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

265 Reviews of Co-construct

 

from J&R Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

New project manager using for four months

Ease-of-use

It's available on my laptop, pad, and phone. The training videos are very clear.

Functionality

This eliminates all the old paper calendars and spreadsheets.

Product Quality

Excellent. It's easy to use and understand once you set up your templates.

Customer Support

They are available by email and phone very quickly. They're knowledgeable and professional.

Likes Best

I like the ease of use, training, and tech support.

Likes Least

Teaching and getting sub and suppliers to participate can be difficult.

Recommendations

Try out Co-construct. Call references. Do it before your competitors.

 

from Elite Building Services
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

I love being super-organized with Co-construct

Ease-of-use

I find it pretty self-explanatory. Once you start clicking away and navigating through the program, you pick up how to use it really easily. If you come across anything you aren't sure about, all it takes is a simple email to the support team, and they get back to you so quickly.

Functionality

It almost meets our needs 100%. The only real issue is that we have QuickBooks in Australia and not the online version, so we can't integrate the two which is unfortunate.

Product Quality

I think it is very well-designed and that it suits all parties who will use it, from the builder to the client and each trade/contractor. It makes things clear in a concise manner.

Customer Support

They have a very quick turnaround. The only thing I really, really, really need help with is the master selection sheet, as I am just struggling to find time to do it, and it's getting crucial to have it.

Likes Best

I find it easy to use, and it clearly outlines everything not only to the builder (so we don't forget anything), but also to the contractors and the clients. I found the product very easy to use, even without watching the training videos (I have watched many). So it is a very user-friendly product, and the support provided by Co-construct is second to none.

Likes Least

I receive a lot of emails from them, and I want to read them all, but I am just very time poor. Also, I think it would be 500% better if you could access your contacts from Co-construct through your mobile device or tablet.

Recommendations

See if you can get a trial version or something like that to see what works for you. Find out what the helpdesk is like, etc.

 

from Del Casa Homes
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Money Making Software

Ease-of-use

For anybody that is interested in making their business grow by investing a little bit of time, this software is reasonably easy to set up and operate.

Functionality

As a medium-sized custom home builder, this software is perfect for us. But it would also be perfect for a business with just one client or 100 clients. We have side users, partners, and clients that range in tech ability from almost non-existent to high level, and all are impressed with the usability of this software.

Product Quality

The software layout and usability is great. Customisation is excellent. There are no issues using it in a different country (Australia). Web-based access is the only way.

Customer Support

If you think this program doesn't do something or does it wrong, it's normally user error. I haven't had to call support on the phone, as the web-based help and support are awesome and have all the answers.

Likes Best

This software is awesome. The guys and girls at Co-construct are a great bunch. The founder of this software is one of the most inspirational people I have have ever encountered.

Likes Least

I live in Australia; Co-construct is in the US. I wish they were closer so I could meet the founder in person and shake his hand. But being in a different country doesn't affect usability or functionality of this program.

Recommendations

This program will win you clients! If you want to make more money, make clients happy, and have less headaches, then this software is for you. If you're happy with your business plodding along as it is with lost communication, grumpy clients, and diminishing profits, then don't bother.

 

from First Choice Builders LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great software

Ease-of-use

Most of it is easy to use. It takes a lot of time to set up the selections, and the budgeting is kind of involved.

Functionality

This meets our business needs because it's an easy way to visualize our job's progress. We're also able to schedule change orders. I really like how everything is in one place.

Product Quality

The app is slow. When I hit the back button, the screen turns black. Sometimes, it may take a few minutes for it to actually go back. Often, I will just close the program because i don't want to wait.

Customer Support

They called me to make sure everything is going good and asked if I needed help.

Likes Best

I like how Co-construct has everything I need. It's organized and easy to use.

Likes Least

The only thing I have a hard time with is remembering to use it every day, but I'm new to it, and it will be getting easier the more I do it.

Recommendations

Do thorough research and see what other people say. Check out ratings and make sure it does everything you want it to do.

 

from Harris McClain Kitchen and Bath
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Co-construct review

Ease-of-use

It's too complex to learn. There are no step-by-step instructions. The videos are all over the place. Talk about confusing.

Functionality

We have two guys in the field and one designer in the showroom. Communication by email, text, or phone is the best between us, our clients, and our coworkers.

Product Quality

It's a great idea, but it's just too much. It really could use a large business version and a small business version that cut out half the stuff and made it easier to use.

