2017 National Construction Estimator (Book & Estimating Software Download)


Manhours, recommended crew, material and labor cost estimates for nearly every common item in residential, commercial and industrial construction. FREE BONUS: Includes immediate access to the companion software download while your book is in the mail.

Weight 3.3600
ISBN 978-1-57218-325-4
Author Richard Pray
Publisher Craftsman Book Company
Dimensions 8-1/2 x 11

65th Annual Edition - Current building costs for residential, commercial, and industrial construction. Estimated prices for every common building material, the labor cost to install the material and a total "installed" cost. For those jobs where you can't rely on your past experience to estimate, rely on the prices in this national standard of construction costs to get you safely in the ballpark.

Provides manhours, recommended crew, and the labor cost for installation of every job and practically every type of material in construction. Provides clear descriptions on what is included in the job being estimated so you know exactly what the job and the prices for that job entail. Every cost is carefully described. It even provides suggested crew sizes, and equipment rates.

Includes a free download of an electronic version of the book with National Estimator, a stand-alone Windows estimating program. An interactive multimedia video that shows how to use the software to compile construction cost estimates is free at www.costbook.com. Revised annually.

Included with National Estimator download:
  • Job Cost Wizard turns estimates into invoices and exports both in QuickBooks
  • Free Online Technical Support for the National Estimator Software
  • Free Quarterly National Estimator Updates Updates to the 2017 costbooks and zip code modification factors are updated quarterly. Quarterly price updates on the Web are free and automatic all during 2017. You'll be prompted when it's time to collect the next update. A connection to the Web is required.

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