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How do I use the pricing assistant in Buildxact to estimate costs?
How do I use the pricing assistant in Buildxact to estimate costs?

This article outlines how to use the pricing assistant feature in Buildxact to improve the accuracy of your cost estimates

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Written by Dan C
Updated over a week ago

Note: this is currently available to users in USA only


Introduction

The pricing assistant feature in Buildxact is a valuable tool that provides labor and material prices tailored to your location. Powered by 1Build, this feature allows you to access accurate pricing information, making it easier to estimate costs for your construction projects. In this article, we will guide you on how to use the pricing assistant effectively.

Accessing the Pricing Assistant

  1. Open your Buildxact account and navigate to the estimate costing screen.

  2. Locate the pricing assistant button, which can be found either at the top or bottom of the screen.

Searching for Prices

  1. Upon opening the pricing assistant, you will be asked for your location if you haven't previously entered it. You'll also find a search bar where you can enter keywords related to the item or material you want to price.

  2. Enter your search term and press Enter or click the search icon.

  3. The pricing assistant will display the top results related to your search, organized into categories.

  4. Browse through the categories to find the specific item you are looking for.

  5. Click on the item to view detailed information, such as pricing per unit (linear foot, square foot, etc.), labor rates, and additional options.

Copying Prices

  1. If you wish to copy the total price, simply use the "Select" button

  2. Paste it into the unit cost box using either the right-click and paste method or the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+V for PC or Command+V for Mac).

Utilizing Descriptions

  1. Additionally, you can copy other relevant information, such as headings or descriptions, by selecting the desired text and using the right-click and copy method or the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+C for PC or Command+C for Mac).

  2. Then paste that information into the description box or anywhere else you need using the paste methods mentioned in the copying prices section.


    Note: Keep in mind that the description box has a character limit of 250, so be selective when copying.

Additional Features

  1. The pricing assistant offers additional options, such as burdened labor rates, which include on-costs like supplemental pay and insurance.

  2. Throughout the tool, you will find helpful tooltips ("i" icons) that provide explanations for specific features and terms.


If you have any questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to our support team.

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