Customer Support

They never helped us create a logo. They wanted us to do all the work, and they started to look into it but never followed up to make sure it was completed.

Likes Best

It's a great idea for the right size business. They just need to work on the instruction skills. A one-on-one with a real live breathing person would be the best way.

Likes Least

The program is too large and confusing. Make it simple. Less is best!

Recommendations

If you have a small business, just ask yourself if your staff is big enough that you need this or if how you're doing business right now is working pretty smoothly. Do you have the time it will take to watch all the videos and then actually use the program enough to understand it before you go live with it with homeowners?

  Response: Donny, Co-construct, LLC

Date: July 2014

July 2014

 

Hi Nicole,

Obviously, I'm very sorry to hear both that the software wasn't what you expected and that you weren't happy with the training and support from our team.

This may be an unfortunate case of bad contact information, since our team made multiple attempts to schedule a 1-on-1 call with one of our implementation team members, since we do provide unlimited phone, web, and email support, in addition to the "Getting Started Checklist" that is at the top of the main menu and in the initial email to our new users.

You are correct that our team does not create logos for businesses that do not have one. However, our custom branding package does take your logo and website and makes our system look like it. We also provide a PDF and other marketing materials. That does require a few pieces of information (logo, verification of phone number, etc.) so we can produce the high-res files and make sure the information is accurate.

We made eight attempts to get that information from your team between March 7th and April 21st. We were trying to contact Rodney, since he was the one listed as the primary contact, so if you were the person handling that, and the emails and voicemails were not forwarded to you, it could explain how it appeared that we were not reaching out to you.

I'm sorry it unfolded this way. If you have any interest in revisiting the system, we're happy help get you going, this time with you as the primary contact.

Sincerely,

Donny

 

from Affordable Exteriors
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Review from Owner

Ease-of-use

All the information is available in one spot.

Functionality

I'm able to track communication and find all the information in one place.

Product Quality

It seems to be put together well does not have bugs.

Customer Support

They seem to listen to their users because they added a search feature.

Likes Best

I like the communication tracking.

Likes Least

It used to be that that there was no search, not that is fixed. I was wasting 15 minutes to look up a job prior to the search.

Recommendations

On the partner side, I would like to be able to make these recommendation/bug notifications to Co-construct, but it does not allow me to communicate to them but only the subscribing partner.
On the partner side, I can not initiate a comment to the job. I can only respond. For example, the builder left me off by accident, so there was nowhere for me to comment.

 

from Foreman Builders, INC
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Custom homes

Ease-of-use

I have to teach this to my builder and supers, and it tends to be hard to explain at times. Especially when they are not very tech savvy.

Functionality

Yes and no. I still feel the need to revert to my old way to make sure I am on task.

Product Quality

The quality is great, and it's very nice that you can personalize it.

Customer Support

I would say that the customer support has always been quick to respond and has had great answers.

Likes Best

I like the fact that everything is in one central location and essentially at our fingertips.

Likes Least

A lot of our clients and partners still like having hard copies of things, and when making selections, it would be good to have an itinerary to follow.

Recommendations

Make sure you watch all of the videos and be proactive in joining in on the webinars.

 

from Barney Millers Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Project management tool

Ease-of-use

It's a simple interface to use without too much learning curve

Functionality

Client contact info up front once it becomes a project would be helpful.

Product Quality

It's good, and it seems to be getting better. I liked the last update a lot.

Customer Support

I haven't had to use the customer support as of yet.

Likes Best

It allows me to see where I am with each project.

Likes Least

My main issue is that I don't see end user contact information. An email or phone number would be nice. Maybe this is something my builder is locking me out on; I'm not sure.

Recommendations

Just dive in and trust the system. They gave us a class on how to use it, and that helped to get started. But main thing is to trust the process; it works.

 

from Bigfoot Foundations & Poured Walls Inc.
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Co-construct Experience

Ease-of-use

It has an easy navigation system. It has features like a notepad for comments.

Functionality

I'm able to download plans remotely.

Product Quality

It seems to work quickly.

Customer Support

I have not used their customer support.

Likes Best

I like being able to get PDF plans at anytime without driving to a physical location.

Likes Least

I receive constant emails from the system, which is a bit annoying.

Recommendations

I don't have any recommendations at this time.

 

from Jimmy Nash Homes
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Great way to keep organized

Ease-of-use

The training video will make anyone comfortable using the product.

Functionality

It does exactly what we need to handle our projects, from schedule to selections.

