Free Construction Cost Estimate Template for Excel

free construction cost estimate template
Creating accurate cost estimates is one of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of bidding for new jobs. That’s why we’re happy to announce a new free cost estimate template for Excel.

The Best Construction Bid-Estimating Template by Cost Estimation Experts

Tired of wasting time trying to create an accurate cost estimate for your construction project? If so, we’re excited to announce our new construction cost estimate template for construction contractors, subcontractors, and project managers. This template is the first in our series of free templates designed to help builders develop more accurate estimates so they can win more bids. Creating accurate cost estimates is one of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of bidding for new jobs, and we hope this new Excel template will help you save time and money as well as increase your estimate accuracy. You can download this template and start using it immediately. 

Choose the Construction Cost Estimate Template Created by Professional Estimators

This free template was designed by our lead estimator for use in Excel, so you can trust it was created by a professional estimator with over 25 years’ experience in the field. This template not only includes a list of the most common categories to estimate, but also automates unit cost calculation:

Cost Estimate Template Categories


Site WorkElectrical
Basement and Garage FloorInterior Finish
Structure Kitchen
Log/Hybrid Home PackageBathrooms
Windows and DoorsFloor Coverings
Roofing MaterialPainting and Decoration
Exterior FinishFireplaces
FasciaDecks, Driveway and Landscaping
Log/Timber OtherOther systems
PlumbingOther Misc

However, if you don’t have the time, budget, or knowledge to do the estimate yourself, we recommend using cost estimating services to develop a construction cost estimate. With an on-demand cost estimation service, you can simply upload your project plans and receive a comprehensive and accurate estimate within 48 hrs. 

How to Use a Free Cost Estimate Template

To use this estimate template, download the template, open up excel, and begin adding in your costs. Let the template do the heavy lifting for you! 

If you have more questions about how to develop an accurate estimate, you can learn how to develop a detailed estimate like a pro by reading our Construction Estimating 101 guide.

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