BuildTools Construction Software


 

BuildTools is a web-based construction management system designed for residential construction firms. Designed with the help of custom home builders, the solution offers project management, scheduling, service management, document storage, budget and purchasing, and customer management capabilities.

BuildTools is designed for custom homebuilders and remodelers, and can be used by construction managers, general contractors and design/build firms that work on residential projects. The software is offered on a monthly subscription basis and requires an initial setup fee for training, branding, and website integration. The monthly cost includes an unlimited number of projects, users, and unlimited storage.

Key features in the BuildTools project management application include a scheduling application, integrated messaging that captures project communication, bidding, change orders and purchase orders, photo management, document control, and budgeting. The service management application offers dispatching, work orders, contract management, and service orders. Finally, the customer management application includes features for reporting and forecasting. The solution also offers a buyer dashboard for monitoring key indicators in real-time.

 

BuildTools - Project Overview Dashboard
 
  • BuildTools - Project Overview Dashboard
    Project Overview Dashboard
  • BuildTools - Messaging Preview Pane
    Messaging Preview Pane
  • BuildTools - Document Management
    Document Management
  • BuildTools - Project Selections / Scope of Work
    Project Selections / Scope of Work
  • BuildTools - Budget Listing with Headings
    Budget Listing with Headings
  • BuildTools - Gannt Schedule Chart and Schedule
    Gannt Schedule Chart and Schedule
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

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jeffrey from D+B Group
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Good but not for commercial g.c's

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We have used Buildtools for about 2 years and are finding it not a good fit for us anymore. As a commercial general contractor we struggle to use Buildtools because it lacks some detail and features we need.

Pros

Fast, streamlined and simple, good customer service. Nice style and presentation..

Cons

Too residential, limited features, no sub contract change orders, no way to resend purchase agreements or sub contracts. Most of the emails sent from Buildtools get sent to spam by vendors.

Advice to Others

This is a good option if you are a 1-2 company for residential construction.

 
 

oshi from ovur builders
Specialty: Construction manager

August 2016

August 2016

good customer service but its extremely slow

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Likes Best

good customer service, but you will need them quiet many times.

Likes Least

extremely slow for people which time is an asset, many basic stuff dont exist

Recommendations

inexpensive but you get what you pay for.young software which has at least 3-5 years to consider it.

 
 

Randy from Celebration Homes Inc.
Specialty: Design/build firm

May 2016

May 2016

A work in progress!

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Likes Best

The folks at Build Tools are friendly and accesible, which they need to be because they have no training manual, which is a challenge for a product that spans so many functional areas. No average team member would be able to puzzle out this rubics cube by themselves. However, the tech support always does their best to help you figure it out! The scheduling and warranty modules are the easiest to work with and once you figure out an appropriate notification regime for your company, you can get the schedules to work. Although its a bit awkward to update schedules (too many clicks to just say something is "done", the basic idea is pretty good.

Likes Least

After using schedules and warranty for two years, we are dying to try selections, budgets, and PO's....and integrate into Quickbooks. However....there are a lot of levels of data entry to get this set up and not a lot of guidance on what the best practice should be. A LOT of cross links and that generates nervousness. Some challenges just getting the budget to show expected profit. All must be workable, however without a clear manual, its hard to know.

Recommendations

Be very careful and talk to real users. The software guys don't always really know what its like out there in the field.

 
 

Heather from Countrywide Barns
Specialty: General contractor

January 2016

January 2016

The software is very slow. It is cloud based but lags.

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Likes Best

It is easy to use. Very simple structure. We load all projects into the software with ease.

Likes Least

The biggest issue is when we attempt to login it can take a while to pull up the site. Sometimes I just give up. This has happend numerous times. It is not efficient when you cannot access the program.

Recommendations

Check out the speed of the program. This is a cloud based program and we always have trouble logging on. It is not my internet provider. I have Comcast at office and ATT at home. I have also used Charter. My experience has been the same. I use Macbook pro.

 
 

Dan from Dan Grammatico Signature Homes
Specialty: Building owner

April 2015

April 2015

Buildtools is a good product that is still young and needs some work.

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Likes Best

I like that everything has been centralized. I helps keep everybody in the office in the "know" 24/7. I also like the customer communication aspect they can log in and check everything anytime.

Likes Least

The software has some bugs that need attention. The company is very good at helping however some things need to be changed by the software developers.

Recommendations

Define what your needs are and make sure this product does what you want.

 
 

Mark from Stonehouse Designs
Specialty: Design/build firm

December 2014

December 2014

Great tool and easy to use!

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Likes Best

We've had a great start to BuildTools. We've been with BuildTools for a month now and really feel like we know the system. It took a couple of weeks to get spooled up, but we're rolling now. The training team was great; we set up several initial training sessions with my team. Trainings were customized for the various users. The support folks were also very responsive for quick questions, both on the phone and via email.

Likes Least

We haven't found anything to complain about. Based on the support we've had thus far, I'm not worried.