Product Quality

The product quality is great and keeps getting better. Since it is a web application, it is easy to update without the consumer having to install new software on their system.

Customer Support

This is where Co-construct really shines! They are quick to answer any questions I have.

Likes Best

I like how it keeps track of changes and communication. Everything gets date-stamped so you can avoid any possibility for confusion of when a decision was made.

Likes Least

The mobile interface is a great feature and looks awesome on my smart phone. I wish it had more features, such as editing selections.

Recommendations

Customer service matters. Other software companies may have the same features, but do they have the customer service?

 

from Learn About Green, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great support from Co-construct

Ease-of-use

It's almost self-explanatory. It has great help screens, too. It's very easy for the user once it's set up.

Functionality

It does as advertised, which I thought was much better than competition.

Product Quality

It's good quality. We haven't experienced any bugs. It works as expected.

Customer Support

They are outstanding! They're knowledgable and available; plus, they send you extra templates specific to your needs.

Likes Best

Their support is fast and great quality; plus, they have multiple start-up videos to walk through the process, and they will send samples and templates. And they are nice!

Likes Least

There could always be more features. Improvement is a never-ending cycle.

Recommendations

Look at the product's flexibility, adaptability, ease of use, and support.

 

from Carmel Builders
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

We use this product on a daily basis and highly recommend it to all.

Ease-of-use

The tutorials are great. Even if you don't watch them, it's very self-explanatory.

Functionality

We still need another database to make notes if we contact a client before they buy from us.

Product Quality

Great system. We never have a problem with it being down.

Customer Support

Great customer service. If I have a question, they are very professional and can answer anything I have asked.

Likes Best

We use this to develop our projects and schedule all of our trade partners. It keeps each detail in its own section and is very easy to use.

Likes Least

I would love to have an area that shows what the client owes. In other words, it subtracts the payments from the total. Also, the additional work order section can be cumbersome. We would like to be able to add multiple line items manually, but we can only enter one as of now.

Recommendations

The only thing I can think of is to enter your prospects separately from the active leads.

 

from Berghuis Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Just as important as my tape measure

Ease-of-use

While it does take some getting used to, it is pretty easy to figure out and get around.

Functionality

Our biggest problem is that we don't put enough information on the site; there's not any one problem with the software.

Product Quality

It's well-designed and responsive, and it has never lost or mismanaged anything we have ever uploaded.

Customer Support

The one or two times I had a question, they responded promptly.

Likes Best

It has totally streamlined our communication process and allowed us to better meet out clients goals. Not to mention, their customer service is fast and helpful.

Likes Least

I am not a huge fan of the mobile site layout. Also, when you want to share or message a partner, you should just be able to click their name and not have to click on the icon as well.

Recommendations

The only thing that I would like to see is some type of search engine. Occasionally, someone (usually a customer) will put something under the wrong section, and then we have a hard time finding it later.

 

from Monahan Contracting LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Easy to use one stop shop

Ease-of-use

I have all of my customers hooked on using Co-construct, from 35-year-olds to 70-year-olds. Co-construct is very user-friendly.

Functionality

My biggest problems before Co-construct were scheduling and communication. Co-construct made them my strongest attributes.

Product Quality

It's great quality, and they are always looking to improve.

Customer Support

They have great customer support. I had a few questions when I first starting using Co-construct, and the reply from the support staff was quick and direct.

Likes Best

Co-construct has completely changed my company! I do residential additions and remodeling, and with the help of Co-construct, the communication between myself, my crew, and the homeowners has never been better. I can't stress enough how much better life is with this product.

Likes Least

There's not much to dislike here. Its very user-friendly and very reasonably priced.

Recommendations

Take a look around, but I am sure you will be back to Co-construct.

 

from Alloy Workshop
Specialty: Architect
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Using Co-construct

Ease-of-use

The GUI is friendly. Sometimes, uploading images is not easy.

Functionality

It meets our needs very well.

Product Quality

The software is 99% accessible. Only very rarely are there technical issues.

Customer Support

Customer support is great! My experience was that I received a quick reply, and my question was answered.

Likes Best

It's easy to use, organizes project information, helps with client interaction, helps with builder and sub-contractor communication, works well as a digital repository for project information, and is easily accessible.

Likes Least

Nothing so far. The tutorials are very helpful. I don't use the product as much as others in my office, so I haven't navigated to every part of the software.

Recommendations

Log in and use the software. Click on the different buttons and navigate to all the project folders. Watch some tutorials. Email questions to Co-construct.

