iSqFt for General Contractors Software


 

With iSqFt, contractors of any size can streamline their entire pre-construction process and bid effectively.

Designed to address the unique challenges of general contractors, design-build firms, and construction managers, iSqFt's customizable, web-based system, brings together every facet of a contractor's bid process into a single application. iSqFt Bid Management enables contractors to share information with bidders, to track project information right up to bid day, and to share information easily with the entire project team.

iSqFt allows subcontractors to access their prequalification management application based off of ConsensusDocs. Also, iSqFt has an entire team available to help answer support questions, and they host training seminars for subcontractors on a regular basis, ensuring everyone involved with a project is comfortable using the system and able to start projects faster.

We recommend the program to general contractors of any size seeking a more effective bid management process. The program is a great fit for general contractors, design and building firms, utility contractors, and construction managers.

 

iSqFt for General Contractors - General Contractor Dashboard
 
  • iSqFt for General Contractors - General Contractor Dashboard
    General Contractor Dashboard
  • iSqFt for General Contractors - Project Dashboard
    Project Dashboard
  • iSqFt for General Contractors - Project Bidder Coverage Report
    Project Bidder Coverage Report
  • iSqFt for General Contractors - Detailed Trade Bidder Coverage Report
    Detailed Trade Bidder Coverage Report
  • iSqFt for General Contractors - Integrated Project Leads
    Integrated Project Leads
  • iSqFt for General Contractors - Integrated Prequalification Dashboard
    Integrated Prequalification Dashboard
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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Cliff from CBKinstallations LLC
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

March 2017

March 2017

iSqFt

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

iSqFt is an awesome program to use. As long as the General Contractor uses it and you are on their bid list, you will see every bid they post.

 
 

Rachel from Aetos Construction, LLC
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Newbie

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

We are fairly new at using takeoff software in general, but overall we found that isqft is basically easily to navigate. We do feel that the available jobs opportunities are limited with this software.

 
 

Gary from Dbk Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Good system if it fits your market well

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Nice system for finding jobs to bid on and reviewing specs/plans. The problem with our market (South Dakota) is they seem to be a little weak in our extremely rural market. If you try the demo and there seems to be a good fit for your market it would definitely be worth the price!

Pros

Good for having plans/specs on jobs advertised. Ease of use is good. Good support network.

Cons

seems to have less jobs in extremely rural areas. Pretty expensive if they don't have the number of jobs in your market.

Advice to Others

Try it and if it seems to have a good amount of jobs then definitely buy it!

 
 

Dani from The Hansen Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Not what it used to be

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I used iSqFt for a short while before their last major overhaul and it definitely needed to be updated, but they took out a lot of features that make it almost as difficult to work with. I rate software based on the number of clicks it takes me to get something done and the last update has actually added more clicks.

Customer Support often has their hands tied because the system "was designed to work that way."

Pros

A much easier platform to work with. It has an updated feel to it, but this is probably the only good thing about it. I can navigate fairly easily between tabs such as bidder's invite list and the details of the project.

I can see fairly easily who has received the invite and who didn't.

Cons

Since the update, I have to now add contacts such as the architect, engineer, general contractor, etc. for a project individually instead of pulling from the contacts list. Some projects have up to 10 different professionals between the architect, mechanical eng, electrical eng, structural eng, site, GC, owner, etc. We even have to enter our own information if we want to add the estimator to the list.

Second most frustrating part is the bidder's list. We don't usually invite all bidders so we have a condensed list that we pull from. The site has a main directory and then we can add contacts to our personal directory, but sometimes the actual person isn't the one that we deal with. We can't modify "our" contacts because everything is saved by the email address. If the bidder changes anything, we have to manually sync with our contact list. I believe before, all contacts were "our" contacts.

The bidder's invite process is also time-consuming because I have to click a button to expand the spec section and then click the bidders from that section. Then click the next spec section to expand the bidder's list and click the bidder's I want to invite. Clicking individual bidders has always been ok, but the extra step I have to take is opening each spec section rather than just a complete list of bidders. This can add up to 20-30 extra clicks when I'm sending out bid invites.

Finding bidders that aren't on our condensed list also takes a lot of work. I have to search for a bidder (maybe by company name, phone, email, etc.) and then select them to add to the bid list. That takes me back to the list of bidders I'm inviting. Each time I add someone, it always takes me back to the main list and I have re-open the search window again to find the next person, not on our condensed list. So the steps are to (1) open the search window (2) type in and search for the company I need (3) select them from the search results (4) add to the list at which point that search window closes. Start back at step (1) again if I have more than company to add. The alternative is to not select bidders from our condensed list, to begin with, but that list is vast and would take just as long, if not longer, to scan through when I'm adding a handful of bidders from one spec section.

One other thing I wish they would change was the home projects screen. It shows all active, inactive, and archived projects. I can uncheck the inactive/archived or check the bidding only projects, but it changes back to the default to show all projects every time I log in. I wish I could start each session with just the active bidding projects.

They also changed the way documents are saved. Once I upload drawings or specs, I have to manually edit each file with the page numbers. This is minor and I've noticed that most other companies don't even bother to specify the number of pages in each file or the page size. If you upload each spec section as a separate file, making this change (which involves in several clicks per edit) can be very time-to consume.

Advice to Others

I know a lot of companies use this, but there has to be a better option out there.

 
 

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

January 2017

January 2017

Love the database!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Thanks to the database of subcontractors on iSqFt, we have seen a nice increase in a number of bids we received from subcontractors. It has allowed us to form great working relationships with new subs as well. Also, our account rep is always quick to help us with any questions we may have.

