Free Chart of Accounts Download for Construction and General Contractors

The foundation of any good accounting system is your chart of accounts (COA)

A proper accounts list will enable you to account for income and expenses accurately and will assist your accounting professionals to report on your financial health easily.

As a contractor, you know how important it is to have a plan or blueprint in your hands before you go to the construction site and begin work on the project. This same principle applies to using having a great Chart of Accounts for your business.

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General Contractor Cahrt of Accounts QuickBooks

Examples of services include carpentry, drywall hanging, HVAC, plumbing, masonry, stucco, welding, remodeling, electrical work, landscaping.

Since all of these services are usually put into one project, such as building a home or office building, it is best to just have one Construction income account, though it is possible to separate the services into smaller income accounts.

A contractor usually includes certain products with the construction service such as blueprints and construction materials, so it is important to have a Cost of Goods Sold account for products such as this. If your company rents equipment to other contractors or uses subcontractors on the job, create separate Cost of Goods Sold Accounts for these services as well.

Aside from the usual expense accounts, industry specific accounts that are common to contractors include business and building permits, outside labor expenses, and outside service expenses such as mobile restroom rental and catering services for employees.

We offer you to download a free PDF with QuickBooks chart of accounts for construction and general contractors.

By |2017-03-17T12:25:34-05:00October 9th, 2014|6 Comments

About the Author:

With more than thirty years of experience in the real estate and property management industry, Gita Faust is more than just a real estate investor; she is also popular for her work as an accountant, consultant, mentor, speaker, QuickBooks Top ProAdvisor, QuickBooks Solution Provider, member of Intuit’s Trainer/Writer Network, and, of course, author. As the CEO and owner of Fast Trac Consulting, Gita is well-known for her exemplary leadership and advisory skills. In fact, she even helped pioneer the adaptation of QuickBooks to suit the needs of professionals in real estate and property management. To share her knowledge and experience with others, she has written a series of courses titled Simplified Accounting Solution, which provides step-by-step guidance for those working with QuickBooks.


  1. Abdul Ghaffar December 25, 2018 at 12:21 am - Reply

    I have a new client. Who needs help to set up the chart of Accounts. I was searching examples of the chart of accounts for them. I know that Chart of accounts is the first step when you start bookkeeping for any customer. so I just have taken the first step now and Its work for me

  2. Lawrence Robinson January 18, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Thanks so much, Gita. This is most helpful as I am brand new to Quickbooks and hoping to successfully run my business without the hiccups of most inexperienced users. Thanks for being such a timely resource.

  3. Haseeb Safdar December 7, 2016 at 1:58 am - Reply

    I need Help I am here in Dubai and my boss provided me Quickbook and i am not professional in this software so I want to know which things are necessary to start QuickBooks like where I get Chart of accounts cost of goods sold and other things … My company is based on construction.

    • Gita Faust January 2, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Getting QuickBooks setup is the first step, second customize the Chart of Accounts, which you just downloaded and the list goes on. Please contact us directly from our contact us page to see how we can help.

  4. Steve Irebia October 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot. I really appreciate.

    • Gita Faust November 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Remember job costing – way to increase your revenues and profits.

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