Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office)


 

Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, formerly Sage Timberline Office, is part of Sage’s line of construction and real estate solutions. Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate is a construction management system that offers functionality for takeoff, cost estimating, project management, document management, service management, service operations and accounting.

Reflecting Sage’s heritage in the accounting software industry, Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate provides a deep level of accounting functionality. Buyers can expect to find usual accounting modules such as accounts payable, general ledger, accounts receivable, and payroll processing, alongside more industry-specific capabilities. Users within construction companies are able to access functions for materials management, job costing, AIA/item billing, and subcontractor compliance. Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate is used by companies working in several different industries including general contracting, real estate development, residential remodeling, and home building.

 

 

Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office) - Job Cost
 
  • Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office) - Job Cost
    Job Cost
  • Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office) - Estimating
    Estimating
  • Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office) - Project Management
    Project Management
  • Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office) - Service Management
    Service Management
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 8

185 Reviews of Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office)

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

Robust by antiquated

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Sage 300 CRE is a very detailed system but needs a complete revamping. It is able to store a lot of pieces of information, but getting them out of the system require a lot of work. When I evaluate software, I look at how many steps (clicks) it takes to accomplish my task. Sage is the absolute worst of all the software options available. Unfortunately our accounting has been using it forever and the cost to change would be too expensive right now. It can best be described as a Windows 95 database because that's what I think of every time I have to use it.

Pros

Able to store a vast amount of information. Everything is broken down into modules and works well with multiple users. Does allow for customization of certain tables and modules.

Cons

Requires too much work to get to what I need. Tables of data cannot be sorted. For example, a list of contacts on a project cannot be sorted. They are listed in order of entry, which means I have to scroll through an entire list to find a contact. Same goes for some drop down lists. If I don't know the person's name, I can't search. I have to scroll through the list one click at a time because the scroll bars on the side don't scroll proportionally. One click on a side scroll bar takes you down 75% of the bar even if the list is really long.

Getting information from the system requires customized reports, which you either pay for or get trained in Crystal Reports. I used to use Quickbooks Enterprise and was able to get more relevant information faster and easier than I do from Sage. Some of the screens can be expanded but do not show more information. It just creates more blank space so I spend a lot of time scrolling to get to what I need. The system as a whole is very out-dated. Search options are very basic...can't search for MEDICAL if the contact is entered as GREATER AREA MEDICAL CENTER. You would have to know it starts with GREATER AREA.

Advice to Others

When spending this much for software, I would evaluate all other options to be sure this is what you really need.

 
 

from BL Harbert International
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

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PJ is not user friendly. There are too many boxes to cross out in order for the data to come out correctly. There needs to be a more common sense way of picking the job you are on. Printing shouldn't take more than one click, same with email.

Pros

Keeping up with budget and the reports

Cons

the ease of use along with web based being slow in remote offices/jobsite

Advice to Others

keep it for job cost tracking

 
 

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

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I got this product for our company because we were using the accounting software. We were doing a lot of double entry so I thought this software would be key into minimizing that. I personally like the software it does everything that I need it to do and is fairly simple to navigate.

Pros

Communication through all platforms

Cons

Outdated, wish there was a online version

 
 

from AWL
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Time to change how it works

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We have been using Sage 300 (timberline) for almost 12 years, and there have been no changes (for better or worse) since we got initially.

Pros

Sage (Timberline) saves a lot of time and paperwork for contractors to deal with change orders, submittals, RFIs, etc. Its accounting function is well designed for management of projects of construction and real estate.

Cons

Interface has not been changed from years, its still the same as it was 10-12 years back. The database is very primitive.

Advice to Others

go for something else

 
 

from Integrated Fire Solutions, Inc
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Complicated set up with lack of flow.

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Coming from Quickbooks this is a living nightmare. Simple items like the ability to print a deposit slip do not exist. While it allows for a breakdown to figure out your real per job/customer cost, the number of steps to get this data are time consuming and drawn out. You must have accounting knowledge to use this and plenty of time. Possibly designed for large companies that have dedicated people to perform each of these tasks. The service software is not bad and is one of the few that completely integrates the ticketing into the system as opposed to a separate app. It is currently not compatible with Microsoft Server 2016 and you must have Windows 2012R2 for the most recent version.

Pros

All your info in one place. Integrated software to take your project from takeoff estimate to Final billing. Plenty of forms can be set up including Notice to Owner, etc. Instant scheduling for techs a plus and the ability to bill as soon as they complete the job.

Cons

Price, both time and money. Everything must be customized. Very few standard forms/documents/report. Difficult to operate.

Advice to Others

Would not recommend for small business coming from a simpler software. Initial training is extensive and once completed is not enough to operate the system.

