you actually create it? We've outlined the step-by-step instructions (with images) on how to get started with creating a construction schedule using Excel below.
Building your construction schedule in Excel is a combination of spreadsheet know-how and construction knowledge. You likely have the latter covered, so here are the steps to help you start creating a schedule template in Excel:
From here, you’ll just fill in your project data and tasks and make any design changes that you need to make.
Delays in construction are inevitable and they can wreak havoc on your project timeline. Not to mention, you now need to adjust each item and dependency on your schedule to account for the change.
Using construction scheduling software can save you a ton of time and headache when it comes to delays. Check out the quick video below to see it in action and then signup for a free trial of BuildBook to try it yourself.
With your construction schedule template now complete with data, you can show selected tasks or project milestones in Excel using a SmartArt graphic timeline. Even after you create the timeline it allows you to add events and change layouts and styles, so feel free to get creative.
If you don’t like any of the schedule templates that Excel has to offer, download our free construction Gantt chart. It’s easy-to-use and created by builders just like you.
Prefer to use Google Sheets? Then check out our article on how to create a construction schedule template in Google Sheets.
Better yet, sign up for a free 10-day trial of BuildBook and use one of our project templates to create your entire schedule in less than 3 minutes. With drag-and-drop simplicity, you can customize your schedule to fit your project in less time than it takes to open Excel.