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Step 1: Login
Login at: http://www.CostEstimator.com. Simply type in your E-Mail address and password, and click on the Start Estimating button. (FIGURE 1 shown here in the right column)
Step 2: Create a new project
On the Welcome to Cost Estimator screen, click on the words “click here” in the first paragraph on the right to go to the Current Projects Page link. Then, click on the New Project button on the top right to start a new project. (FIGURE 2)
Step 3: Enter project information
You should at least fill out the Title, but you can always fill in more of the fields later, and click on the Submit button. (FIGURE 3)
Step 4: Go to the Add Items tab to add project cost items
You will notice tabs across the top of the page titled Project Info, Add Items, Cost Sheet, and Bid Sheet. To start adding items to your estimate, click on the Add Items tab. (FIGURE 4)
Step 5: Understanding the Add Items tab
This is the screen where you select the items that go into your estimate.
On the left side is a listing of the divisions in the database. There are 25 divisions, or sections, organized in the logical order that you would build a project.
The open book logo (for Plans and Permits) on the top left represents the section in which you are currently working. On the right side are the database items and costs for the section of the cost book that you’re in. Notice the seven column headings at the top. SPECIFICATIONS is the description of the work to be done. UNIT is the unit of measurement - SF = square feet, LF = linear feet, CF = cubic feet, EA = each, etc. (FIGURE 4)
Step 6: Add items to your Cost Sheet
On the right side, you will see Add buttons for each item you want in your estimate. Click on the Add button for items you want to add to your estimate. (Note that some items will automatically add setup costs to your cost sheet.) (FIGURE 4)
A popup box will be presented for you to enter the quantity or amount for the item. Enter the number and click on Submit. You can always change the quantity later. NOTE that you may have to enlarge the popup box (to see the Submit button) by clicking and holding the bottom right corner and then dragging down or to the right. (FIGURE 5)
Work your way down the estimate by clicking on each desired division title on the left (e.g. Tear-out, Excavation, Concrete, etc.). Note that the divisions are listed in order on the bottom left portion of the Add Items tab. (FIGURE 4)
Step 7: Review and edit costs and quantities
After adding all items you want to your estimate, click on the Cost Sheet tab at the top. The cost sheet shows all the items you have selected and any quantities you have entered. It also automatically calculates the costs for each item, and displays a selling price at the bottom. (FIGURE 6)
On the Cost Sheet you can also change quantities. Be sure to click on the Recalculate button at the bottom to recalculate and save any changes as you make changes.
Step 8: Review markup
While in the Cost tab, take a look at the Markups % line near the bottom of the page. We have entered a 50% markup for both materials and labor. You can enter any percentage you choose. The Project Selling Price listed is the direct costs plus the markup. The Gross Profit amount shown is the total amount of markup. (FIGURE 6)