BHSestimator

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Shown below is the Estimate Title Page. As you can see, in this location you enter the Job Name, Estimator Name, Due Date, Any pertinent Job Information, Material and Labor taxes and Bid To Criteria. You can also see on this screen the Job Areas as tabs across the top of the estimate. Just click on any of the tabs to go to that portion of the estimate.

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Shown above, the Title Sheet allows you to enter general data pertinent to the bid. When you first enter the BHSestimator you will be in the Job Name Field ready to type. Following is a list of the available fields on this sheet and pertinent data related to each:

1. Job Name: A short text description of the bid. This field can be up to 255 characters.

2. Estimator: The name of the person doing the bid. After your setup data is entered, this field will always be automatically filled in from that data. (See Setup Utility for more information)

3. Due Date: The date the bid is due.

4. Job Information: This is just a big Memo Pad for you to enter information related to the job. It works just like a mini-word processor. You can enter anything you like in this field. You may copy text into this field from other word processing programs using normal Windows copy and paste function. Only the text is copied, not the format (eg. No bold or colors). You may also click the right mouse button in this field and select Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Select All or Delete.

5. Bid to General Contractor: Just a checkbox to let you know that this job bids to a General Contractor. Click your mouse button on the box to check or uncheck it.

6. Bid Direct to Customer: Check if this job bids direct to the Customer.

7. Bid Bond: Check if this job requires a Bid Bond.

8. Performance Bond: Check if this job requires a Performance Bond.

9. Material Tax: Enter in this field, the applicable Sales Tax on material that will be passed on to the customer. (For example enter 6.25 for 6.25%.)

10. Labor Tax: Enter in this field any applicable tax on labor that will be passed on to the customer.

11. M-Factor: This is a hidden field that places a markup on all material on the job. It is called the "material fudge-factor". We will discuss it in detail later, but right clicking on the Worksheet Grid and selecting "Fudge Factors" accesses the field.

12. L-Factor: This is a hidden field that places a markup on all labor on the job. It is called the "labor fudge-factor". We will discuss it in detail later, but right clicking on the Worksheet Grid and selecting "Fudge Factors" accesses the field.

Enter data in each desired field and press Enter or Tab to move to the next field. The only exception to this is that in the Job Information field, you must press Tab or click elsewhere to leave the field. (An Enter key in the Job Information Field just moves to the next line in that field.) To move on to the Recap Page you may press the Page Down Key on the Keyboard, Click on the Recap Tab or click the Down Arrow Button located at the bottom right on the screen.

Throughout the estimating portion of the program you may redefine the labels. To redefine a label, double click on the label and type in new text as prompted. Use the & character before a letter to underline a letter and to make that letter the shortcut key. In this example we have double clicked on the Job Name label on the Title Page. Note that J will be underlined and Alt-J will jump to that field when on the Title Page. To redefine a Checkbox label, right click on it.

 


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