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The focus of Buildertrend has always been on the residential market, with customers ranging from custom and production homebuilders to remodelers. The web-based system offers integrated scheduling, project management, and CRM.
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The focus of Buildertrend has always been on the residential market, with customers ranging from custom and production homebuilders to remodelers. The web-based system offers integrated scheduling, project management, and CRM.
 
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Due to its strengths in collaboration and documentation, Procore is a good fit for communication-intensive custom and semi-custom homebuilders. It typically is not used by production builders with little communication needs.
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Due to its strengths in collaboration and documentation, Procore is a good fit for communication-intensive custom and semi-custom homebuilders. It typically is not used by production builders with little communication needs.
 
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Co-Construct is a web-based system that is designed for construction firms in residential remodeling, home building and residential design. The system helps firms manage schedules, share project documentation and more.
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Co-Construct is a web-based system that is designed for construction firms in residential remodeling, home building and residential design. The system helps firms manage schedules, share project documentation and more.
 
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PlanSwift is a popular estimating and takeoff system used by over 12,000 construction pros. It supports the unique needs of many trades, including home building. For example, it has a joist and rafter tool for quick roof framing.
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PlanSwift is a popular estimating and takeoff system used by over 12,000 construction pros. It supports the unique needs of many trades, including home building. For example, it has a joist and rafter tool for quick roof framing.
 
Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) logo
 
Sage 100 Contractor initially began as a homebuilder accounting system and still maintains a very strong presence in the industry. It is popular for builders outgrowing starter accounting programs, Excel, and paper.
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Sage 100 Contractor initially began as a homebuilder accounting system and still maintains a very strong presence in the industry. It is popular for builders outgrowing starter accounting programs, Excel, and paper.

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On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential... Read More
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On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential... Read More
 
Dexter + Chaney Spectrum logo
 
Dexter + Chaney’s home builder construction software is a strong solution for mid-sized to large firms looking for a wide range of features that are accessible on the Web. Spectrum offers job costing, project management and more
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Dexter + Chaney’s home builder construction software is a strong solution for mid-sized to large firms looking for a wide range of features that are accessible on the Web. Spectrum offers job costing, project management and more
 
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Jonas Enterprise’s home builder software is designed for construction businesses making between $5 million and $100 million in revenue annually. Some of its applications include project management and service management.
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Jonas Enterprise’s home builder software is designed for construction businesses making between $5 million and $100 million in revenue annually. Some of its applications include project management and service management.
 
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and midsize contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premise or in the cloud, the solution enables... Read More
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and midsize contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premise or in the cloud, the solution enables... Read More

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We talk to many homebuilders scared off by large price quotes received from construction accounting vendors. We often recommend JOBPOWER to them due to the fact that it offers strong functionality at a relatively low price.
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We talk to many homebuilders scared off by large price quotes received from construction accounting vendors. We often recommend JOBPOWER to them due to the fact that it offers strong functionality at a relatively low price.
 
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Jonas Premier is designed for the small to medium-sized home builder and offers functionality that you'd expect in a home building package such as job costing and subcontractor management. The system works for a Mac or PC.
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Jonas Premier is designed for the small to medium-sized home builder and offers functionality that you'd expect in a home building package such as job costing and subcontractor management. The system works for a Mac or PC.
 
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More
 
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Designed for growing residential firms, ConstructionSuite is one of the most comprehensive construction management systems on the market. This solution offers estimating, specification and Outlook integration.
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Designed for growing residential firms, ConstructionSuite is one of the most comprehensive construction management systems on the market. This solution offers estimating, specification and Outlook integration.
 
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PlanGrid provides web-based standalone project management software for the construction industry. The software was developed to be used by companies who work in real estate development, engineering, home building, and more. Among the... Read More
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PlanGrid provides web-based standalone project management software for the construction industry. The software was developed to be used by companies who work in real estate development, engineering, home building, and more. Among the... Read More

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Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) logo
 
Sage Estimating (formerly Timberline Estimating) is one of the biggest names in construction software, offering industry-leading standalone packages for estimating, accounting, and project management.
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Sage Estimating (formerly Timberline Estimating) is one of the biggest names in construction software, offering industry-leading standalone packages for estimating, accounting, and project management.
 
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BuildBinder is a multi-user collaborative application designed to manage the entire scope of a construction project, from initial design and funding to close-out and hand-off. The system uses the term “CIMS (Construction Information... Read More
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BuildBinder is a multi-user collaborative application designed to manage the entire scope of a construction project, from initial design and funding to close-out and hand-off. The system uses the term “CIMS (Construction Information... Read More
 
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Maestro is the flagship product of Maestro Technologies, a Canadian-based software company that has been in the construction software industry for the last 20 years. Their solution has helped over 2,000 customers manage construction... Read More
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Maestro is the flagship product of Maestro Technologies, a Canadian-based software company that has been in the construction software industry for the last 20 years. Their solution has helped over 2,000 customers manage construction... Read More
 
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Ventus, by Vertical Market Software, incorporates over three generations of construction industry knowledge into the software. The software serves a wide range of companies working in the construction market - HVAC and mechanical contractors,... Read More
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Ventus, by Vertical Market Software, incorporates over three generations of construction industry knowledge into the software. The software serves a wide range of companies working in the construction market - HVAC and mechanical contractors,... Read More
 
