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Job Expense


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Here is where we make our money and view our bottom line:

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The Summary Page allows you to:

  • Set any final markups, profit and overhead,
  • Check labor/Material Ratio,
  • Check Material and Labor Factors,
  • Check for logical cost and labor per Square Foot,
  • See your estimate totals
  • Compare to a set standard
  • Save pertinent estimate data to a History Database

To edit any field either click on it and type in a value or press the Tab Key to get to the field. A grid is provided for special expenses that should come into your bid after all taxes, profit, overhead and markups. Also any pages set as Quote/Subcontract pages come in just above the estimate total. To edit any of the Special Expense Categories either double-click on the category or arrow down to the category and Press the Enter Key or click on the category and then click the Edit Button.

Summary Special Expense Columns

Markup Category - This is the name or the description of this expense.

Percent - Typically you will enter a percentage for a Summary markup. As shown above there is a 2% add for the Special Insurance. As the Total Cost on the Job changes (you build the estimate), the cost for this category will stay at 2% of the total. This is the standard mode of estimating with the BHSestimator. In this mode you can build "Templates" of jobs and this type of information on the cover sheets will not need to be modified for each bid.

Dollars - These are the dollars added to Sub-Total2 to get the Estimate Total

Locked - A Yes or No value. If Locked = Yes, then the Summary Cost for this category will not change as the estimate changes. If Locked = No, then the Summary Cost for this category will fluctuate with the Sub-Total2 Cost by the number in the Percent column.

Warning! Keep in mind that if you lock a value in, and later inactivate pages, that these locked cost are spread only over the ACTIVE pages in Unit Price Mode.

Summary Buttons

Add - Adds a new Summary category to the end of the list.

Delete - Deletes the highlighted Summary category.

Edit - Modifies the highlighted category. This is the same as double clicking on the category and will produce the screen below:

Note that you can edit the Summary description, and enter a percentage or you can enter a fixed number of hours and set the value to Locked.

Default - Restores the BHS Default Summary categories, sets them to zero percent and unlocked.

Zero All - Sets all Summary categories to zero percent.

Unlock All - Removes the lock on all categories and allows them to float with the estimate at their current percentage.

Lock/Unlock - Toggles the highlighted Summary category between locked and unlocked.

Cost Compare – Once all the data for the estimate is entered, including the square footage for the job the user can do a rough comparison between the current estimate and data stored in the Type of Construction Database. Clicking the Cost Compare button will produce a screen similar to the following:

The proper Type of Construction can be chosen by clicking the Type of Construction dropdown box and selecting the appropriate category. The lefthand side of this screen shows the current estimate’s data. The right-hand side shows statistical cost based on the number you have stored in your Type of Construction database using the current estimate’s Effective LaborRate and Square Footage numbers.

Clicking OK will give the user the opportunity to store the chosen Construction Type with the estimate. The prompt is shown below.

Commit to History – Clicking Commit to History brings up the following dialog:

Clicking the Commit Button store the entered data in the History Database.

Summary Page Labels

Raw Material Cost - Material Cost from ACTIVE pages of the estimate

Material Tax - This value is set on the Title Page

Material Markup - Percent markup on Raw Material Cost

Material Total = Raw Material Cost + Raw Material Cost (Material Tax + Material Markup)

Labor Cost = Total Labor Hours* Average Labor Rate (from Labor Distribution Page)

Labor Tax - This value is set on the Title Page

Labor Markup - Percent markup on the Labor Cost

Labor Total = Labor Cost + Labor Cost (Labor Tax + Labor Markup)

Job Expense - Extra Expenses on the Job from the Job Expense Page

Job Cost = Material Total + Labor Total + Job Expense

Overhead = Your overhead (cost of operating) on a job

Sub-Total1 = Job Cost + Overhead

Profit = How much you plan to make on the job (applied to Subtotal1)

Sub-Total2 = Subtotal1 + Profit

Quote and Subcontract Totals = Totals from any pages marked as Quote/Subcontract Pages

Estimate Total = Subtotal2 + Markup Category Dollars + Quote and Subcontract Totals

Figure Used - What you choose to bid this job at.

Square Feet - Number of square feet on this job

Hrs/Sq. Ft. = Total Labor Hours (from the bottom of Job Factor Page)/Square Feet

Est. Cost/Sq. Ft. = Estimate Total/Square Feet

Bid Cost/Sq. Ft. = Figure Used/Square Feet

Labor - Material Ratio - the ratio of labor cost to material cost for this job.

M= - This is the Material Unit Pricing Number. It tells you the cost to the customer for each $1.00 of material. In the Summary Screen above the customer’s cost on material is $1.4354 per $1.00 raw material cost.

L= - This is the Labor Unit Pricing Number. It tells you the customer’s total cost on 1 hour of labor. In the Summary Screen above our cost per labor hour is $55.8607

Locked Categories Warning - The warning appears as shown above if any of the Summary Categories are locked.



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