Co-construct Software


 

Co-construct is a robust web-based solution developed for custom builders and remodelers. With Co-construct, custom contractors have access to a solution that addresses the unique challenges faced by companies in this niche.

Co-construct is a collaborative solution that helps businesses coordinate their selections, schedules and photos while also improving client relationships with more dynamic, interactive communication. It's best suited to companies with less than $10 million in revenue seeking minimal IT involvement; the web-based deployment eliminates the need for a large hardware investment. It integrates with QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online, and Xero accounting systems.

Co-construct is accessed from a login form on the contractor's website. From here, team members, subs and clients can access their own secure portals to address tasks unique to their role - tracking change orders and project budget, update online schedules, share files and photos, enter jobsite logs, and access cross-project reporting. This data can be downloaded at any time and Co-construct offers mobile apps to update your schedule, retrieve files, review selections and more.  

This online portal is branded with the company name, colors and logo for a more professional look and any outgoing messages and handouts also include the company brand. Builders also get their own, branded mobile app for use with clients.

Co-construct brings together all client and sub communications into a single location; everyone can still use email, but Co-construct's patented communication feature captures and organizes these communications online, so finding something takes seconds. With email and text message alerts, clients, team members and subcontractors alike stay informed of project updates in real time. 

Co-construct is backed by an expert support team with free help for all customers and they actually host complimentary, twice-weekly webinars where users of the software can meet and share ideas, trade tips and get help.

 

Co-construct - Selection Sheet
 
  • Co-construct - Selection Sheet
    Selection Sheet
  • Co-construct - Change Orders & Expense Tracking
    Change Orders & Expense Tracking
  • Co-construct - Scheduling & Multi-Project Reporting
    Scheduling & Multi-Project Reporting
  • Co-construct - Communication/E-mail Management
    Communication/E-mail Management
  • Co-construct - Photos & Files
    Photos & Files
  • Co-construct - Mobile Apps
    Mobile Apps
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Web browser (OS agnostic), Unix, Solaris, Mac OS, Linux, IBM OS/400, HP-UX, AIX

299 Reviews of Co-construct

 

from Addison Homes
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

A great learning experience.

Ease-of-use

The instructional videos are educational and informative.

Functionality

It meets my need for builder, trade, and client communications that are key in my industry.

Product Quality

It's an all in one tool, both with trades and also with the client.

Customer Support

They give updates periodically and have a very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Likes Best

Co-construct is a great communication tool with trades and clients. It definitely makes scheduling trades much easier as well. It keeps an open line of communication with both clients and trades.

Likes Least

This is not really an issue with Co-construct, but rather an issue with a trade. I don't like it when a trade does not or would rather not use the product as a means of communication.

Recommendations

It takes a little time learning Co-construct, and by all means I am sill learning, but if you stick with the product, you can reap the benefits.

 

from Stonehearth Remodeling
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

We love this product!

Ease-of-use

The training videos really go in depth and help you learn how to use the product.

Functionality

It does everything we need it to do and more. It helps our customers keep track of their jobs and keeps them satisfied.

Product Quality

It literally does everything we need it to do.

Customer Support

Every time we have called with questions, they've been answered by a friendly and helpful customer support staff.

Likes Best

I like that it is very easy to organize the jobs separately, but you can also see everything on one calendar.

Likes Least

The scheduling is a little challenging to get right, but once you get the hang of it, it is very useful.

Recommendations

Make sure that it's right for your company and that your company is ready to stop using email. If not everyone is up for it, it may not work as well as it could.

 

from Huckstepp Constructions
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Making life easier

Ease-of-use

I just need to learn how to type faster, and it's just getting used to the program.
it just takes a bit of time to learn how it all works and customize it.

Functionality

It does exactly what they said it would do and more.

Product Quality

There didn't seem to be any problems with it.

Customer Support

They give heaps of support and always offer help.

Likes Best

I like the ease of use. It has really helped to keep my jobs organized.

Likes Least

So far, there is not much to complain about. It takes a bit of time to navigate around and get used to the program, but it's quite easy.

Recommendations

Give it a go, you have nothing to loose. You get out of it what you put in though.

