Buildertrend Web-Based Construction Software


 

Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders and remodelers. It combines project scheduling, project management, customer management, and service management in a single suite. As a Web-based platform, this system can be accessed anywhere with a computer or mobile device. 

Buildertrend provides pre-sale tools, including a built-in CRM system and quick bids and proposals. Project management tools include scheduling, budgeting and time sheets. Customer management tools include change order and selection management, warranty requests and payment processing.

This system also integrates with other valuable solutions, such as QuickBooks and Xero.

Buildertrend provides each company with an account manager to provide unlimited training and support. Also included are daily webinars, the Buildertrend Learning Community, a 24/7 help section and Buildertrend University.

 

Buildertrend - Dashboard
 
  • Buildertrend - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Buildertrend - iPad view
    iPad view
  • Buildertrend - Markup plans
    Markup plans
  • Buildertrend - Mobile app
    Mobile app
  • Buildertrend - Gantt chart
    Gantt chart
  • Buildertrend - Compatibility
    Compatibility
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

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from Sakera Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Good system for when we were starting out, but easy to outgrow

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Does a few of the things we want it to do really well, but feel handcuffed quite a bit with its functionality as we've grown and taken on more homes. A lot of processes are overly-manual, but do like the ability to loop in clients

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Cheap and easy to learn

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Limited functionality, not all-encompassing, mobile tools could be better and don't really work with each other seamlessly

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Good starting point, but don't expect it to get you to the next level

 
 

from Versa Platinum Construction Ltd.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

BuilderTrend - would be 100% with some minor tweaks

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We run a busy Design/Build construction team and Buildertrend has been a huge help organising and streamlining our day to day activities. It's great for clients to be able to log in to the app or the website from home to see progress and communicate with us and our trades on all levels of the project. Their support staff are amazingly helpful, providing phone support anytime I need it (even for the silly things I've asked them a hundred times). They're always willing to hear you out. In some cases they've whipped up short tutorial videos and emailed to me as future reference material to save me the trouble of calling in.

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-Client's love being able to see what's happening
-Easy to navigate the website layout
-Having everything related to the project (documents, construction drawings, communication, selections, pictures, schedules, to-do lists, invoices, etc.) in one place and available from anywhere via the mobile app
-Support staff is awesome

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-Mobile app for both iphone & andriod require frequent updates as they continue to improve features
-Not as easy to navigate the app's menu layout (things aren't in a similar order to the website)
-From time to time external email notifications from the message feature will take an extra 2-3 days to arrive in the external email inboxs creating a bit of confusion.
-Missing some small features like a filter on the "pay" option instead of having to either pay all at once or pay each individually (but this is a "serve the masses" issue, customers are always welcome to make suggestions to their resource team and hope enough other customers are asking for the same tweaks)

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We had previously used Co-Construct which I offer also has wonderful support staff, and great platform however at the time they didn't have an integrated budget feature. Since our company's switch, they have added the feature but because the whole team (crew members, sub trades, admin, accounting, design and estimating) is so comfortable working in Buildertrend we aren't ready to afford another switch.

 
 

from Strelecki & Company LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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Buildertrend is a top rank product for small and medium volume (up to 200 homes per year) home builders. It is a scheduling program at heart and because it does not tie in accounting it's a much easier program to learn to use than some of the programs designed for high volume or "production" builders that need to tie every part of the building process together. I have used Microsoft Project extensively and although it is a good product the learning curve is much steeper. Buildertrend is a program designed for the internet and can be used on any platform although I feel that the setup should be done on a computer as opposed to a handheld. The customer support is very, very responsive and good.

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It's ease of use and intuitive feel.

Cons

Not much on the negative side. Sometime switching between screens to get to where changes need to made is cumbersome.

 
 

from Ellenwood Homes Ltd
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Buildertrend for beginners

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We just started using it, but so far we have found it to be a great central portal for project management

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Client access to important information, good at keeping on top of budgets, change orders, and site reports.