Recommendations

It's been a huge help that the people at BuildTools have a sister company that's a construction firm. Having someone on the other end of the phone that has been in our shoes and truly knows the pitfalls of our industry is huge. We tried a couple of the other software companies, and everyone says that they know/understand construction, but we found that they really didn't. BuildTools gets it!

 
 

Brad from Custom Home Builder/Remodeler
Specialty: Design/build firm

December 2014

December 2014

Couldn't run my company without it!

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Likes Best

BuildTools is a great product. It does everything I need and then some. The staff at BuildTools is fantastic. Their knowledge of the program, construction, and general business acumen is great. They've helped not only with setup of the software, but provided valuable insight to better help me run the business.

Likes Least

We had a great experience. I can't say that there's anything that we didn't like.

Recommendations

Take time in making your decision. A lot of the companies out there pressured me like crazy, sometimes calling multiple times a day. The guys at BuildTools did a great job showing me the software and then checked in from time to time. I knew how to get in touch with them when I was ready to buy, but I never felt hounded.

 
 

Eric from Kurber Constriction LLC
Specialty: General contractor

December 2014

December 2014

Decent program, lacking training & customer service

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Likes Best

The interface is easy to navigate. It has a good budget and schedule.

Likes Least

After the initial set up/sales process, most interaction is handed off to their third party tech support. They are typically easy to get ahold of initially but did not have answers and had to get back to us. We typically did not hear back from anyone without repeated follow ups from us. There is not any type of help button or knowledge base outside of the above mentioned tech support.

Recommendations

Dig into them as deep as possible before investing too much time and money into implementation.

 
 

Scott from Jolley Construction
Specialty: Construction manager

October 2014

October 2014

BuildTools is good for multiple users in various places to share.

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Likes Best

I like BuildTools' ease of use.

Likes Least

Having to update pictures one by one is time-consuming. I'd like to click multiple at a time to make it much faster.

Recommendations

Take your time to learn the program. There are many different functions that can really help you.

 
 

Tracy from MDI
Specialty: General contractor

September 2014

September 2014

Still on the fence

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Likes Best

The initial sales team was great. We felt that they understood our needs and that we were a great fit.

Likes Least

Some of the bugs aren't worked out, and we feel like a tester for the software.

Recommendations

Talk to others using the software if possible to see how it is for real world applications. Not every company runs their jobs the same, so only talking to a developer about how they run jobs may not be the same as how you run your jobs.

 
 

Jim from 10 West Development
Specialty: Design/build firm

July 2014

July 2014

Powerful, but needs a better user interface to be completely useful

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Likes Best

The tool contains all the features that you are looking for in a product like this; scheduling, task list, document storage, etc.

Likes Least

While all the tools are there, the interface and integration of these tools needs to be more integrated. And the company needs to provide more training.

Recommendations

Get a commitment on a training plan prior to purchase.

 
 

Mark from Platinum Series Homes by Mark Molthan
Specialty: Design/build firm

June 2014

June 2014

BuildTools helps me sell more houses.

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Likes Best

They are very responsive, and it's a great tool for our customers to see and use.

Likes Least

The schedule software has to reload to line date up to the columns. It's not a big deal, but you have to refresh the screen on the working schedule part.

Recommendations

All softwares take time to implement. If you do not have a full commitment from the entire company to move forward with a better way of doing it, then it will be a struggle.

 
 

Terry from Wardell Builders Inc.

October 2013

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Robert from My Deck, LLC

September 2013

Date: September 2013

 

Jim from Minton Homes, LLC

May 2013

Date: May 2013

 

Jef from Forward Design Build

May 2013

Date: May 2013

 

Matt from Craftsman Basement Finish Company, Inc.

May 2013

Date: May 2013

 

Jon from Regency Builders Inc

February 2013

Date: February 2013

 

Lain from Solid Rock Custom Homes, LLC

January 2013

Date: January 2013

 

Carl from Icon Building Group Illinois

January 2013

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Stacy from RE Titans LLC

August 2015

August 2015

Lots of functionality for the price!

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The system is easy to use and intuitive. We were searching for a full-service, online based construction management system with client interface. Build Tools has delivered. You can see in the way it functions it was designed by a builder. We have been able to on-board quickly and put the system to work immediately. Definitely recommend Build Tools!

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John from Revision, LLC

June 2011

June 2011

Buildtools delivers! We love this product.

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Compared to all of the other products we reviewed, nothing came close to the features and ease of use that BuildTools offers.

Pros

We've been using BuildTools for just under two years. I can say without question that it is one of the best decisions that I've made for my remodeling business. We looked at several different competitive products, and were amazed at the differences we found in BuildTools. The Schedule module is really second to none. We actually now schedule projects without ever speaking with subcontractors. We publish the schedule and update as things change. We send messages and documents to the contractors electronically. We track all of our project selections and change orders using BuildTools. I'm sure we been saved from countless mistakes because of the level of organization BuildTools has added to our building process. I highly recommend this product! I could not run my business without it.

Cons

None. The buildtools team has been quick to respond to our requests for new features, and training was very simple.

Source: Capterra