 

from McClure Contracting
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Product Review

Ease-of-use

I can answer it straight by email. I can communicate to my boss when he is not available by phone.

Functionality

I would rather communicate by phone when needed. I am not a person who prefers a computer.

Product Quality

I think it's well-thought-out and easy to use. This is for both owner and employee.

Customer Support

Just keep communicating clearly. That way both employee and owner know what is going on.

Likes Best

Communication is clear and thorough.

Likes Least

I am a face-to-face person, so computer communications are not my favorite, but I realize it is necessary.

Recommendations

Keep it simple and not complex. Make sure it's user-friendly. It is important to make it easy for the employee.

 

from Raykon Construction
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Extremely Happy with this product

Ease-of-use

The user interface is great, and it is very intuitive. Clients catch on very quickly.

Functionality

It keeps us organized and makes us much more efficient.

Product Quality

I love it. It's very professional software that looks great to client. Also, I really love the App.

Customer Support

Top-notch! They are so fast to respond and follow up. Sometimes, I wish certain features would available quicker.

Likes Best

Our systems have never been better. I don't know how people do it with just emails. It would be chaos. It makes our business much more efficient and our lives that much easier. I love that we can have running threads for each line item!

Likes Least

I don't like that you can't view the budget from a mobile device. I would love it if you could incorporate partial payment completion options. For example, if we pay our framers half on Draw 2, we can't close out that line item on the budget until Draw 4, but there's no way to track those numbers in Co-construct until item is completely paid for.

Recommendations

If your current systems are awful, you will love this software. You have to be dedicated to it, though. It takes time to get it going and working right.

 

from Galt Innovations
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

A few months into implementation

Ease-of-use

The interface is intuitive, and similar to Facebook or other social networking programs, it's easy to pick up.

Functionality

It would be helpful if, in addition to Total Contract Cost and Payments Made, clients and builder could see the Remaining Balance at all times.

Product Quality

Co-Construct provides a one stop shop for custom building that has replaced numerous spreadsheets, constant emails, and so on. It seems that we took a professional step forward by introducing the interface to clients, and it has helped in selling our service as well.

Customer Support

Every time I've had a question, I have received a quick response. Less than an hour every time. Phone calls to support have been handled well too.

Likes Best

The offer immediate customer support and an intuitive interface that already has most of the functions we had established processes for over years of experience. Having our branding put on the app/site provides a more professional experience for the clients, and it helps greatly in organization of information, which can be chaos.

Likes Least

There are a few functions that I wish the software had. I have mentioned these to support and found that others have made similar suggestions, but that it would be a while before the changes were made. I wish such development could happen faster.

Recommendations

I recommend it (as long as it is to a non-competitor)! It truly makes a difference in client communication and project management. Typically, there is a way to do most things you probably already do.

 

from Gingerich Construction
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Great for customer interaction!

Ease-of-use

This product is self-explanatory with how-to videos.

Functionality

This product does a great job of meeting our needs as a construction company.

Product Quality

This software is definitely revolutionary to the industry.

Customer Support

They are quick to respond. They make changes based on customer needs.

Likes Best

I love the way this product makes it easy to interact with the customer! We work primarily with seniors, and even though many of them are not tech-savvy, they are excited to see schedules, ask questions, etc. once they see how easy it is!

Likes Least

Sometimes the selection software can feel a little stifling.

Recommendations

Think about how your business was before this software.

 

from West Ridge Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Worth every penny and can keep the most unorganized organized!

Ease-of-use

This product is very simple to use. Our clients love it.

Functionality

The functionality exceeds my needs. This is the best program of its kind that we have found.

Product Quality

Great quality. They've done an outstanding job developing this software.

Customer Support

Great customer service. Any questions you have are quickly answered. Plus, they have live web classes and great videos.

Likes Best

This is the best tool to keep our clients on the same page and on time with selections. Co-construct is always here for us. This is also the best way to keep the budget in front of the client, and everything is in one place.

Likes Least

Too many emails are the only thing that is time consuming. You get an email every time a decision is made or someone comments on something. There's no other way, although I have gotten used to it.

