Introduced to the market over twenty years ago, Bid4Build is an advanced and affordable on-premise solution for construction firms looking for best-of-breed takeoff or estimating software. In the past decade, they rewrote the entire program and based it on Microsoft Access to give their customers greater functionality and stability. Consulting with general contractors during the development, Bid4Build was created to be user-friendly and offers easy integration into your business.
Relatively new to the Bid4Build Package, the takeoff application seamlessly imports data into the estimating portal. Also available within the suite are bid management, project scheduling, customer management, and service management. Bid4Builld is flexible enough to cover a full range of commercial and residential projects. Customers have access to an extensive database, giving them the most accurate estimates relative to their location.
We like Bid4Build because it integrates with many software packages that businesses already rely on, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Virtual Boss, and Quickbooks. Bid4Build is perfect for smaller companies that generate less than $5 million in annual revenue.
During implementation, they offer one-on-one training customized for their customers and support is available around the clock thereafter. If you’re a contractor or subcontractor looking for a program that will integrate into your current business and help you produce on-point estimates, Bid4Build is one to add to your shortlist to review.
William from HHCC, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
There is nothing good I can say about this software. It is the most awkward system that I have ever used. Nothing is intuitive. It takes many unnecessary steps to achieve meaningful results. The interface reminds me of the DOS days. I wasted money on the Bid4Build estimating system and the takeoff module. I have abandoned both, as they are more trouble than they are worth. I have reverted back to an Excel spreadsheet and a much more efficient digital takeoff program. If you value your time, don't invest in this program.
There is nothing that I like about this product. It is the most ungainly software that I have every used. I have experience with high end estimating software Quest/Maxwell to low end (the free software that comes with the Craftsman databases).
Scrap these programs and start over. A new totally new interface is needed. The concept of working with Craftsman databases is good, but executing is poor.
Maureen from Northwest Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
There are several things I like best, but I'll simply name a few for now. The integration with Excel is seamless. The ability to create and easily maintain your own Master Costbook is priceless. It quickens the entire process and you've established historical data [that can been updated easily]. You also have a quick schedule for your estimate, because of the integration with MS Project.
There is nothing I do not like. I only wish I would have discovered it earlier.
This software definitely deserves more than a casual look. Take the free demo and speak with their team. It is more than worth your time.
Darryl from Tripp & Associates, Inc.
Specialty: Design/build firm
I have owned B4B for years, only to be challenged by the initial learning curve, which caused me to shelve it a few times. But once committed, I have found this product and support to meet all of our demands within the company. The costbooks provided cover every nature of construction from remodeling to heavy commercial construction. We have become quite advanced and have created several costbooks tailored exactly to the multi-state locations that we cover. We are able to produce highly detailed takeoffs that amend the blueprints and act as an instruction manual for our superintendents to efficiently produce the product. The vendor has always promptly responded to our emails and requests, even following up with us before clarifying our own work as we veered off task. The tutorials provide exact explanation to all operations within the software and become quite intuitive. Dedicate the time to learn the software and you will be grateful.
The software requires time before it becomes intuitive, but I believe it is partly due to our method of estimating and the customization required to fit our needs. It is not dummy-proof and requires attention to detail. I have no problems with the vendor, and they have always been responsive and accommodating.
Review the tutorials and spend the trial time concentrating on learning the software. Contact support with any questions for a prompt reply.
Brian from Swatt Construction
Specialty: Residential remodeling
It's an excellent value for the price. There are no monthly subscriptions like other estimating software. The customer service is superb, and the reports are professional-looking.
The only negative thing I can say is there's a bit of a learning curve at first. I was able to figure the program out on my own over time, but Bid4Build does have online training available should you ever need help.
Try their free demo and contact them with any questions you may have about their software.
Denny from Yoder Homes, LLC
Specialty: Residential remodeling
The Bid4Build team has been great to work with. I paid for several hours of support initially and was extremely pleased with the instruction and knowledge of the support person. Now that we have used it for several years, I really appreciate the ease with which you can develop and modify your own cost book information.
The price is undervalued for what you get. Compared to other estimating systems, Bid4Build could charge twice as much and still be a good value.
There is very little that I am not satisfied with. The only nuance that I have found is the system will freeze up if you use the scroll wheel on your mouse while in the Category Selection section. The good thing is, you simple restart it, and you are back to the same file without losing any entered information.
When I was evaluating different estimating software, my biggest concern was how inexpensive it was. I thought that because other systems were more costly, they must have been better; that is not the case with Bid4Build. I also like the fact that we own it outright and do not have monthly or annual costs.