Estimating Construction Costs Like a BuildBook Pro

Preparing construction costs for projects can be a daunting task, so we’ve created a free online template for any general or specialty contractor to prepare cost estimates quickly and professionally to win more business. 

Estimating construction costs has never been easier. Quickly assemble everything you need in just a few minutes.

We’ve laid out the plans so you can simply plugin your construction scope and itemizations for completing a successful project. The template for estimating construction costs is flexible and can be used by contractors, home builders, remodelers, designers, and anyone preparing construction estimates.

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This all-in-one construction estimating template has been designed by BuildBook with built-in formulas and calculations to allow you to look forward to sending out estimates, having the confidence that you’ve got a team behind you with tools built exactly for your trade... and it's completely free!

Introduction to the Free Template for Estimating Construction Costs

The template for estimating construction costs breaks down all the key components of a professional estimate and proposal for new and existing clients. It lays out all the information required to carefully calculate a cost that will set client expectations and manage profit margins. The template is reusable as a Google Sheet, so you can format it easily and work on quotes from your truck, office, or anywhere with Internet access. Make a copy to prepare another quote and reuse your past work to quickly move forward on your next project.

What’s Included In Template for Estimating Construction Costs

  1. Instructions that will guide you through the entire process
  2. Predefined inputs for setting up your business identity, logo, and client contact information
  3. Easy-fill itemizations for every unit of work required for the project
  4. Prebuilt categories and subcategories for organizing what goes into a project
  5. Templates for estimating actual construction costs and calculating profit margins
  6. Customizable fields for managing allowances within your construction estimate
  7. A print-ready cover sheet and signature page for your estimate
  8. Detailed project estimate summary that is pre-populated and formatted for client presentation

Project Details For Estimating Construction Costs

Customization fields for your construction estimate template

Creating a construction cost begins with basic inputs for the project. Personalize the sheet with your business name and client details.

Using The Worksheet for Estimating Construction Costs

Organize all of the line items by categories in your construction estimate

Use the worksheet to input line items to support the scope of work. Set both internal and client-facing costs with projected profit margins, and adjust fees to shape your quote.

Define Scope of Work for Estimating Construction Costs

Organize all of the line items by categories in your construction estimate

Manage construction categories to help define how all your line items will roll up to higher-level categories.

Client-facing Estimate for Construction Costs

Export the final proposal with your construction estimate

All the values and line items entered into the previous worksheet automatically gets displayed in the client-facing sheet, where the final construction estimate gets produced.

Terms and Signature Page

Organize all of the line items by categories in your construction estimate

Let’s not forget the most important part — the signed estimate! Included are a cover sheet and the signature page as extra pages you’ll need to round out the construction estimate with all the costs associated. Export the files to quickly email to clients and prepare printouts to follow up in a professional deliverable package.

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      Learn more about how to nail your next construction estimate using our Google Sheets template and begin creating a custom estimate in minutes.