Your process may have a problem if you’re using Excel for construction estimates.
Many contractors create estimates with Excel. It’s an easy tool to use, with flexibility and familiarity for most people. Using Excel for construction estimates does create problems when your projects become bigger and more complex.
Here are some problems you may face if you use Excel for construction estimates:
Excel makes it difficult to standardize
Multi-user features are limited in Excel
You need to start your estimates from scratch – wasting time and leads to errors
Spreadsheets can be choked by complex calculations
Extracting data from multiple pages or columns is a cut and paste nightmare
Revisions are lost if you forget to save your data