 
 

from Katerra
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Love it

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Easy to use, seems to be the industry standard. Able to navigate through the programs seamlessly

 
 

from BestRenovations&HandyManservice
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

The best software

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It helped me with pricing and a lot of other things that I was having problems with it sorted it out for me my business is doing a little bit better than it was before

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Did it actually showed me how to handle my business and went step-by-step

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I like it

Advice to Others

The the software Works get it

 
 

from westbank
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Lackluster appearance and customer experience is not that great

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Timberline and timberscan are not visually appealing and the interface is not that user friendly. Things as simple as maximizing the input window or changing the width of columns is troublesome

 
 

from Westbank Corp
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Timberline

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It's pretty user friendly. Can lag and freeze at times

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Easy to follow. Modules are set up good.

Cons

Takes some time to sync data from Timberscan to Timberline

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no.

 
 

from Westbank Projects Corp
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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I've been a user of Sage 300 for almost 10 years, and there have been no changes (for better or worse) since i've used it.

Pros

- Fairly reliable and does not crash that often

Cons

- UI is not intuitive and not friendly towards new users
- Modules do not always communicate with each other (ie: CM)

Advice to Others

Although dated, it is still a more superior product than Yardi

 
 

from Katerra
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

Timberline Software

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I worked with Timberline Construction Accounting software for 5 years and found the adaptability for a new user to be difficult and not self-explanatory. The system did not "speak" to many other softwares in order to convert information from one system to another.

Pros

Clear reporting

Cons

Ease of use, training

 
 

from R&K Excavation Inc
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Sage

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We have used Sage for over 15 yrs. Several years ago we quit getting upgrades and support just because of the expense of it.

Pros

It does everything we need it to.

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Ongoing maintenance and updates are expensive compared to others.

 
 

from IMPACT Strategies, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Sage Timberline Pros and Cons

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I've been using Timberline for 14 years and have experience with all modules. Prior to using Timberline I worked for a CPA firm which gave me access to multiple software packages. Timberline is the best option for small to medium sized general contractors.

Pros

Timberline has modules to take care of all processes from Job Cost to General Ledger.
The Payroll module can handle quarterly payroll reports and certified payroll reports. Sage has added a cloud based time entry system which makes field payroll easier.
The Timberscan add on was a big improvement to the accounts payable process. Invoices can be searched easier in Timberscan.
Customer support is available, easy to use and usually has short wait times.

Cons

May be pricey for a small construction company. Some customization of reports may be needed but can be done if you have crystal reports knowledge.
Timberline's searching capabilities are limited.

Advice to Others

Know your needs and research products before committing.

 
 

from Samuel Sarick Limited
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Sage 300 Does what it needs too

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very good software, amazing PM side, Limited Financial side

Pros

PM

Cons

Accounting

 
 

from Westbank Projects
Specialty: Real estate developer

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Sage 300 CRE does a decent job with project costing, but not as good on just about every other aspect

Likes Least

Not intuitive (steep learning curve), user interface hard to understand, doesn't report taxes consistently, integration between accounting and project management not that good

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consider solutions with better dashboards and better integration

 
 

from SOLD, Inc
Specialty: Construction manager

Sage 300 Construction Review

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Great customer service support. Setup was somewhat cumbersome, but the Customer Service number was very helpful every time we had to call for help.

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Nothing of note, but the cost of the product is higher than others that compete with this one.

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Use of a third party consultant for setup may be something worth considering in your budget.

 
 

from Ecker Construction
Specialty: General contractor

Just what we need!

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The software is easy to use. It meets our company's needs in project management and accounting.

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It locks up quite a bit. It might just be my computer, but when I'm running reports, it locks up and I have to end the program.

Recommendations

Give it a try and ask questions if you don't understand a function.

 
 

from Horizon retail construction
Specialty: Construction manager

Future is optimistic

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Works great for construction industry
Fits how we do business as a retail construction company

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No mobility
On pervasive SQL
Requires old addins
Causes issues with excel, outlook, word
No plan to love to Sql

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Do your due diligence
POC is will all of your data and users accessing it

 
 

from Greenland usa
Specialty: Construction manager

Perfect tool for construction management

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It helps me on Asset Management a lot. Exceptionally strong for subcontractor management and complex payroll situations.

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No simple way to extract the data you need. It's also a lit bit slow to setup. It also take you a long time to be proficient on it, but once you are good on it, it's really a good tool.

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For a small construction company looking for decent job cost and payroll functions, as far as canned programs go, it's as good as anything else out there.

 
 

from Next Century
Specialty: Engineer

Good software

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Our current Sage/timberline is very user friendly. The cost is reasonable and affordable. For small construction firms it works as good as other software out there. Its features including accounting, production management, project management, procurement, and reporting and other tools.

Likes Least

It's a good software in the states but can be hard to use in other countries because some of the consultants might be expensive including reports and source deduction. The reports. You can filter on anything which is nice but you can’t add any row (easily).

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It is an easy transitional program but might be difficult to use without any training or help from a professional.

 
 
 
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