This article is specifically about the printing of PC/PS/Allowance items on the PC/PS/Allowances tables on your quote.

Note on regions

Depending on what part of the world you're in, your screen will look slightly different at this point.

  • North American users will use the "A" button. A standing for "Allowance"

  • Users from Australia and New Zealand will use the "P" button. P standing for "Prime/Provisional"

For general information on redistribution information head here

Video overview of this article

What is the thinking behind the PC/PS/Allowance tables

These tables exist on the quote solely to inform your client of the amount allowed for an item for which the cost is not yet fully known. For example, you may have an appliance where the client is going to select their own and needs to know how much they can spend.

What options do I have for printing this table

You are provided with few options that will help you choose how to display your PC/PS/Allowances items on your Quote Letter.

You will be able to access a drop down menu for PC & PS display separately. The drop down menu will provide you with 3 options,

  1. Base Total(excl. tax) - you can choose this option to show the total of PC/PS items without tax. Below are the screenshots from both Buildxact Customisable Layout and Buildxact Print Only Layout

  2. Total(incl. tax) - you can choose this option to show the total of PC/PS items with tax. Below are the screenshots from both Buildxact Customisable Layout and Buildxact Print Only Layout

  3. Full Breakdown (incl. tax and markup)- you can choose this option to show the total of PC/PS items with both tax markup values, this will add additional columns in the tables to display tax and markup values. Below are the screenshots from both Buildxact Customisable Layout and Buildxact Print Only Layout

  4. You will see some default options for both PC and PS settings. You will be able to change these options by clicking on the dropdown menu.

    1. North American users will see "Base Total(excl. tax)" as the default option for both PC & PS

    2. Users from Australia and New Zealand will see "Total(incl. tax)" as the default option for both PC & PS

Show markup percentage on allowances list:

By default this setting will be toggled off for all users. You will be able to toggle it on if you would like to show markup percentage on PC/PS items on your Quote letter.

  1. If you have the option to show markup switched on, then your PC/PS/Allowances item table will show the amount of markup added to that item.


    The percentage we show considers the status of the redistribution buttons used also, so a C (redistribute within Category) or an E (redistribute within the whole Estimate) item will never indicate that markup is added whereas the markup percentage for N (don't redistribute markup for this item) items will include markup moved from other items also.

    Below we've shown the estimate costings screen next to the printed PC/PS/Allowances table to try and illustrate this.

Estimate Costings Screen:

PC/PS items displayed on your Quote Letter:

If the concept of redistribution or N/C/E items is new to you, we suggest first starting with the below link

2. If you have the option to show markup switched off, you will not see any markup percentage under each PC/PS items

Below we have shown how PC/PS items are displayed on your Quote Letter when this option is toggled off:

Buildxact tips for redistribution/print options for PC/PS/Allowances

1. We recommend using the same setting for all PC/PS/Allowance items rather than having some set to N and others set to C/E. Reason for this is to avoid high markup percent being shown for only some items on the PC/PS/Allowances table.

2. If you're not sure which redistribution setting to use for PC/PS/Allowance items, we recommend the N (do not redistribute) option, this is not the default option but you can click the button below to learn how to set it as your default.

3. Generally speaking, NOT showing the markup on the PC/PS/Allowances table is safer if you're not sure.

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