Sage 100 Contractor Software (formerly Sage Master Builder)


 

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

Companies that have outgrown generic accounting software will find this solution an especially great fit. 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, reducing mistakes and keeping information current and accurate. 

Its dashboard is uniquely powerful; it 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 easily 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 customer support, all specialize in construction software. Ongoing phone support is exceptional, and over 90% of customers rate their phone support experience an eight or higher on a ten-point scale.

 

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 Highlighting Project Management
    Desktop Highlighting Project Management
  • 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

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

 

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 Contractors of Various Sizes

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I like the consistency across modules and the ease of use. It helps us understand our costs by job and assess where we are doing well and need to improve.

Likes Least

Sometimes, it can take a long time to get changes made to features. I would like better report writing capabilities.

Recommendations

Carefully consider how long it will take to implement and plan to invest in ongoing training.

 

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

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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.

Recommendations

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.

Recommendations

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.

 

from Ford Drywall & Stucco
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Sage 100 contractor has been the best investment for our company

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Sage is easy to learn and has all the tools you need to run a business successfully. I would recommend Sage for all types of businesses small or large.

Likes Least

There is nothing negative about this product. It is very self-explanatory and has all needs and reports for a business of any size. They also help with your year end closings and make sure you have all your updates before needed.

Recommendations

Sage has all different types of programs for all businesses. I would recommend it for all business. Their support team is great and always able to get you through a hurdle.

 

from IPL Industrial Services
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

New to Sage

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Sage has better reports than the software we previously used.

Likes Least

You cannot just write a check that links to the vendor without entering a vendor invoice.

Recommendations

Talk to someone who is already using the software.

 

from Southwest Commercial Interiors, LP
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Sage 100 Review - Great Product

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The software makes accounting for the construction industry very easy. We converted from QuickBooks, and there is a world of difference in what Sage 100 allows you to do vs QuickBooks.

Likes Least

The report writer is not especially easy to use. It could be more user-friendly to those who don't have much of a computer programing background.

Recommendations

This software allows you to maintain accurate job costing with the integrated Payroll, AP, and AR functions. It also allows for a way to track change orders billed to sub and prime contractors.

 

from Anderson Burton Construction Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Sage 100 Software

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There's very little that I like best.

Likes Least

To start with, you go through a third-party vendor. Sage doesn't even participate in the sales portion! They sold us add-ons and turnkey solutions that they claimed would solve not only our accounting needs, but also estimating, project management, and document control. Unfortunately these products fail miserably to achieve those goals. The support is a joke. We had multiple conference calls, meetings, etc., all charged to us of course. These solved very little and usually left us with more questions than answers.

Recommendations

First and foremost, know what you need. Don't get caught up in all the bells and whistles they try to sell you on. Secondly, make sure to have a full demo. Once you purchase the software, any training or discoveries are on your dime, not theirs. Before you actually buy the software, ask for a 30-day trial. Any company not willing to offer you that must not feel confident about their product. Purchases like these are a huge deal for companies treat that decisions with delicacy. Don't rush in!

 

from IPL Industrial Services
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Great Software!

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The software is very user-friendly. The support staff has been tremendously helpful during the transition stage.

Likes Least

Our biggest issue with Sage is the extra steps we have to take to write a check. In order to write a check and link the information to the vendor, we have to create an invoice. It would be nice to be able to simply write a check without those extra steps.

Recommendations

We were able to go to a local company and talk with others using Sage.

 

from D&D Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Sage 100 Experience

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It's easy to use. The job costing portion of the product is great. They have good customer support.

Likes Least

Right now I would like to upgrade to Sage Anywhere, but the Time Entry does not integrate with the service receivable module and the work orders. We use the work orders for the service division of the company.

Recommendations

Check out the job costing section. Try the sample company when evaluating this product.

 

from PCD
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Full charge bookkeeper with 6 years on Sage 100 Contractor

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I like the ease of use (I love making my own reports) and support from Sage City, the knowledge base, Sage Summit, Sage University and Sage employees.

Likes Least

I can't modify some reports. It's time consuming to get info out of Sage into existing Excel spreadsheets (a 3rd-party software is required) and setting security for each user (as in what they are or are not allowed to access). It would be nice to have one screen for each section with check-off boxes for access control.

Recommendations

Talk to people who use the software in which you are interested. Keep the future expansion of your company in mind.

 
 
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