Sage 100 Contractor Software (formerly Sage Master Builder)


 

Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsized construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a homebuilder. The software is simple, affordable and well-integrated.

Suitable for companies that have outgrown generic accounting software, the suite of applications encompass the entire construction cycle and include accounting, estimating, project scheduling and management, job costing and service management. New data only needs to be entered in once. 

Its dashboard presents at-a-glance information that gives instant visibility into things like the status on current job costs or company performance. From the dashboard you can directly drill down to see more details, which includes opening documents like invoices or the latest change order.   

There are hundreds of reports available, many of which can be customized to further fit the unique needs of businesses. Using predefined yet customizable alerts, the system can also send out an email notifying employees of issues like an expiring certificate of insurance or a low bank balance. A centralized view of projects lets the team see anything related to a job like estimates, invoices, job cost reports, change orders, RFIs, punch lists and more. Sage 100 Contractor also has cloud-based capabilities through Sage Construction Anywhere.

Sage’s network of business partners and consultants, and their ongoing customer phone support, all specialize in construction software.

 

Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Dashboard
 
  • Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Desktop
    Desktop
  • Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Dispatch board
    Dispatch board
  • Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Process map
    Process map
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 8

52 Reviews of Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder)

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

Awesome and time saving product!

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Ease of operation. Great support. Great job cost reports. Easy invoicing.

Likes Least

Not much - but maybe the fact that I can't open a T&M invoice after it has been posted (not to change it, just to print it again).

Recommendations

If you use QuickBooks, you will be amazed at how much better this product is!

 

from Markey Builders, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Best Program I've used

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It works! I used 3 programs before this and had nothing but problems making my job more difficult than it already is. This was the fourth program I tried and I'm staying.

Likes Least

I know updates are good and important, but I don't like having to put them on all computers in the Office several times a year.

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I'd like to say listen to what others have to say, but that happened with an earlier program I tried and the person who recommended it must not have known how much better another program could be.

 

from Houchin Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Robust software in a compact package

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Sage makes great products - Sage 100 Contractor gives us the ability to track our budgets, costs, billings, and more in one place, at a reasonable price.

Likes Least

While there are a lot of reports that come with the software, we still had to have a few custom reports written to meet our needs.

Recommendations

If you are coming off a starter accounting package like QuickBooks, expect to spend some time learning to use Sage 100. It's great, but a big change from something like QuickBooks. Include in your budget for training and setup (your Sage Partner will probably do this for you, but it's worth it!)

 

from Three D Rigging and Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Great Accounting Software

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It is a very friendly accounting software program. Everything is well labeled and easy to navigate through.

Likes Least

There are so many functions that this program is able to help with throughout an entire project that I never have time to use and keep up to date with the programs full potential. Sometimes I get lost in which tab I need to go to in order to find certain info, but that is mainly due to me being newer to accounting.

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Buying the protection and help program is worth it for year end help and any other trouble shooting. The help line is awesome. Compared to other accounting software they are not nearly as user friendly as Sage 100 contractor.

 

from Votze Butler Associates, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Call me anytime for a reference!!

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I love that it is user-friendly and easy to use. I have no issues with learning and teaching this software.

Likes Least

The Help menu isn't always helpful. There are many times I cannot find what I am looking for.

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This software can be taught quickly. People that have never used construction accounting software should be able to catch on quickly. If you have used software like Timberline in the past, Sage 100 is much simpler. I would recommend it for a company with an annual volume size from 3 million to 40 million. If there is a trial period where you can use it, definitely try it out. I have been using it for over 10 years and I am still learning things. We have an outside vendor assist us and they are wonderful and answer all necessary questions in a timely manner. The program does not "go down" and all entries are saved immediately. This software can be used by subcontractors and also general contractors. It is definitely built for both. I honestly cannot say enough good things about Sage 100 and I do not know why more companies aren't using it!!

 

from Continental Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Sage 100 Contractor - review April 2015

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I like how easy it is to get information if needed with help support and the software is very efficient to work with. It is very easy to get to the menu and the menu is very helpful to go to the place where I need to be.

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There is not much to say about the dislikes of this program. It has everything that I need and customer support is always right there when I need them and very helpful.

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I would have to tell them that Sage software is not quick books and it is a little more expensive to work with but a very good program. If they have more than 25 employees that this is a very good program to work with. I like the accounts payable and accounts receivable and the payroll program. I also like the project management, number 6. I like all the reports that it will give you.

 

from Cody|Brock, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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The conversion was nearly seamless. Sage seamed to have thought of everything. I love that it is Excel based.

Likes Least

Not knowing everything right away. The trainings are helpful and easy to follow. There is so much to Sage 100 Contractor.

Recommendations

Check out all the modules Sage has to offer. Look into how they work with other familiar application products.

 

from Summit Mechanical, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Extremely Positive

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Sage 100 is highly adaptable and flexible, which allows for us to continually refine our processes to fit our needs.

Likes Least

There hasn't been many improvements made to the software in the time I have used it. The product was strong to begin with but there hasn't been much growth.

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Software that is easy to understand is of paramount importance; the rest of your business will not wait for you to learn a complicated new software package.

 

from GB Systems
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

SAGE 100 for Mechanical Contractor

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It's fairly customizable, so we are getting exactly what we need from the program. Sage is a great company to work with and they are good at including us at every step.

Likes Least

There are a few more hidden costs than I was anticipating, but they are justified and needed. I just wish some are a little more upfront and included into the total contract cost.

Recommendations

Do your research and make sure you find a good company like Sky-Line to support you through the implementation process.

 

from Vander Meulen Builders
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great product for companies of various sizes

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We are a small firm. The estimating and job cost modules have helped us to streamline the way we estimate projects and the way we track our products. We can count on Sage's support team when we have questions; they are available and knowledgeable, as well as courteous.