Pros

The database of subcontractors available

Cons

Nothing

Advice to Others

If you are looking to increase the subs you invite, resulting in more bids received per trade, iSqFt is the program to use.

 
 

Joshua from Black Canyon Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Review for iSqft for General Contractors

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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Value for Money

iSqFt has been an evolving software which has made the bidding world just a bit easier and more organized. This software is extremely easy to use and very organized. Also if you are a fan of keeping all your documents in one centralized location, they also offer a project management add on.

Pros

Organization

Cons

Customization

 
 

Craig from CONANT CONSTRUCTION
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

iSqFt for General Contractors

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Program takes awhile to learn. But so does everything worth the time. Once applications are catered to your business, it will become easier.

Pros

Transfer and share files easily

Cons

Take a while to learn program

Advice to Others

Give it time to learn, it may end up being a great fit for your company.

 
 

Dave from Tropical Property Management
Specialty: Landscaping
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Use of I sq ft.com

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Very good, Very informative. Lets me know the physical location instantly so I can decide to bid or not on a job.

Pros

It gives me the physical location within the headlines.

Cons

Numerous updates.

Advice to Others

Yes, it's worth your time to have isq ft.com

 
 

Diann from Navarro Painting
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Project Estimator

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Its very easy to use and we started getting more clients when we started using this system

Pros

Simply and the users are by the bunch to where there is always work to be done

Cons

Struggling to transfer docs to pint out by the batch

 
 

Thomas from Griffin Electric Down East LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Lots of Jobs

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

This opened many doors for our company. We have gotten a few jobs that have established lasting relationships with customers we would have never been introduced to without the software.

 
 

Jerry from louis painting team
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

September 2016

September 2016

It gives me the ability to access plans and do a takeoff on my compute

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Likes Best

The software allows me to review jobs to determine whether or not i want to bid them. It makes it very easy to bid jobs right in my office and compiles all the measurements on spreadsheet for a comprehensive review of the job before i submit a bid.
The software is easy to use foe a person who is not computer literate, and the technical support is available within minutes of a phone call.

Likes Least

there is nothing I don't like about the company or the software

Recommendations

I am not very computer savvy, but the company does video training and gives me access to a tutorial on any aspect of the program, and will log into the program to help me understand something i cannot comprehend. I really like this program and it allows me to bid more jobs than i was able to before we purchased the software.

 
 

Gene from Flannery Construction
Specialty: General contractor

January 2016

January 2016

Poor chose of for General Contrator

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

Subcontractors like it the best so we went with it.

Likes Least

Unable to quickly chose subcontractors from your private directory and import them into your project without having to search for them. When you want to add a trade and subs to a project you need a paper copy of your private director and enter names or fax number into your project. Very time consuming.

Recommendations

Build a template project instead of a private directory and delete the trades and subs you don't want with just a click.

 
 

Anthony from PCC
Specialty: General contractor

January 2015

January 2015

Good stuff

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

The best benefit of this software is the network of subcontractors that is included. It allows for expansion into new markets or locations and makes the transition much easier.

Likes Least

Information could possibly be shared. When you implement the software, you provide them with your subcontractor database. It's hard to believe they wouldn't extract some information from this for their own expansion purposes.

Recommendations

Look at all the alternatives. There's a lot of software options out there tailored to different company styles. ISQFT is good, but their are others such as Smartbid that can do the same thing.

 
 

Seth from Stillwater Building Center
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

December 2014

December 2014

iSqFt is helpful in many ways.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

The vendor was friendly and worked with the price of the product, allowing our company flexibility with multiple options. The product has given us quick access to documents, as well as the ability to reach others in the construction community.

Likes Least

The search function can be difficult to navigate and requires very specific input to get the type of bids you are looking for.

Recommendations

This software has a lot of ins and outs. Educate yourself thoroughly before you commit.

 
 

Ryan from Marpac Construction
Specialty: General contractor

July 2014

July 2014

iSqFt Bid Management

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

They have great customer service.

Likes Least

I would prefer if the application did not use Java.

Recommendations

This is a great value compared to other services I have looked at.

 
 

Somya from D' Argent Construction
Specialty: General contractor

May 2014

May 2014

Love this Program

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

I like the ease of use and their support staff, who are the best. It has made work fun for me.

Likes Least

This program is little pricey, so it took me a year to convince the company owner to buy it.

Recommendations

Be truthful in expressing how much easier this software has made your life.

 
 

Trevor from Clarke Construction LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

April 2014

April 2014

Very valuable company asset

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

The program is very user-friendly. The learning curve seems shorter with iSqFt professional customer service and technical support. I'm able to easily find a lead, get plans and specs for the project, get accurate material and labor prices, request bids from subs, and submit the bid all with the same product and great customer service from the vendor.

Likes Least

I personally have not found anything that I'm unhappy about with the product or vendor.

Recommendations

I've tried other products in the top ten lineup, but this software has all we need technically, along with great customer support, which makes it my company's number one.

 
 

Carolyn from BRB Roofing & Mfg
Specialty: Roofing & siding

April 2014

April 2014

Excellent Plan Room and Service

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

The software is very user-friendly, and it's easy to find information regarding projects.

Likes Least

There’s nothing I don’t like about iSqFt. If you know how to put it to work for you, it will give you more of what we all need most: time.

Recommendations

Let the system work for you; use it to maximize your results

 
 

Brandy from Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors

July 2013

Date: July 2013

 

Dean from Vogel Bros. Building Co.

March 2013

Date: March 2013

 
 
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Nikki from Overland Corporation

January 2017

January 2017

iSqFt Review

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Back when I used this software I really liked it. It was very easy to use and worked great for our needs.

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