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
Last year, we did just under $10 mil in sales, with jobs as small as $10k and as large as over $2 million. This software met our needs in all aspects.
Initially, it took a little while to understand the relational functionality of the various parts.
In terms of customer support, I have had a response in less than 24 hours anytime I have wanted to contact Bid4Build. 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.
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. 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.
Lucky from L Caswell Group Inc
Get the program , effective, efficient, and it gets better all the time as I become more familiar with the program.. There is always a oh moment when I discover more. It is a complete project management tool from inception, to production and closure... Data based, and you can upload your logo so printing invoices, pricing or estimates are personnalized. I am going on way to much but if you want to do it right this is the program. Thank you!!!
I have to say, I started a construction consulting company after being in the industry for 17 years and making everyone else money. I bought Bid4 Build to help clients with their bids and run numbers for them. Its a little intense at first but in a few short days of playing around I got it. Plus support like other reviews is SUPER. I had personal calls from Bid 4 Build, they set up training time and even when I get to a point where I may have a question like I did today, I email them and within the hour got a response. Great company. I just started my own construction company and even during this recession Bid4Build is helping me support my family and friends that I employ. I love it. Thank everyone at Bid4Build. plus I got the takeoff live add on and this thing with plan integration is boy I can't tell you how easy it is for me to oneshop stop my bids and get them out. as well there contract, scheduling, exporting ...ITs got it all Bye
George from GLK Construction
If you are looking for a quick, reliable estimating tool that will connect with Quickbooks, plus handle your scheduling and subcontractor bids at the best price, don't hesitate. Bid4Build has handled everything I wanted and their training and support has always been outstanding. No wonder that they have been around for 25 years and earn such high ratings on several sites. You'll be glad you did!
As a small GC I was overwhelmed with the software choices for estimating ranging from $50-$10,000. Luckily Bid4Build was at the top of many lists and was actually on the lower end at $295. They provided a great video of the product and hands-on demo so I could actually try it without having to sit through an hour+ sales presentation.
After a 1 hour overview that they included with the purchase, extensive help tools and phenominal support, I still struggled getting started. Fortunately they also offer a 1 on 1 training using an actual estimate of mine. Those 2 hours for only $99 where the best part of any software purchase I have ever made. Using an actual project, they guided me through the best methods to build my estimate and provide the jump start that I needed. It was so helpful that I did 2 more over the next few months as I got the estimating down and wanted to learn how I could streamline my process and other tools available like scheduling and writing contracts.
None, they keep improving it all the time and added a new Takeoff product at the end of last year.