 

from Alloy Architecture and Construction
Specialty: Architect
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

I've been using Co-construct for a little over a year.

Ease-of-use

It's very intuitive, easy to modify, and easy to add components of a project.

Functionality

My biggest complaint is the iPhone app lack of a to-do function. Also, the calendar (schedule) does not allow for the easiest output or the ability to modify the calendar/schedule output. Besides those two items, it is extremely functional and adaptable.

Product Quality

It is very user-friendly, and the help/support team is very responsive.

Customer Support

The support team is very responsive and open to modifying the program in order to meet customer needs.

Likes Best

I like that it is intuitive to use and that it ties together selections, price, and schedule in a single interface that allows clients, carpenters, and subcontractors to interact with the project.

Likes Least

I think the iPhone app version of the program could use improving. It is not robust enough. Particularly, it does not clearly/easily show you your To-Do list.

Recommendations

Test run other similar software and compare. Make sure to use it as both the builder and customer to see how well any product meets your needs.

  Response: Donny, Co-construct, LLC

Date: July 2014

July 2014

 

Dan,

Thanks for the review. Our iPhone and Android apps actually do have the ability to edit and add to-do items, as well as set dates, assignees, and comments. I'll have our support team follow up with you on how that works.

We do have some more updates on the way, which includes some other export and viewing options for the schedule. Once those are out, let us know if that gives you what you need for working with your schedule information in ways other than what we already have in the system.

Sincerely,

Donny Wyatt
Founder, Co-construct.com

 

from Turf Town Properties
Specialty: Real estate developer
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

I work with this product as a developer.

Ease-of-use

This product is easy to use for anyone that has a small amount of computer knowledge.

Functionality

This product functions as instant response times are sent out via email.

Product Quality

This is a top quality product and seems to be updated quite often.

Customer Support

I have not had to use the customer support at this time.

Likes Best

This product is great because everyone is in the loop as far as information. This product makes the consumer have an open book feel for the construction process that no other builder offers in this region. It also offers a hands-on approach where anyone can access the information at any given time from anywhere in the world.

Likes Least

I wish the mobile version was more like the desktop version.

Recommendations

I recommend you get this product if you want to stay in business.

 

from Witt Construction
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Estimator

Ease-of-use

The interface is very intuitive. Not every part of the software needs to be used to make it functional. If selections are the only thing you want to use it for, you can. As a result, it is easy to transition into the system one module at a time.

Functionality

The entire team stays in the loop. No more emails with attachments.

Product Quality

Rock-solid. We have not experienced downtime, and the response time from their support is excellent.

Customer Support

Great knowledge base, direct support, and weekly online sessions to learn from other users.

Likes Best

The clients like using it. Software that isn't used is worthless.

Likes Least

Clearing updates for the weather status is tedious. The rest of the software is great.

Recommendations

Think about the cost of mistakes from miscommunication, change orders not approved but built, and looking for information on old projects. The cost of the software will easily be paid in avoiding many of these issues.

  Response: Donny, Co-construct, LLC

Date: July 2014

July 2014

 

Phil -- Thanks for pointing out about the clearing of updates for the weather in the jobsite log. After looking into your comment, I see what you mean, and we have some ideas on how to make that easier. We'll try to get that into one of our upcoming releases.

Thanks again,

Donny

 

from Jimmy Nash Homes
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Very Functional Product with Excellent Customer Support

Ease-of-use

The symbols on the dashboard of Co-construct are easy to understand.

Functionality

We use this product both before and after contracting a new home build. It works well it both instances.

Product Quality

This product is well-designed and works with all the needs of a custom home building company.

Customer Support

The customer support team always responds quickly and provides a comprehensive description of how to solve the problem.

Likes Best

Co-construct provides our company with a multi-functional product that assists our sales team in preparing a custom home proposal before contract and is invaluable in the management of our construction process after contract.

Likes Least

Changes are made slowly but are very helpful when completed.

Recommendations

Make sure to spend time setting up a test project and working through a variety of building scenarios.

 

from Alloy Workshop
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Organization and communication

Ease-of-use

Once I understood the structure, it was pretty straightforward.

Functionality

All communications and details can be sorted and referred to as needed.

Product Quality

The support staff is responsive to requests for new services.

Customer Support

Questions have been answered quickly and with great competence.

Likes Best

I like the ability to consolidate our internal and external communications in one place.

Likes Least

Some features could be more robust and responsive for a flat organization like ours.

Recommendations

Consider how clients and subcontractors are able to interact.

 
 
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