A real-world guide to success in construction estimating, the DEWALT Construction Estimating Handbook is loaded with tips, checklists, worksheets, data tables, and tutorials that will provide readers with the tools they need to effectively navigate through every step of the estimating process. The book focuses on the construction estimating "how-to" essentials and provides on-the-spot answers backed up with graphic examples. With a thorough understanding of the important profit-making factors within the industry, its comprehensive coverage includes marketing, bid planning, scope review, quantity take-off for all trades and divisions, cost analysis, value engineering, Excel spreadsheet estimating, and more. Based on the author's extensive experience in estimating, this valuable resource aims to provide workable solutions to the unprecedented challenges that construction professionals face today, from a weak economy and fierce competition to material price volatilities, skilled labor shortages, and strict regulations.
Key Handbook Features
All the preprogrammed Excel templates referenced in the book plus more are available for free download at the DEWALT/Cengage website.
Addresses steps of the bidding process applicable for residential and industrial/commercial construction projects.
Comprehensive format providing theory, how-to and step-by-step instructions, real-world examples, and technical reference data resulting in an all-inclusive resource.
Brand: Cengage Learning, DEWALT
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a FULL-SIZE book with EXCEL spreadsheet estimating tutorials included. The major part of this book has comprehensive coverage on the construction estimating subject itself. Comparing with the earlier small manual I purchased (DEWALT Construction Estimating Professional Reference (Dewalt Trade Reference Series)) from the same author, I found this big book includes more extensive materials. For example, the sub-trade evaluation checklists from earthwork to electrical are now also presented in worksheet formats. Quite a few new features such as bid drawing evaluation, cost analysis, list of value engineering ideas are very interesting. Quantity take-off for all CSI trades and divisions are expanded to include solved examples with graphic drawings and sketches.....Anyway, this new book is wonderful as it incorporate all these new...
I have been trying to start my own little business on the side and I never knew how to create bids or understand how to estimate until now. This book is very helpful with listing, cost, the break on how to charge and etc. I just bought the dewalt forms and letters that comes with a cd of examples. Awesome. These two go hand and hand.
If you are building a house, having one built or even doing a commercial takeoff for the first time, this book is a life savor! I purchased this book to help me on a project for a construction management class I was taking. We had to do a full take off and estimate of a building. This book was extremely helpful and the check list inside provided lots of help in deciding what jobs will fall under each trade.
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