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RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data for 2012 (Means Building Construction Cost Data)
The RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data 2012 (Means Building Construction Cost Data) is the most used, quoted, and respected unit price guide available to the construction industry.
It is the professional estimator's first choice for reliable price data for accurate budgeting and estimating, with more than 23,000 completely updated unit price lines.
Says reviewer Joe Macaluso (his purchase is verified which means he did really purchase the book, it's an honest review):
Gold Standard For Cost Data
As a professional cost estimator I rely on RS Means cost data whenever I can't get a cost directly from a supplier or contractor. Don't be tempted to purchase less expensive cost data books.
With such a great endorsement from a professional cost estimator it's definitely worth taking a look at.
Construction Estimating - Paperback & CD
72% of the people who click through to look at Construction Estimating Paperback & CD Rom purchase it.
Construction Estimating provides a comprehensive introduction to the estimating practices used in the construction industry.
The textbook not only covers how to develop estimates, but also provides a guide to sources of information on drawings and specifications. Each chapter of Construction Estimating includes information on construction materials and methods, helping to provide a foundation on which to develop an accurate estimate.
The content is organized around the CSI MasterFormat 2004 and provides an excellent resource for commerical contractors and estimators to develop an accurate estimate.
A CD-ROM is provided with the Textbook that includes, Quick Quizzes®, an Illustrated Glossary, Activities, Web Links, Sage Timberline Office Estimating Software, Tutorial Videos, and ATPeResources.
Markup & Profit: A Contractor's Guide
The author wrote Markup & Profit: A Contractor's Guide after spending almost twenty years watching friends and acquaintances in the construction business work daylight to dusk, seven days a week and still go broke.
He set out to find the answer. This book thoroughly outlines the main reason that "contractors" go broke, and gives specific reasons. He then developed simple, easy to use principles and mathematical formulas to teach those in the construction business how to make a profit.
Lack of profit in almost all cases comes from not charging enough for the work that is done. In short, the Markup for the given company is too low. This book turns that around by showing a time tested formula on how to develop the correct markup, and included are a number of problems for the reader to assure their thorough understanding of the math and the principles involved.
Other reasons for construction company business failures are discussed. This includes improper use of additional work orders, no Operating Capitol Reserve Account, and failure to make adjustments for unbudgeted expenses.
Related items are also explored. Contracts, proper number of employees, sales and a smattering of similar issues that are seldom addressed by other books in the industry are covered.
This book has 15 years of research behind it and is very easy to understand. No doubt it will exceed your expectations.
But look! Now there's "Markup & Profit: A Contractors Guide, Revisited"
This book has already received more stars than the original and it just came out in 2012!
Here are some of the comments:
Five Stars: Michael Stone has been teaching us how to grow profit in our business for more than two decades. His newest book, Markup & Profit - Revisited - tunes up proven contractor business practices to our current times and economy.
This book is a must have - if your business is losing money and/or if you are only marginally profitable.
Five Stars: If you want to run a profitable construction or contracting business Mark Up and Profit A Contractor's Guide Revisited is the book you should read and adopt. Michael Stone has included everything you need to build a successful business. His advice and examples are clear and practical. This is a true how to for people that want to start a construction or contracting business or for people that want to make more money in their current contracting business.
Five Stars: Simply the best. I have been a general contractor for thirty years and still have much to learn about the business side of things. This book immediately started making me money.
Markup & Profit: A Contractor's Guide, Revisited
CostBooks - Construction Estimating Books with CD-Roms and Downloads for various construction trades
Construction estimating books for several various construction trades. Some of these construction estimating books come with CD-Roms and downloads. Complete guides to estimating containing current prices - man hours, labor and material costs; common work and hard to find items; provides manhours and recommended crew sizes; and much more.
Estimating with Microsoft Excel, 3rd Edition
Creating estimates for your new residential construction project just got a little easier.
In Estimating with Microsoft Excel, 3rd Edition, Jay Christofferson, a recognized expert in computerized estimating, details step-by-step how you can save money and time by using Microsoft Excel 2007 to develop estimates that are reliable enough for your most important management decisions.
The book and CD includes formulas for calculating concrete, rebar, labor, permits, taxes, and more, and demonstrates how to apply them in your everyday construction project management. You'll learn essential skills for programming basic formulas to automating Excel to integrate with other software packages.
Estimating with Microsoft Excel will show you how to eliminate time-consuming steps and repetitive work by setting up an accurate, efficient estimating system; creating databases; writing formulas; and by adapting shortcuts. Boost your profit margin with the power of Microsoft Excel 2007!
Defensive Estimating: Protecting Your Profits
Have you ever walked away from closings with less money than you deserve? Stop letting it happen.
Use Defensive Estimating: Protecting Your Profitbecause performed correctly, estimating is your key to keeping more of your hard-earned profit, and Defensive Estimating: Protecting Your Profit will help you achieve this.
Master builder and business expert Bill Asdal shows builders and remodelers how to estimate based on fiscal goals and protecting the company's bottom line. His unique approach to estimating gives readers user-friendly systems to improve the process and provides hundreds of ideas and simple suggestions.
Asdal takes the magic and science of estimating and turns it into an art.
Calculated Industries 6270 Ultra Scale Master Pro/Smart Takeoff graphic digitizing software bundle
The Calculated Industries 6270 Ultra Scale Master Pro/Smart Takeoff graphic digitizing software bundle is an affordable and portable area takeoff tool and digitizing system. Unlike expensive digitizers, the Ultra Scale Master Pro allows you to measure plans at your office or on the job site without the need for additional computing devices or software.
It is best suited for takeoffs involving area (square foot/yard/meter) of polygon shapes like houses, pads, roofs, floors, etc. Also, areas of irregular shapes like pools, landscaping beds, etc.
The USMP also does linear takeoffs, for things such as wall segments, piping, and wiring and cubic volume takeoffs for concrete, gravel, excavations, HVAC, etc.
The ergonomic design with large targeting window allows you to accurately measure and compute area, perimeter, and volume for simple or complex polygons, polylines, irregular shapes, arcs and circles. The Ultra Scale Master Pro can operate as a stand alone digital area takeoff tool, or you can connect it to your PC to transfer measurements into estimating and spreadsheet programs.
It also can send digitized (x,y) coordinates to takeoff software programs like the Calculated Industries Smart Takeoff! program.
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