Likes Least

Sometimes, it takes a long time to get bugs fixed in the software. We have to find workarounds in those situations.

Recommendations

Carefully consider the time it will take to implement the system well. Plan for ongoing training.

 

from TCI Construction Company, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

TCI Construction Co., Inc. Survey

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I love that I can categorize all of my expenses (through cost codes) and track where money is being spent. Subcontracts can be tracked as well, which makes managing a project a lot easier!

Likes Least

Training would be very useful when using this program so that you understand its capabilities.

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It's perfect for a company in construction or a company that needs cost coding and tracking.

 

from D.L. White Construction, Inc. & Northern Sky Builders, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Sage (Master Builder) user for 20 years

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This software has been the most helpful office tool I could ever have used. It organizes every bit of information I need. For the twenty years I've been using this program, I've never once had an issue that I didn't receive help with from the support staff. Even when the company has changed, the support for this software never waivers. I like how with just a few clicks, I can get reports on any criteria I need. I can present information in many different formats depending on what our builder needs to know at any given time.

Likes Least

I would like to be able to email invoices to my clients straight from the program. If that function is available, I'm just not aware of it. I get a lot of emails from Sage and a lot of information about online classes, but I'm too busy to read through everything. It would be nice to just get one simple email a month with helpful hints to improve how I utilize and use the program. I could skim through it and see if anything applies to my usage needs. That would be nice.

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If I am giving advice to anyone considering purchasing this software compared to other programs, I would tell them that this program has been around for a long time. The company that owns it has changed several times. If the program wasn't excellent and its users exceptionally happy with it, it would not have lasted through the changes in ownership.

 

from Daniel Larsen Builders, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

It works for me

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It's easy to use, flexible, and customizable. The year-end wizard is great, as is the tech support.

Likes Least

I have to turn off my antivirus when I re-index or do year-end. I've never liked the Sage100 website, which is very convoluted. It's hard to navigate. It used to be that I could only access it via Internet Explorer, and I don't like using that browser because it is so easy for others to hack and infect. Because I don't like the site, I don't use it, and I'm not sure if it is now supported on Mozilla.

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Definitely pay for the annual support package. Tech support is awesome.

 

from Wes Worsham Fire Protection, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

This software is awesome. I cannot say enough good things about it.

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This software is extremely user-friendly. All of the steps and actions flow easily and make perfect sense. And there is Help on every page. Live Chat, the Knowledge Base, and Remote Help are always available as well.

Likes Least

I have not had any negative experiences with this software or the vendor.

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I have used four other software programs, and this one is the best hands-down. When evaluating this software, consider how easy it is to use, of course, but also look at how easy it is to make corrections!

 

from Stone Construction Company
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Sage 100 Contractor is the best integrated construction mgmt software

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The system does have a learning curve. But once you are past that, the information, reports and accounting and job management integration is seamless. The support staff is the best I have every dealt with. They always have a solution.

Likes Least

The only downside I have found is the scheduling module. It is overly complicated and frustrating to use.

Recommendations

Try it out. You can customize your reports and your bids so they look like you want them to. You can build your database of costs and are not locked into a generic one. You can customize employee access for security: they can entry info, but cannot change it at will (if you want that). Talk to a couple of the Sage outside partner experts. Ask for a list of current users, and you choose who to call and talk to.

 

from J. Carroll Weaver, Inc.
Specialty: Paving
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Love this program!

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It's easy to work with and easy to learn. It works with many other applications, and their customer service/help line is a life saver and knowledgeable.

Likes Least

I haven't figured out how to get Heavy Bid/Job to talk to it. Creating your own forms is complicated.

Recommendations

If you are familiar with Excel and like it, you will love this program. Play with a sample before making a commitment.

 

from Artisan Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

User-friendly accounting

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The software is easy to use and learn. If you do have problems, the vendor help desk is more than helpful and efficient.

Likes Least

How to create new reports. If you need to make a custom report, it sometimes takes a lot of time to do.

Recommendations

Read the instructions if you can when you first load it. It is helpful to have proper training, but it can easily be learned if not.

 

from PDQ construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

We like this product very much.

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This provides so many tools and reports that are very helpful in keeping track of costs on all our jobs big and small.

Likes Least

There isn't anything that I really don't like. I found it a pain to close the books before I could pay payroll at the end of the year, but they fixed that.

Recommendations

Try it out for yourself to see if it fits your company's needs. There are a lot of programs out there, and no two are the same.

 

from Aztec Construction & Mechanical, Inc.
Specialty: Government - federal
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

The Most User-Friendly Software I've Ever Used

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It's user-friendly software with knowledgeable customer service.

Likes Least

Can only use numbers for job numbers (3-5); it would be nice to be able to use alphanumeric codes.

Recommendations

Take the training classes, and then get hands on. Don't be shy about asking questions; they're great about answering them.

 

from Eagle's View Construction II, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Massive Data

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I like the vendor's customer service commitment; I like that they're a phone call away. I like Sage 100 Contractor because, in comparison to QuickBooks Contractor, it's a data manager of massive proportions. I never thought I'd see the day that our little company would outgrow QuickBooks, but I'm incredibly grateful for the ease of transition and the amazing intuitive forces built within Sage 100.

Likes Least

It takes a bit of a learning curve to adjust after so many years of a simplistic accounting system (QB), but it's well worth it for the data results we receive and the amount of time, talent, and energy saved.

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There are questions you should ask that you're not even aware of even yet, no matter how many years of experience you have in accounting or in software. I wish I could tell you what those questions are, but they are specific to the way you're used to doing things, and they going to make you feel like you missed something. Consider this something of an expectation, but your vendor will work very closely with you to get through these types of issues.

 
 
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