Where providing cost estimates for issues noted is allowed or advisable, there are a couple ways they might be included with an inspection.

Using the summary: Some inspectors simply add amounts to their final summary page created for a particular report, and thus include estimates for those items as part of their actual inspection report. To do that, one may simply edit the summary further to add desired amounts when it is attached to the report. Or one may double-click a summary after it is attached in the lower pane to edit it further.

Estimates Sheet: Another method preferred by some is to use a separate Estimates Sheet feature which produces a separate Excel spreadsheet of estimated costs.  This may be particularly handy for clients to provide to workmen.  When turned on, the Estimates feature allows cost estimates to be entered for various inspection fields in the main program Report Writer via the lower pane.  A final separate pre-designed Estimate Sheet may be created or exported to an Excel format file using options that appear on the File menu when Estimates are enabled.

To enable Estimates:

  • In report writer, choose Preferences > Preferences, Estimates tab.
  • Tick "Enable estimates" and set the options as desired.  If using a range percentage is enabled, estimate numbers are automatically converted into a low-high range on the final printout (e.g. An estimate of $100.00 might print as a range of between "$50.00 - $150.00" ).  Optional header and disclaimer text may also be entered to print general statements at the top of the final Estimate sheet, in addition to the Inspection name and your company information that are automatically included.
  • Click OK to save your Preferences.  When enabled, an Estimate field is provided in the Current Line lower pane area in the report writer, entering the actual estimate amount for the current item as appropriate.  Estimate options also appear on the Report Writer File menu.

To add Estimates to an inspection:

  • While in an open inspection on the desired field, click the Current Line tab in the lower pane.
  • Enter the estimate amount in the "Estimate" field displayed at the bottom of that tab. Note: If no estimate field is displayed, make sure you have enabled the estimates feature (see above)
  • Repeat for any additional inspection fields as you work.

To produce a final Estimates sheet:

  • In the Report Writer, click File > Estimate > Preview/Print Estimate
  • Use the available options to print or save the Estimate sheet to a file as desired.
  • You may export the estimate to Excel and attach the resulting .xls file to the lower Attachments pane of the report in one step by clicking Report Writer File > Estimate > Attach estimate as a file to the inspection.  That way it may be delivered when the report is emailed from the 3D software.