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Not the best for time sheets and time tracking, we still use spreadsheets

 
 

from Walsh Construction Inc
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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We are a small civil construction company that employs around 50 people and we were still doing all our daily reports on paper, and taking photos with a camera. I felt that we would be in a much better position if we modernized, so my boss let me look for a software to help move into the technology age. I spent a month or so looking at all the available options ( there are a lot of them) but comparatively BuilderTrend was the one that seemed like the best place to start even tho they are more geared towards residential we were able to begin to do daily reports with photos from the field and the guys were able to clock in on their cellphones using the proper coding for what ever tasks they might be doing that day. It enabled us to see where we are in the submittal process as well as to see RFI's to get answers to questions we had in the field. All in all I would say it has worked out pretty good for us and the more we use it the better it is. The support team at Buildertrend is readily available and always willing to help

Pros

Being able to access information from either my tablet or my phone when I am in the field.

Cons

They do not have a formal submittal or RFI documentation set up but they said they are working towards that.

Advice to Others

For the money it is a good place to start.

 
 

from Windle's Contracting
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Great step for small company

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We needed a product that was going to organize us. This software has thought of everything!!! We are so excited for it to take us to the next level with the customer login? Sub login, and login for employees. Hopefully the balls that have been dropped won't happen anymore! We are excited to continue to invest in this software!

 
 

from CNG Construction LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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Amazing support. Most affordable option for small to midsize companies.

Pros

Dedicated representative

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The app shuts down periodically

 
 

from CairnsCraft Design and Remodel
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Just starting with Buildertrend

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After a disastrous start with a different product that said it was "simpler and easier", I came to Buildertrend. It was advertised as a complete integrated package for builders and remodelers. I am about 6 weeks into the process of setting up the software and being trained in its use, and I am very happy so far. It looks like it will pull together all the different operations of our company, from handling leads to writing proposals, and actual construction.

Pros

It's big... it's complete... it will do everything that we need. It will integrate our office and field operations and make all data and files accessible to all our staff, subs, designers, and the owner, from any device, any where, any time. Pretty cool! Project files are accessible digitally from the cloud... and I can control access in detail.

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Its greatest strength is also, of course, its greatest weakness. It's big... it's complicated... it is taking a lot of time to get set up and adapted to our style of operation. It is going to take time to train all the staff, subs, designers, and owners in the use of the package, but.... I believe it will all be worth it! It will make us more efficient and present a beautiful, integrated interface to clients.

Advice to Others

Go for it, but figure on a big investment of time until you have it all working.

 
 

from Curt Hofer & Associates
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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We use BuilderTrend on a daily basis to communicate between the office and the field. It provides clarity between project management and the superintendents during our home building process. It is very easy to understand and use, even for the older generation.

Pros

The schedule provides clarity between the homeowner, the subs, and our company. We use the warranty tab on a daily basis to keep track of issues & service requests that arise on past projects.

Cons

We have had some issues to customize certain labels within the program. Saying that, the BuilderTrend support team has done a great job working us through these issues.

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I would recommend this to any company in the construction industry.

 
 

from Stockell Custom Homes
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Some good. Some not so good

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We have been using BT for 6 months. It has some really nice features. it does take some time to set up cost codes, the schedule, selections templates, etc. But this is true for any construction software. This is our 3rd software attempt.

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The Good;
We like the schedule, the mobile app, the customer portal, file sharing, all job discussions are in one place, to do are easy. There are many nice features.

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The Not So Good;
The Request for bid module is okay, however to move the bids to an estimate is a mess. All the information comes over all mixed up. The numerical sequence is gone. all the line items are mixed up. It is so bad that you can not do an estimate from the bid. we have been using our old spreadsheets and importing those directly into the budget to avoid the bid to estimate module.
The selection module lacks the ability to place a selection in more that one room without entering it again and again for each additional room. For instance, if hardwood flooring goes in 6 rooms you need to enter hardwood 6 times to get it into all the 6 rooms. As a result the selection module is a real disappointment. For now we have just three locations; inside, outside, or multiple. One nice part is the ability to have customer go the module and approve selections and files.