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Superintendent's Automated Manager (SAM) by Automated Trackers is a construction management solution for firms of any size. It can be deployed on-premise or hosted, and is suitable for trades like construction manager, design/build,... Read More
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Superintendent's Automated Manager (SAM) by Automated Trackers is a construction management solution for firms of any size. It can be deployed on-premise or hosted, and is suitable for trades like construction manager, design/build,... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: June 9, 2017


When it comes to home building projects, general contractors are the face that everyone wants time in front of. “Everyone” in this scenario primarily includes the customers paying for the build (i.e., future owners of the home, realtors or maybe even a property agency) as well as the many numerous subcontractors hired to execute on their specialties.

With all these people fighting for time, a general contractor needs some organization and automations to fall back on. This is where home building software comes onto the scene. Home building software systems offer general contractors newfound efficiencies around every facet of their operation. They collect and provide easily accessible data for general contractors to reference. The systems also enable contractors to mandate standard processes for all subcontractors and customers to follow.

We have dozens of home builder construction software offerings listed on our site for you to explore. Take some time to check out our user-generated reviews to get a sense of how the various systems have performed for your peers. And keep in mind the wide variance of the product capabilities, ranging from less expensive resident-specific software all the way up to enterprise-level construction manage systems.

All the decisions you’ll face when choosing your system can seem like a tall task, but it’s not that bad. We’ve created this buyer’s guide for you to reference when making your selection. It should ease the selection process and help you make the best decision for you and your construction company.

Here’s what we'll cover in this guide:

What Is Home Builder Construction Software?
Common Features of Home Builder Construction Software
Evaluating Home Builder Construction Software

What Is Homebuilder Construction Software?

As alluded to above, general contractors on a home build job typically rely on subcontractors to complete specialized tasks. This often ends up with the home builder having to collect, monitor and store invoices, purchase orders and other important communications. They have to do all this while also monitoring the status and progress of all their jobs and those of their subs.

Screenshot of Jonas Enterprise user dashboard

Screenshot of Jonas Enterprise user dashboard

With all these management requirements, many contractors building a house typically require a complete construction management software system that can manage every aspect of the building process. At a very high level, these construction management systems offer core features:

  • Project scheduling: Put together a formal, high-level outline of when benchmark tasks need to be completed by. Set payable hours and manage job site personnel and activity.
  • Project management: Monitor each facet of the job to ensure all tasks are moving along in accordance with the schedule. Determine process efficiencies to shave off tasks/time.
  • Customer management: Collect and store valuable customer information for future reference and analysis. Automate messaging in accordance with major updates.
  • Service management: Manage the nitty gritty, day-to-day activities of the boots on the ground. Keep track of parts, tools, equipment and employees on the clock.

With these highly beneficial features, you can see how the need for a fully equipped construction management system will often be the most effective solution for residential general contractors. Keep in mind though that this is not the only choice home builders have.

Many top construction software vendors concentrate on one type of application. These specific software offerings are known as best-of-breed or standalone systems and can be a great fit for a home builder in need of a cost effective system to complete just one or two specific functions.

Common Features of Home Builder Construction Software

Home builders need most of the standard features that come with top rated construction management software, but as you’re looking there are a few features for home builders to consider:

Job bidding and proposal generator Most home builder construction systems have the ability to quickly generate bids and proposals. These can be used to send to prospective customers to win new jobs, or to current customers regarding new projects or subcontractor estimates for existing priorities.
Specialized job costing and invoicing One of the key features for home builder construction software is the inclusion of job costing data to improve estimating accuracy and make billing more efficient. A construction system that isn’t geared toward home building—or worse, a generic accounting system—won’t have anywhere near the same level of functionality.
Link to vendors and subcontractors Many systems will allow the user to link directly into vendor purchasing or subcontractor scheduling systems. This can expedite project/inventory management and scheduling. A system geared toward the home builder market will focus its materials in that area.
Critical path method scheduling Home building involves hundreds of individual tasks. Most of these have some degree of flexibility in terms of when they are executed, but all of them must be completed within a certain timeframe in order to keep from extending past deadline. Critical path method is a project modeling algorithm that’s specifically designed to solve these kinds of scheduling dependencies, so some home builder construction programs use this method to support the user in scheduling tasks and subcontractors.

Evaluating Homebuilder Construction Software

There are dozens of home builder programs for the construction market. In fact, several companies make multiple products for this one niche. Selecting the right one can be a daunting task, but as with any software, start by assessing your needs. An integrated suite will combine accounting, project management, scheduling and home builder CRM, but you may need just one or two of these capabilities. Residential remodelers have specialized needs within this industry, so they should choose a dedicated residential remodeling system.

Specific questions to ask when selecting home builder construction software include:

  • What size is your company? Most home builder construction programs are geared toward companies of a certain size, so this should be one of the first things to match when evaluating a program.
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  • What features do you need?
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  • Do you want an on-premise, client/server-based deployment or is your organization interested in exploring web-based deployment opportunities?
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  • How well does the software integrate with your existing accounting, CRM, ordering or other systems?

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