Today we’re happy to announce that Construction Cost Estimator 1.0 is available for the iPhone and iPad. Construction Cost Estimator is designed to help contractors create professional on-site estimates and email them to the customer as a PDF. The customer can even add their signature to the estimate directly on the iPhone or iPad. Users in the U.S. and Canada may optionally install 3 different Craftsman Costbooks containing detailed cost breakdowns for over 30,000 common construction items.
Craftsman Costbooks Available for Purchase within the App
• National Construction Estimator
• National Home Improvement Estimator
• National Renovation and Insurance Repair Estimator
Construction Cost Estimator is currently available for iPhone and iPad. A version for Mac OS X will be available in the future. The app is designed for use by many types of contractors, estimators, and service companies, such as: general contractors, electricians, plumbers, builders, landscapers, roofers, painters, carpenters, heating and air conditioning, flooring, siding, tile, concrete, asphalt paving, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, deck builders, handyman services, pest control, real estate flippers and rehabbers, insurance repair estimators, and more.
• Fast and easy user interface for creating cost estimates
• Customize multiple types of PDF reports, and email them to customers directly from the app
• Add the logo and contact info for your company to create professional-looking estimates
• Costs are organized by Phases, Areas, and Categories that can be customized for each project
• Enter your overhead, profit, and tax rates for each project
• Also create Cost Plus Fixed Fee estimates
• Provides full support for international currencies and units
Construction Cost Estimator uses a clean, spacious user interface that makes creating estimates a pleasure. Users begin by entering some basic data about the project, such as the project address, customer contact info, markup rates, and tax rates. Users can also assign unique Phases and Areas (e.g. Kitchen, Bath, Exterior) to each project. Users can also create custom Cost Categories, such as Flooring, Electrical, and Plumbing. The app also provides full support for international currencies and units.
30,000 Cost Items at your Fingertips
Costs are neatly organized by Phase, Area, and Category, and each cost item is broken down into Material, Labor, Subcontract, and Other costs. Users can customize exactly which information to display in the estimate. Since many contractors use the same cost items over and over again, the app lets users create a Custom Costbook with saved cost items. This makes it easy to put together an estimate. For example, if you know that installing a certain type of tile flooring costs $3 per square foot in materials, and $1.50 per square foot in labor, you would just add that flooring to your Custom Costbook. Then if you need to add it to an estimate in the future, just choose that type of flooring from the Custom Costbook, enter the number of square feet, and you’re done.
Users in the U.S. and Canada may purchase 3 different Craftsman Costbooks within the app that contain detailed cost breakdowns for over 30,000 common construction items. These reference volumes allow users to provide a cost estimate for work that they may not have done previously, or if they need to do a sanity check on cost estimates from subcontractors. Users can also copy cost items from the Craftsman Costbooks to their own Custom Costbook, and then edit the costs as desired.
Custom, Branded PDF Reports
When it’s time to present the estimate to the customer, the user can choose to email it as a professionally formatted PDF, or print a hardcopy directly from their iPhone or iPad. The contractor can even have the customer formally accept the estimate by signing it directly on the iPhone or iPad. Users can create an unlimited number of custom report templates that are completely customizable. For example, a contractor might want to only show a top-level cost estimate to the customer with the markup rolled into the estimate, but he might want to create an internal report with the cost breakdowns and markup amounts shown separately to send to another employee within the company.
Pricing and Availability
Construction Cost Estimator is $19.99 for iPhone, and $29.99 for iPad, and it is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category. The Craftsman Costbooks are available as in-app purchases for $49.99 each.