Using Excel for Construction Estimates?

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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
Sage Estimating is a better choice.  It is a construction-specific software that provides an estimating solution to build bids quicker and accurately while eliminating manual data re-entry.

Sage Estimating vs. Using Excel for Construction Estimates

With Sage Estimating all work is automatically saved. It has pre-designed pages, built-in material, labor, cost databases and job cost integration.  Sage Estimating fuels company growth by enabling an easier way to standardize company wide and manage the complex multiple file sources, estimators and revisions with speed and accuracy.

Migrate from Excel to Sage Estimating

In this video, you’ll see firsthand how migrating your data from an Excel spreadsheet to Sage Estimating software is simple. It can be as easy as a copy-and-paste process using the Sage Database Editor.

How can Plumb help?

sage-estimating-icon-stroke-150x150TAG is a top Sage Estimating reseller, working with construction companies and real estate developers to provide the best estimating software solutions.  Sage Estimating offers a seamless integration with Sage 300 CRE or Sage 100 Contractor – or it can be purchased as a standalone solution.  At Plumb, we provide the software, data migration and optimization, building special reports or integration features.  Contact Plumb for help.

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