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