Recommendations

This is a great program. Trust me; it will help your business.

  Response: , Co-construct, LLC

Date: November 2014

November 2014

 

Thanks for the 5-star review. Regarding your comment about too many emails -- I've got good news for you. Co-construct does give you the ability to get alerts for just certain projects or just certain types of events. So, for example, you could get an email each time there is a change order approval or a comment from a client, but not when a selection choice is made. I'll have our support team get in touch and show you where you can change your profile so you can hopefully get just what you need -- and nothing more.

 

from Kitchen AZ, LLC.
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Organization and tracking

Ease-of-use

It has been a little time consuming since it requires files to be saved in a special format before uploading, but after a while you get use to that quirk. Other than that, it is a breeze to use and navigate.

Functionality

Once the estimating portion has been implemented, it will completely meet our needs.

Product Quality

The ease of use for both the contractor and customer makes this product fun and easy to use.

Customer Support

They have answered any and all question we have had in a quick and timely manor.

Likes Best

We love the way this program allows us to organize the many different jobs we have going at one time and also the tracking features that allow us to make multiple changes to one project and still know which change we are on without spending forever trying to find out who or what prompted the change.

Likes Least

We are still waiting for the estimating portion of the program to be put in place. We were told by the end of the year when we purchased in July, this was the biggest reason that we chose Co-Construct over its competitors. Hopefully we will see this addition soon.

Recommendations

For anyone looking at software, the most important thing you need to consider is what you really need the software to do. Some programs are really neat and have special features that others don't, but if you don't need those features you should take that into consideration, as well as what you will need in the future.

  Response: , Co-construct, LLC

Date: November 2014

November 2014

 

There are a few spots in Co-construct where you need to have your file in a special format, such as when you want to import a budget or your accounting codes so our system maps the correct data elements from your csv file into our system. However, for other file attachments, such as photos or documents, you can use any format that you wish. In the case of photos, the system will even automatically convert the file types for you so they can be viewed by users without specialized software.

 

from Witt Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Best tool for logging client and subcontractor client review/sharing

Ease-of-use

It has super easy navigation, quick entry and loading. Schedule loading is a little cumbersome. That is my only complaint.

Functionality

It meets our needs perfectly from budget tracking to past due selection notifications.

Product Quality

The product is excellent and at the top of the industry. It's very easy to view the status of schedule, selections outstanding, budget and all facets of a project's progress.

Customer Support

I have not had to use the customer support team yet.

Likes Best

I like the ease of use, navigation, and speed of the software.

Likes Least

I wish the schedules had more pre-loaded templates, (i.e. kitchen reno or just bath reno).

Recommendations

I don't have any recommendations at this time.

 

from One Man and a Hammer Inc.
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Benefits of Co-construct

Ease-of-use

It's like a dashboard with all the buttons easily accessible and set up logically.

Functionality

As a kitchen and bath designer, I am able to post drawings and edits for approval. I can also post selections and details about them for approvals and cost upgrades, which the client can immediately approve or decline. The selection sheet allows clients to see all postings in a condensed format, which I find invaluable as an overall view of how things relate to each other.

Product Quality

Everything seems to work when I need it to. No complaints yet.

Customer Support

There are emails every week with tips and insights. I don't personally handle communication about issues, so I can't really speak on that, but there has been very little, if any, downtime.

Likes Best

The overall ease of use and detailed, instant communication makes my work easier to complete with less steps. Repeated phone calls and emails are virtually eliminated. Defined selections of materials and services are complete and cannot be questioned at a later date. Vendor tech and instructional support is always helpful. The email link to my phone keeps me updated on all my clients when I'm out of the office.

Likes Least

There's little that I don't like about Co-construct.

Recommendations

Try a test run and see how the features apply to your business. If you need recorded communications with clients and confirmation of selections and financial approvals, I think you will find it here.

 

from Epic Homes
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Co-construct review

Ease-of-use

Support training and emails help you to learn how to use the system to the best advantage.

Functionality

I have not learned to use all of its capabilities yet, but it suits my needs so far.

Product Quality

The quality is very good and has very few issues that I can see.

