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Designed for small to mid-sized custom-builders and remodelers, Buildertrend is an affordable web-based solution that manages all aspects of a project including scheduling, purchase orders and change orders.
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Designed for small to mid-sized custom-builders and remodelers, Buildertrend is an affordable web-based solution that manages all aspects of a project including scheduling, purchase orders and change orders.
 
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Developed for custom builders and remodelers, Co-construct is a web-based management solution that offers a powerful set of efficiency and productivity tools to make the process of custom home building streamlined and effortless.
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Developed for custom builders and remodelers, Co-construct is a web-based management solution that offers a powerful set of efficiency and productivity tools to make the process of custom home building streamlined and effortless.
 
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UDA’s ConstructionSuite was created for residential remodelers, and offers integrated applications for estimating, scheduling and document management, for an all-inclusive project management platform.
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UDA’s ConstructionSuite was created for residential remodelers, and offers integrated applications for estimating, scheduling and document management, for an all-inclusive project management platform.
 
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating, accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and mid-sized contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premises or in the cloud, the solution... Read More
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating, accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and mid-sized contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premises or in the cloud, the solution... Read More
 
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JOBPROGRESS is construction management software for residential remodeling contractors. The system works best with small businesses and can be customized to grow with an organization. The platform is web-based and offers estimating,... Read More
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JOBPROGRESS is construction management software for residential remodeling contractors. The system works best with small businesses and can be customized to grow with an organization. The platform is web-based and offers estimating,... Read More

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Ideal for medium to large-sized firms, Ventus provides modules for job costing, estimating, accounting and more. This solution is a great fit for residential remodeling companies who want a system deployed on-premise.
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Ideal for medium to large-sized firms, Ventus provides modules for job costing, estimating, accounting and more. This solution is a great fit for residential remodeling companies who want a system deployed on-premise.
 
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The Plus Series is developed by Contractor Software Group and is designed for small and medium-sized residential contractors. Their remodeling estimating system helps manage customers, contracts and track material costs.
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The Plus Series is developed by Contractor Software Group and is designed for small and medium-sized residential contractors. Their remodeling estimating system helps manage customers, contracts and track material costs.
 
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improveit! 360 is a mobile-ready solution for scheduling, estimating, and customer management. It's recommended to home improvement companies in the United States and Canada and offers features like automated lead management.
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improveit! 360 is a mobile-ready solution for scheduling, estimating, and customer management. It's recommended to home improvement companies in the United States and Canada and offers features like automated lead management.
 
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MarketSharp is a customer management tool used by residential remodelers and other professionals in the construction industry. In addition to CRM functionality, the system offers integrated Estimating, Project Scheduling, and Project... Read More
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MarketSharp is a customer management tool used by residential remodelers and other professionals in the construction industry. In addition to CRM functionality, the system offers integrated Estimating, Project Scheduling, and Project... Read More
 
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Maestro's complete suite of construction management software is suitable for mid-size to large residential remodeling contractors to maintain a cost database and generate job proposals. Also integrates with accounting.
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Maestro's complete suite of construction management software is suitable for mid-size to large residential remodeling contractors to maintain a cost database and generate job proposals. Also integrates with accounting.

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Visual Planning’s residential remodeling estimating soluiton suits companies of any size. This system helps residential remodeling contractors with project planning and real-time reports over the course of a project.
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Visual Planning’s residential remodeling estimating soluiton suits companies of any size. This system helps residential remodeling contractors with project planning and real-time reports over the course of a project.
 
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Buildshop is a cloud-based construction platform suitable for to small and midsize home builders, remodelers, designers, contractors and tradesmen. The platform offers project management tools, file sharing capabilities and messaging... Read More
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Buildshop is a cloud-based construction platform suitable for to small and midsize home builders, remodelers, designers, contractors and tradesmen. The platform offers project management tools, file sharing capabilities and messaging... Read More
 
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Cubit is construction estimating software by Buildsoft offering integrated bid management and estimating. The solution specializes in onscreen takeoff directly linked to estimating. If a user makes a change to their takeoff, it will... Read More
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Cubit is construction estimating software by Buildsoft offering integrated bid management and estimating. The solution specializes in onscreen takeoff directly linked to estimating. If a user makes a change to their takeoff, it will... Read More
 
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LEVESYS is a construction project management tool designed to help contractors in a variety of industries create estimates, manage bids, schedule projects, correspond with customers, track finances, and manage follow-up repairs and... Read More
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LEVESYS is a construction project management tool designed to help contractors in a variety of industries create estimates, manage bids, schedule projects, correspond with customers, track finances, and manage follow-up repairs and... Read More
 
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Since incorporating in 1981 and now headquartered in Houston, Texas, ePROMIS Solutions specializes in business management software including ERP, HCM and CRM solutions.  ePROMIS’s business solutions encompass the entire spectrum... Read More
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Since incorporating in 1981 and now headquartered in Houston, Texas, ePROMIS Solutions specializes in business management software including ERP, HCM and CRM solutions.  ePROMIS’s business solutions encompass the entire spectrum... Read More

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ProContractor Estimating™ logo
 
ProContractor Estimating software offers tools for takeoff, estimating, and bid management in a single system. The software features include accounting and project management, mobile applications, and business intelligence solutions... Read More
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ProContractor Estimating software offers tools for takeoff, estimating, and bid management in a single system. The software features include accounting and project management, mobile applications, and business intelligence solutions... Read More
 
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Clear Estimates is built specifically for residential remodeling. The system is especially straightforward, intuitive, and affordable, making it a very popular option for remodelers looking for a straightforward estimating system.
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Clear Estimates is built specifically for residential remodeling. The system is especially straightforward, intuitive, and affordable, making it a very popular option for remodelers looking for a straightforward estimating system.
 
