Coda doc by Nick Nicolaysen
Home Construction Cost Estimator
This home construction cost estimator and calculator helps you estimate costs for residential pre-construction and sales. Plan your construction projects without Excel or RSMeans.
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I’ve spent nearly my entire career in some form of pre-construction or sales role using a variety of well known and proprietary software programs. Like many, I would typically default to some form of spreadsheet setup for home estimating and costing records with 50+ tabs and overly complicated formulas. Once I started digging into the database power of Coda I knew I could use create something far more user friendly.

Plan projects faster

With this template, you can plan your residential construction projects faster. You can create a master item database that holds all the quantities and pricing for your items by unit type and market. After entering in a few inputs for your control and target markets (cities), proposed unit mix, and key budget variables (% delta compared to control), the template will create a few cost estimates for you:

  • Hard cost proforma
  • Project cost by phase (appliances, powerwashing, concrete steps, etc.)
  • Project cost by item
  • Unit costs per square foot by market

Project costing software customized for you

Instead of relying on expensive home construction cost estimating software like RSMeans, ProEst, and others, this template shows that you can create your own customized software that is tailored to your specific use case. Instead of relying on multiple versions of Excel files with complicated formulas and macros such as the NAHB’s cost estimator, Coda brings simplicity to the home construction cost estimating process.

Meet Nick Nicolaysen

Construction and sales professional with a passion for productivity, software, technology, and fitness.

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