A Job Estimate is a document that must be filled in by a supplier and provided to the prospective customer, searching for a contractor to implement their project. The information contained in this document allows this client to estimate a job offer that their potential supplier provides, to evaluate the cost of work to be performed, compare several proposals from different companies, and choose the most beneficial and suitable one.
This document differs from an invoice and a contract, and it reflects the preliminary and unapproved price, while an invoice includes the actual cost of the transaction. The final invoice can be corrected after all the details of the project are discussed, but the prices there should not differ significantly from the ones set in the job estimate.
A Job Estimate template can be downloaded below.