Goldenseal Estimating Topics

This section covers special topics for project estimating in the Goldenseal estimating software.

These topics apply to general construction estimating, paint estimating, and all other estimates.

Accuracy
Accuracy-- how accurate are Goldenseal estimates?
Accuracy-- how can I make estimates more accurate?
Adjusting Prices-- how do I adjust prices for different economic conditions?
Adjusting Prices-- how do I adjust prices for different qualities of construction?
Calibrating Prices-- how do I get Goldenseal to match my costs?
Duplicated Estimates-- When I duplicate an estimate, it's not the same price as the original!
Labor Costs-- what do I do when they change?
Material Costs-- what do I do when they change?
Overhead Percentage-- how to calculate.
Price Quotes-- how do I get them from vendors?
Regional Differences-- how do I handle them?

Bids From Suppliers & Subcontractors
Bids-- how do I handle supplier & subcontractor bids?
Bids-- what about bids that I get after a project starts?

Rough & Finish Work-- how do I split my plumbing & electrical bids into rough and finish?

Common Questions
Digitizers-- can I use a digitizer with Goldenseal?
Dimensions-- I can't find dimensions, or I can't get back to the original estimate!
Dimensions-- I don't see any dimensions!
Field Estimates-- how can I make an estimate in the field, and then bring it back to the office?
Field Estimates-- when and when not to use.
Fudge Factors-- how can I make a 'quick and dirty' adjustment to an estimate?
Metric Version-- does Goldenseal work in metres/kg?
Options-- how do I include prices for optional features?
Overhead & Profit-- how many line items to use for markup?
Overhead & Profit-- where do I add them?
Price Changes-- how do I handle price changes after an estimate is awarded?

Customizing Estimates
Dimension Buttons-- Can I click a button to show dimensions?
Item Comments-- I want to put comments in estimate line items.
Proposals-- How can I print more text in my proposal forms?

Estimate Details
Assemblies-- Can I include just labor or materials from an assembly?
Dimensions-- Labor & material dimension adjustments are not calculating
Line Items-- Breakdown line items are not calculating the way I want (TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE)
Line Items-- Can I see a percentage breakdown for each line item in an estimate?
Piece Work-- How do I make a fixed cost or piecework assembly?
Price Adjustments-- Labor adjustments for rush jobs, distant jobs, weird jobs, etc.
Price Adjustments-- Material adjustments for hurricanes, islands, big cities, etc.
Sales Tax-- How do I charge for sales tax?

Printed Forms
Markup-- Can I "hide" my overhead and profit so clients don't see it itemized in my estimates?
Printing-- When I print an estimate it doesn't look like a business form!

Reports
Cost Breakdown-- Can I see a quick report of estimated labor, material and other costs and labor hours?
Markup-- Can I "hide" my overhead and profit so clients don't see it itemized in my estimates?
Labor Hours-- Can I see a report of the labor that a project will require?
What Category Systems are available for organizing my estimates?

Types of Estimates
Ballpark Estimates-- How do I make quick "ballpark" estimates?
General Contracting-- How do I make estimates that are mostly subcontractor bids?
Historical Estimates-- How do I make "historical" estimates based on previous costs?
Subcontracting-- How do I give bids to a general contractor when working as a subcontractor?
Small Jobs-- How do I make estimates for small jobs?
Unit Costs-- How do I make unit cost estimates?

Unit Costs
Assemblies-- Can I include Assemblies in other Assemblies?
Assemblies-- What is the best way to create a new assembly?
Dimension Multipliers-- How do I use dimension modifiers?
Framing-- how does it figure in ceiling heights?
Framing-- how does it figure in sheathing thickness?
Framing-- how does it figure in stud, joist or rafter spacing?
Insulation-- how does it figure in insulation thickness?
Labor Costs-- How do I calculate labor unit costs?
Painting-- how does it figure in paint coats?
Price Changes-- If I change prices in a Cost Item or Assembly, does it update my estimates?
Price Changes-- What about unit costs that change frequently?
Quick Material Price Changes-- Can I "fudge" prices by a percentage when they have changed?
Rules of Thumb-- How do I add a simple "rule of thumb" price?
Subcontractors-- price per square foot for subcontracted work.
Vendor Prices-- Can Goldenseal keep track of what my favorite vendors charge?

For construction estimating software topics, click here.
For Goldenseal estimating software Tech Answers, click here.
For more about estimates in the Getting Started manual, click here.
For more about estimates in the Reference manual, click here.