Customer Support

Excellent support with regular emails and mentoring offered on a regular basis.

Likes Best

The ease of use for both us and our clients.

Likes Least

There is nothing I need to comment on, as there is nothing I do not like about the product.

Recommendations

Do your homework! But I would recommend this system over anything else I have used in the past.

 

from Whitehall Homes & Construction
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Very happy to finally find a software that works well with our busines

Ease-of-use

It is fast compared to other software systems, so transactions are processed quickly online.

Functionality

It meets most of our needs, and in the few areas where we were very detailed in Excel, it helps us see where we can align and group items together into one.

Product Quality

Great quality, great staff, and great communication

Customer Support

This is by far the best I have seen anywhere to date.

Likes Best

They have exceptional support and teams ready to answer questions in detail. The president of this vendor comes to the table initially as a client, so he sees the possibilities from both sides and how builders can really use communication to keep the clients up to date, while still internally tracking costs and schedules. It's worth trying.

Likes Least

There are a few areas that need more details that are different from how we operate.

Recommendations

Other software doesn't have the support and information/ideas that Co-Construct does. I feel like they lead by far.

 

from Alan Hoffmann, LLC
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Jump in; the water is great!

Ease-of-use

I like the approach that the developers have used. Can you use an iPad? If so, you can do this.

Functionality

You won't be sorry. The system has reduced my stress level. I have a very busy few years ahead of me, and I welcome the support Co-Construct is giving me.

Product Quality

Quality shows in the details. In my business, this is the rule. It's clear that Co-Construct has addressed the details.

Customer Support

I have never felt that the company wasn't there to help. I have had questions, and they go above and beyond to help. I feel like are a partner in my success.

Likes Best

It is a heightened level of communication with the client. I like that they can track the job and see progress with phoning a question about "what's next." It saves me phone calls.

Likes Least

I am still incorporating the budgeting. I consider myself a new user in this area, and I can't comment. There might be a complaint here, but I really doubt it, as I like everything I've used so far.

Recommendations

Just jump in. I delayed setting it up. It won't work for you if you don't put in the time setting it up.

 

from Tyler Builders
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Life changing

Ease-of-use

The way the home page is laid out makes navigation simple. The text service is a fantastic and simple tool to keep on top of our trades.

Functionality

We do a lot of small to medium commercial construction projects and find that the master selection sheet is too orientated to residential. However, this is not the end of the world. We work around this and customize it to suit our needs. It just takes a bit of time.

Product Quality

I am always happy to show our clients the little introductory video. It looks as if we had it specifically made for us.

Customer Support

The response time here in Australia has been fantastic, particularly in the early days finding our way around the software. The online training clips and group training sessions have been great.

Likes Best

I love its simplicity and the ability to keep everyone in the loop. My clients love the ability to view the progress of their job from work and communicate on a forum that is dedicated to their job. Our Trades rave that they can view the schedules in their own time and have a recorded link directly with me. It's one of those systems, where you say to yourself, "If only I had this when we were starting out."

Likes Least

I don't like that we are stuck with only the options of two jobs running at any one time and then the next package being five jobs. I never run more than three to four jobs at one time.

Recommendations

I don't really know of any other software that offers a service as good as this.

 

from StoneRidge Homes
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

We love Co-construct!

Ease-of-use

After watching the instructional videos, we found Co-construct to be extremely easy to use.

Functionality

We have found that everything we need is available within this powerful tool.

Product Quality

No technological issues at all. We were concerned as to the constant availability of the info within Co-construct but have had no issues at all.

Customer Support

From instructional videos to FAQs, we have been able to easily find the info needed within the software.

Likes Best

Co-construct has streamlined our entire operation and became an integral part of how our company operates. From client relations to vendor communications, we rely heavily upon Co-construct.

Likes Least

It is difficult for us to get all our vendors on board with the software. I wish there was a simpler way to get the info from Co-construct to our smaller, less technologically friendly vendors.

Recommendations

My advice to new users would be to use the software for everything possible. Using Co-construct as the singular platform in all phases of operations eliminates the time consuming practice of reviewing emails, text, and telephone correspondence regarding a build.