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MacDraft Professional is a 2D CAD application for Mac. The software is suitable for classrooms, professional architects and individual users, and it features tools for floor plan design, architectural drawing and illustration. Users... Read More
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MacDraft Professional is a 2D CAD application for Mac. The software is suitable for classrooms, professional architects and individual users, and it features tools for floor plan design, architectural drawing and illustration. Users... Read More
 
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With more than three decades of experience in the construction industry, Smart Contractor is good fit for small to mid-sized residential remodeling firms. The system is an integrated suite with estimating, accounting, and more.
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With more than three decades of experience in the construction industry, Smart Contractor is good fit for small to mid-sized residential remodeling firms. The system is an integrated suite with estimating, accounting, and more.
 
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PrioSoft's primary focus is in the small residential market. The system offers a standalone estimating program that can be expanded to include features for onscreen takeoff, project management, CRM, and accounting.
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Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: May 25, 2017


Traditionally, residential remodelers have relied on pen and paper to draw up estimates for their customers. While many remodelers swear by this method, it can be time consuming and can lead to inaccurate estimates. So if you’re looking to streamline your estimating process and put together tighter, more accurate bids, you will want to look into purchasing residential remodeling estimating software.

We put this guide together to help you better understand this type of software. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Residential Remodeling Estimating Software?
Common Features of Residential Remodeling Estimating Software
Residential Remodeling Estimating Software Pricing
Residential Remodeling Estimating Software Deployment
Other Considerations

What Is Residential Remodeling Estimating Software?

Cost estimating software helps residential remodeling contractors calculate material and labor costs and produce detailed remodeling proposals. As competition for projects continues to increase and more contractors are pressured to deliver fixed-bid work, buyers are adopting modern systems, including Web-based systems, to deliver accurate and professional proposals. At the same time, owners are using these systems to create their own home remodeling estimates and double check the accuracy of project bids they receive.

Screenshot of Visual Planning user dashboard

Screenshot of Visual Planning user dashboard

Common Features of Residential Remodeling Estimating Software

When we speak to residential contractors, the two primary criteria they have for estimating systems are: 1) that it be easy to use; and, 2) that it is affordable. There are a number of systems that meet these criteria, but they vary in their feature breadth and sophistication. Below is a table of the top core modules you should look for as you evaluate home estimating systems.

Manage customers Your system should serve as a basic customer management system. For example, it should track your prospect and client contact information, as well as the notes you create when you interact with them. More advanced programs will help you organize and automate your new project sales pipeline.
Manage projects While an estimating system does not function as a construction project management system, it should organize estimates by project and maintain information on each project. You should be able to pull up a client contact, select one of that client’s projects and see the estimates you have developed for that project.
Track material costs The core of an estimating system is the ability to maintain an extensive database of materials. This database should be updated regularly with up-to-date prices for materials in your region through a subscription pricing service like RemodelMAX. You should also be able to modify this database yourself.
Manage assemblies Rather than specify every 2x4 and nail you need for a job, you’ll want to create assemblies that combine all of the items needed to build a specific unit of work (e.g., a residential interior wall). Vendors should offer pre-built assemblies, as well as the ability to create custom assemblies.
Build and reuse templates Templates are like assemblies at the project level. They allow the remodeling cost estimator to start with a completed estimate for a similar job (e.g., kitchen remodel) and then make modifications to make the estimate specific to the job that is being estimated. The system should come with a library of templates, and allow you to create custom templates.
Reflect change orders Of course, things change during the pre-construction process and during the project. So, the system should enable you to process change orders in the system. The system should generate a change order report that illustrates the cost impact of the change. Finally, this feature should have a status for accepted, declined, pending etc.
Generate reports and proposals The output of your estimating activities should be well-formatted reports, contracts, and proposals that impress your clients with their professional level of detail and polish. The system should make it easy to customize these reports with your company logo and contact information, as well as contract terms specific to how you do business.

Residential Remodeling Estimating Software Pricing

Residential remodeling estimating software is typically priced in two different ways: subscription pricing and perpetual license pricing.

Subscription pricing: With subscription pricing, users typically pay a monthly fee for as long as they want to use the software. This fee might be determined by the breadth of features you want included, or it can also be determined by the number of remodeling jobs your business does on average.

Perpetual license pricing: With a perpetual license, you pay one large fee upfront and own the software indefinitely. However, with a perpetual license, you may have to pay annual fees for support, maintenance and upgrades.

It is worth noting that some vendors offer “per job” pricing, meaning you’ll only be charged for every individual remodeling job, and typically it’s a small percentage of the remodeling job’s overall price. Some vendors also offer free versions of their software that have limited features, allowing you to try it and out and see if you want to pay for the full version.

Residential Remodeling Estimating Software Deployment

Residential remodeling software is deployed one of two ways: cloud-based and on-premise.

On-premise. With on-premise software, you install the software directly on your own computers or servers. On premise software is typically associated with perpetual license pricing.

Cloud-based. Cloud-based software is accessed through a web browser or a native mobile application and is hosted on the software vendor’s servers. Many residential remodelers prefer to use cloud-based estimating software as it allows them to draw up estimates from their mobile device when they’re on the go.

Other Considerations

It is important to keep in mind that not all estimating software platforms can accommodate residential remodelers. Some platforms are better suited for specific types of estimating work, while others can work as multi-purpose systems that can cover most of your bases.

Also consider vendor viability. We frequently see in the market for construction software smaller vendors getting acquired—and sometimes sunsetted—by bigger vendors. While smaller vendors often have cheaper pricing, you might have less confidence that the vendor will be around for a long time. This is particularly important if the vendor offers a perpetual license and then goes defunct—that can be a bad investment if you end up stuck with “abandoned” software that is no longer being updated.

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