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

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

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from Capital Industries
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Sage 100, a Non-forgiving Tool

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The customer support is probably their best asset.

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Transitioning from QuickBooks to Sage 100 has been somewhat frustrating at best. Where QuickBooks was very forgiving when changes were to be made, Sage 100 is just the opposite. Depending on the situation, Sage 100 can be so locked down it requires a lot more time and effort in making a change that would be very simple to make in QuickBooks.

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If you're transitioning from QuickBooks to Sage 100, it would be well worth your time to write down what you really like about QB and see if or how Sage 100 is capable of performing the same function.

 

from Engineering
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Use this software for MRP and ERP

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I can't say I really like this product! but I guess low cost

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It is not user friendly and lacks many features related to manufacturing.

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None at this time. You need to use it for yourself to determine its value.

 

from The Business Skeleton
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Great Accouting Solution for Contractors

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This is a much better solution than Quickbooks Contractor edition, which really only gives you some additional reports. Sage 100 allows you to track subcontracts, purchase agreements, change orders, ect at the job level, which can not be done in QB.

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It is a bit more costly than QB and unfortunately is not cloud based, which is nice in this day and age.

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Watch a youtube video on the comparison of Sage 100 Versus QB for Contractors.

 

from Melendez construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Experience was good easy to understand

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Its easy to understand and work with.
You cannot complain about it like other softwares.

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Everything so far has been great have no regrets of buying it.

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Make more videos of tutorials some people might just not understand how your software works.

 

from Northern Interior Development Corporation
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

After a Learning curve the product works as expected

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Toll Free Help Line, there is a steep learning curve. Having a digital database tracking invoices, work orders and PO's is a huge help especially when accessible through a network.

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its beeps all the time. Cannot find a quote easily after the status is changed to a quote. Dispatch board is tedious at best, no quick make to make work orders.

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Make sure you buy enough licenses. Spend a good amount of time in the sample company before setting up your own.

 

from Fireside Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Good program, with a few changes it could be great

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The fact that almost all my needs are met within the same program is amazing. Also the fact that we own the software there is no month to month rental makes a huge difference.

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The program isn't hard to use but I find some of my employees that are not really computer savvy have a bit of a hard time finding their way around. The biggest issue is how non user friendly it is to find stuff like quotes and customers. Also there is some info that they ask for in places that doesn't make sense. The program is a little rough around the edges

I should also mention that the scheduling module is useless to us. We use google calendar instead.

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I recommend that you really look at the added features like the scheduling, inventory and such as they seem to need the most updating. Also have your book keeper/accountant play with it too as that side has a lot of differences over Sage 50.

I also recommend that you plan to transition a lot slower than you would originally think.

 

from TIC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

SAGE 100 Contractor

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The product is relatively simple to simple to navigate through and it is very economical. It is relatively easy to create your own reports.

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The product is not the best tool in support of complex project management needs; although we are doing things a bit out of the box. Also, we would like better CRM support along with bid tracking enhancements.

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It is a good software if on a budget. If you have more money to spend I have glanced at View Point and that software does offer a few more bells and whistles.

 

from Ocean Seven Builders, Inc
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Good Software

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Easy to work with has not given me any doubts of buying it.

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Everything has been fantastic about it so far and have no complaints.

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Its really organized and helps out a lot in the office.

 

from Edge Builders
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Sage - - Better than Timberline (old product)

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the ability to create your own templates and estimate the way you did take offs was huge. I love how it can be a as complicated as you want it to be.

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It like that it can take some employees multiple months of training until they are proficcient at this program. It is complicated when you start diving into certain solutions to help your company out.

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I would recomned for full time estimators but would discourage this program for those that estimate part time.

 

from Patriot Well Solutions
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Good for small- and mid-sized businesses

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Sage 100 ERP has enough functionality for a small- to mid- sized business. Its AP and AR modules are easy to use and very straightforward.