 

from Northeastern Residential Services, Ltd.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great way to manage several projects

Ease-of-use

It's easy to navigate. Sometimes, there are too many options.

Functionality

It's perfect for our industry and gives tiers that allow you to customize what you use and pay for.

Product Quality

It's put together well overall. It looks nice, and branding makes it a part of your network.

Customer Support

Great customer service. They always send helpful hints and respond to questions quickly.

Likes Best

I like the ability to manage multiple projects at once with a smooth and concise design.

Likes Least

Sometimes, there are almost too many ways to do the same thing. It gets confusing and makes you check multiple places for the same information.

Recommendations

This is a great product, and I would recommend it. The scheduling has been one of the more important aspects of this software and why I like Co-construct so much.

 

from DPS Construction
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Organization helps a lot.

Ease-of-use

The knowledge base can be difficult to search. I mentioned this above.

Functionality

I don't need much. I have simple needs when it comes to Co-Construct. I don't use it multiple times a day like the job supers do.

Product Quality

We need better tag word options in the knowledge base.

Customer Support

The knowledge base needs work. However, they're great when you email them directly.

Likes Best

I like that I can just go to the schedule to see when they will pick up the next draw check.

Likes Least

Sometimes, when searching the knowledge base, I can't seem to hit on the exact wording that is required to find what I am looking for (unless that subject isn't even covered).

Recommendations

I have no clue what to say here. I have no recommendations, sorry.

  Response: Donny, Co-construct, LLC

Date: September 2014

September 2014

 

Hi Deborah -- Thanks for the review, and you have great timing on mentioning the knowledge base. Last week, we rolled out a new version of our help center with easier navigation to browse articles by topic and an improved search algorithm. I hope that helps you get around faster. Of course, we offer unlimited free email and phone support, so never hesitate to reach out to us with questions.

 

from RodRozen Designs
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Awesome product, Awesome service. Not a match

Ease-of-use

It is a lot of initial work, but afterwards the ease with which one can navigate through the software is incredible.

Functionality

We required a budgeting/estimating software and currently Co-Construct doesn't have too much too offer in that category.

Product Quality

The consistent updates and focus on the client is really impressive.

Customer Support

When our company explained out situation and the lack of a match given the company's needs, Co-Construct was incredible in accommodating us.

Likes Best

The user interface and ease of use was simply incredible. The customer service was also great. We ended up not continuing using Co-Construct for an extended period simply because we found a software that was a better match for our current needs. Overall though, I would give them a 4/5 for just such an incredible product.

Likes Least

There is really nothing negative to say. We decided to not stick with Co-Construct simply because it was not a match for our company's current needs.

Recommendations

This product is incredible as a marketing tool. The compatibility and ease of use on the client end is simply outstanding.

  Response: , Co-construct, LLC

Date: September 2014

September 2014

 

Co-construct does have many financial management features, including allowance tracking, budgeting, cost forecasting, and QuickBooks and Xero integration. We also have many builders who use the patent-pending communication features to do bidding. However, it does not have full estimating or budgeting modules... yet (as of Sept 2014). Those are in development, so stay tuned in the coming months!

 

from Platinum Group Property Management
Specialty: Real estate developer
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Happy to have found Co-Construct

Ease-of-use

It takes a little getting used to, but once you use it a little, you can definitely see the perks.

Functionality

It has assisted us a bunch in the scheduling of the jobs and better identifying our budget and actual numbers.

Product Quality

The software is very good and its developer has definitely put in the sweat equity to get it to perform.

Customer Support

I've reached someone on the line every time. There are some agents that really know the product and a few others that have to work a little to get the answer, but they have always been helpful.

Likes Best

The program makes communication with everyone on a project much easier. The scheduling feature is great and we've even been able to incorporate pre-closing and post-closing items for our staff to take care of.

Likes Least

Using the picture functionality is cumbersome. I would like to be able to upload multiple pics in one folder.

Recommendations

Take advantage of the free trial so you know if this is a good fit for you. Identify what you're currently frustrated with and they'll definitely find a way to relieve the pressure and stress.

 
 
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