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Be prepared to spend a lot of time in set up. There is a time consuming learning curve due to the fact that there is a lot of modules, and functionality. So far this is the best option we have found in the price range. We are now considering whether we want to continue with BT or work with an IT company to make Office 365 work for collaboration and continue with our easy to use spreadsheets.

 
 

from Alan Simonini Homes
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Buildertrend works great for me!

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Buildertrend has a great support team always willing to improve the way their product can be incorporated into the way I need to use it. I needed help to customize and develop a timetable and they were very helpful with support.

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Give it a test run and see how easy it can improve productivity!

 
 

from American Energy Advisors
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Great construction productivity software

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We use this product as a HVAC contractor. We use if for job tracking and scheduling. Its great for sharing all pertinent job documents with our field personnel. It also tracks our employees time with a smartphone app. The builders we work with also keep us in the loop on their end with online scheduling. It helps project out our workforce.

Pros

Great product support and price can't be beat

Cons

None at this time

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Great software to suit any business that works with medium to high volume of homes.

 
 

from Coast Remodeling & Construction, Inc
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I am new to Buildertrend, but it seems extremely user friendly and it also has a lot of things you can customize to what you need. Works great for what we need!

 
 

from Building Homes for Heroes
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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BuilderTrend has had a tremendous impact on our charity!. We have grown at a tremendous rate and we now currently have new construction and remodeling projects in 27 states across the country.

BuilderTrend has enabled Building Homes for Heroes to more accurately manage all the details associated with nearly 100 projects. The result of this is our increased ability to serve more wounded veterans and their families who need to move into their forever home.

Myself and our team utilize BuilderTrend everyday to better manage our projects. This is a vital tool that is the center of our construction and remodel process for all our projects. We could not do what we do without BuilderTrend.

 
 

from James Cross Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Buildertrend is beyond convenient!

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We have used Buildertrend at our family owned GC firm and love how well it interfaces between all users! It takes a little of time to learn, but their customer support team is great at answering any questions you may have. We love having so many features synced together. Highly recommended Buildertrend to anyone considering a new software program in the construction industry.

 
 

from 1985150 Albert a inc
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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From the very first usage of this program it was friendly and easy. Inputting data was easy as well and where problems arose the technical support team were great to deal with.

 
 

from Coast Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

More than expected....

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Our company was searching for various software that would enable us to track, manage, and plan our projects more efficiently. We also needed a solution for better time management and manpower management with time-clock GPS capability. BuilderTREND appears to provide a solution for all these needs in one cloud based software product. We have only been using it now for a little over 3 weeks but it has already ignited a sense of optimism among our personnel. It appears as though BuilderTREND will truly be able to propel us to the next level of organization we desperately needed to help us be more efficient and profitable.

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The customer service, training and technical support have been great. I never feel alone when I run into a question. Also, their online support forums, videos, etc. are very helpful as well.

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Haven't really come across any Cons yet.

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If you are not happy with your current CRM, or you are not currently using one and you are in the construction industry. Give BuilderTREND a look. It's a very powerful software for a reasonable price that will help you get organized and be more profitable across all your projects.

 
 

from Coalesce
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Good product if you fit their exact mold

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The product has a good calendar that is very useful. However, outside of that I've been

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Great calendar

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Not very custom if you do not fit the exact mold that BuilderTrend is made for. I.e. it's not very versatile for someone that doesn't strictly do home building.

 
 

from Optimum Contracting
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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The customer service for this product is impeccable. They really go out of their way to teach you how to use this and make the most out of it. Our company is really finding this program to be convenient and add a lot of organization to our jobs.

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The ability to keep track of all of the different facets of each individual job.

Cons

It takes a little while to learn how to use it correctly.

Advice to Others

Definitely take advantage of all of the free tutorials and Hands-On learning that they offer you.

 
 

from PS HOMES LLC
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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Builder trend has an incredible customer service support and has spent hours on the phone with me and my team so that we can integrate buildertrend into our company seamlessly and effortlessly as well as maximize all that it has to offer!

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Customer service

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Price for jobs is a bit extensive.

 
 
 
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