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Sage is not very user friendly for accounting oddities or idiosyncrasies. It does not trace transactions through different modules - such as PO to product receipt to invoice - very well. It is also not very user-friendly when searching for specific transactions.

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Test every module and every situation within the system prior to purchasing. Understand the limitations and make sure it is okay for your small business.

 

from TLS Companies
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Hard to download

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All the functions it provides. Everything mirrors when working with a specific job. Everyone in the office can view information and it’s update.

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Downloading. You need a big server to host and unless you plan not to use this on the field, the cloud is expensive to use monthly.

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Make sure you have a good server and it is able to hold the software.

 

from American Botanicals, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

A little out dated but works. I wish it could manage inventory better.

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I like how easily I can submit Po and master orders.

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I wish the system would call out what the headers define. Sometimes it is a surprise.

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Have more tutorial for those who want an out of the box feel.

 

from Island Enterprises, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Customer Friendly Software

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I like the simplicity of their menus and easy to navigate screens.

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Can be a little overwhelming with too much information under one menu. Customization of reports is not too easy unless you know Crystal reports.

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The software is easy to use and easy to learn. In the reports world, make sure that you have clear vision of your needs and whether those can be customized for you.

 

from Thermal Edge
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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It's implemented, and we have it already. It works with our business

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It's, a file cabinet and has terrible reporting. Kind of clunky and many ways to access the same info

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Make sure you have business intelligence and data extraction figured out beforehand

 

from B & B Construction Management, LLC
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Have used product for 25 years with great results.

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I have used this product when it was Timberline with two other companies I worked for in the past with one being a nationwide home building and the other a mid-range commercial contractor. Then when I went out on my own seven years ago it was the first thing I looked at for it's easy of use for my employees and it gave us everything we needed.

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So far, I haven't found anything that I have not liked.

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Look into ease of use by all who will be working with it and how easy the information flows from beginning to end of a project.

 

from Weathersure Systems Inc
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Very easy to use and Implement

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It is very easy to use and everything is all in one software

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the price of the yearly updates and dollar amount for the users

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Works great with Excel and it's one bundle packaged up in one software

 

from Boser Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Encourage all to review and try

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Sage 100 full fills our Commercial Construction Management needs. It's help keep our internal Team, Subcontractors and Clients organized and current from start to finish on all Projects.

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Sage 100 is great for a small or mid sized company but as we are expanding our platform and building for a larger scale Client, we are finding that Sage 100 is limiting us and that we may need to upgrade to the next level of software that Sage has to offer.

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I would definitely encourage anyone whom is considering purchasing a software for their Company to review Sage and all the services they have to offer. Their support Team and online knowledge base is a great asset too!

 

from Commercial Air, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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Good integration between estimating, project management, accounting, payroll, service, IFS Core.

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Some reports take FOREVER (e.g. a/p aging & service receivable aging can take more than an hour to process). Inventory is cumbersome.

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If integration of various parts of your recordkeeping is important to you this is a good product.

 

from Hamish Murray Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Decent Accounting Program with Project Management tacked on

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It does a decent job of the accounting part. I think if you want to pay to have them write a bunch of reports then it can do a lot.
Customer Service is awesome.

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Project Management portion is incredibly cumbersome. I have been using for 8 years and there have been very few improvements made. They recently released a cloud based version for this, but instead of it being an improvement on the existing product, they are selling it as a separate product and will triple our costs.

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I have heard it is supposed to be a robust product. Might work better for more specialist contractors, but not for us as remodelers.

 

from db General Contractors
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Eliminates Redundant Data Entry - Saves Tons of Time

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I appreciate the diversity of the software, all the different tasks that it can handle.

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It takes a very long time, in one case over an hour, just to get someone from Customer Support on the phone.

Recommendations

Only purchase this program if you are ready to dive in all the way. Fully integrate your entire company onto Sage and you will save tons of time and money. If you only go "half way" you will not be getting your money's worth.

 
 
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