Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped dozens of builders choose the right construction software so they can access data via mobile app and track workers in the field.

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BuilderTREND

Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors, and general contractors. This solution combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer manageme... Read more

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Houzz Pro

Houzz Pro is a lead and project management solution designed for businesses in the home remodeling and design industries. Houzz Pro is able to streamline processes for businesses of all size by centralizing all business needs into... Read more

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Esticom

Esticom is a cloud-based construction takeoff and estimating platform that helps contractors manage construction projects with real-time access to labor, pricing, plans and material database. Primarily catering to trades such as e... Read more

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ConstructionOnline

UDA Technologies’ ConstructionOnline offers a web-based, integrated approach to project management, project scheduling, and customer management. Designed for emerging construction businesses in the homebuilding and remodeling indu... Read more

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PlanSwift

PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production ... Read more

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STACK

STACK Estimating is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes and all trades. STACK users can quickly and easily upload digital plans and complete takeoffs using the sof... Read more

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Contractor Foreman

Contractor Foreman is an integrated cloud-based project management and estimation solution that caters to businesses in the construction industry. Key features include financials and accounting, scheduling and planning, contact ma... Read more

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JobNimbus

JobNimbus is a CRM and project management solution suitable for home service companies. Manage your contacts, tasks, and projects from start to finish along with detailed reporting capabilities. With JobNimbus, businesses can... Read more

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RedTeam

RedTeam is a project management, construction financials and document control solution suited for midsize commercial general contractors. It is a cloud-based application developed by contractors to manage pre-construction, constru... Read more

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Accubid Anywhere

For electrical, industrial mechanical, and ICT contractors who need a flexible estimating tool to quickly and accurately create estimates, Trimble’s Accubid Estimating is a full-featured estimating solution. Available in multiple ... Read more

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RSMeans Data Online

RSMeans Data Online is cloud-based access to a comprehensive database of construction costs in North America. The application details costs for materials, equipment, labor and productivity at the unit, assembly and square foot lev... Read more

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TurboBid Estimating

TurboBid is an on-premise estimating software solution for small and midsize contractors designed to help them complete project estimations, regardless of the type of work, whether it's new residential, light commercial, remodelin... Read more

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PASKR

PASKR is a cloud-based construction management solution built for construction teams that enables users to estimate, build, and track projects. PASKR streamlines back office and field operations. Users are able to access proj... Read more

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Spectrum

Spectrum (formerly Dexter + Cheney) is a cloud-based construction ERP solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. Primary features include accounting, document management, job cost, project management, equipment management,... Read more

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InSite SiteWork

InSite SiteWork is a PDF & CAD cut and fill take-off and GPS modeling software solution for earthwork estimators who need to save time and money. Quickly and accurately calculate cut and fill, stripping, strata quantities, p... Read more

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Acumatica Cloud ERP

Acumatica Construction Edition is true cloud construction and accounting software that provides office and field teams real-time data including job costing, change orders, project management, dashboards and more. With field and of... Read more

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Jobber

Jobber is a cloud-based field service management software solution that allows small and midsize service businesses to manage field staff, provide customer support, and expand business operations either through a mobile app or a d... Read more

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BuildTools

BuildTools is a cloud-based construction project management software for custom home builders and remodelers. The solution helps users organize the chaos of building projects, providing one spot for scheduling, budgeting, purchasi... Read more

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Jonas Enterprise

Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management ca... Read more

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Stratosphere

Stratosphere by Tally Systems is a cloud-based construction takeoff software that helps construction estimators and contractors measure and markup digital blueprints. Key features include: cloud technology that enables estimators ... Read more

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Buyers guide

 

Mobile construction applications (or "apps") are almost a necessity these days. Modern construction professionals can use them to:

  • Draw up plans
  • Communicate change orders
  • Calculate precise estimates

We created this guide to help construction professionals understand how they can benefit from these apps. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Are Construction Apps?
Common Features of Apps for iOS and Android Devices
Construction Apps Pricing
The Vendor Landscape
Key Considerations When Selecting Construction Apps

What Are Construction Apps?

Increasingly, construction professionals have sought to harness the power of mobile devices to do their jobs more effectively. In response, more and more construction software vendors are offering companion applications (some being fully featured while others only offer a few core features) for iOS, Android and Windows smart devices.

The flexibility these apps provide allows construction professionals to be where they’re needed most—at the work site instead of the office—while still being able to execute on critical tasks.

Screenshot of iOS and Android construction management apps

Example of iOS and Android construction management apps

One important thing to note is that some construction apps are not standalone apps, meaning that you will have to have purchased the desktop or subscription software before you can use the app. These “paired” apps are generally free from the app store but will not work unless you have an associated account with the software vendor.

On the other hand, some construction apps are standalone, meaning you can purchase them from the app store without having to purchase or subscribe to any additional software or services. Standalone apps, while cheaper in general, might not be as fully featured as apps that are paired with traditional software.

This guide covers general construction management apps. To see our guide specifically for electrician apps, click here.

Common Features of Apps for iOS and Android Devices

Here are some common features you’ll find in many mobile construction management apps both Android and iOS:

Estimates Allows users to digitally create estimates for construction projects on the spot. Users can then sync the estimates back to their office system. Most cost estimator apps will have a material costs database that is regularly updated with market prices.
Bid management Allows users to create, manage and send out bids for construction contracts.
Change orders Allows users to receive—and in some cases carry out—change orders to plans and blueprints from customers.
Project management Allows users to monitor project status and track the time it takes to complete various project stages.
Customer relationship management Allows users to organize and store customer information and work order information associated with that account.
Document control Manages documents, bids, RFQs and other important documents in one place so the user can easily find and edit them.
Scheduling Users can schedule jobs and plan where and when to schedule their crews. Typically integrates with project management features to give users a total view of scheduling for a project.
Blueprints Some apps will allow the user to draw up and modify existing blueprints, allowing the user to export the blueprint in a variety of file formats.

Construction Apps Pricing

In general, construction software is priced one of two ways: subscription pricing or a perpetual license. With subscription, you typically pay a monthly fee to use the software. That monthly fee is usually dependent on the size of your business or the volume of construction work your business does.

With a perpetual license, you pay a one-time fee upfront and can use the software indefinitely. However, even with a perpetual license, you might have to pay annual fees for support, maintenance and/or upgrades. The lifecycle for perpetual licensed software runs around five years, meaning you’ll likely want to upgrade to something new at that point.

When it comes to mobile construction apps, you likely won’t pay anything to use the mobile version of construction software that you are already using, unless the mobile version offers separate features or applications. You may have to pay more for standalone apps that are not paired with other software.

The Vendor Landscape

There are many vendors that offer construction management apps—each targeting different segments and business sizes within the construction industry. Whether you’re a solo general contractor or a multinational construction company, there is a solution to meet your mobile needs.

Below are some of the most popular vendors with mobile offerings:

BuilderTREND

BuilderTREND’s mobile application includes project management, CRM and time tracking

BuilderTREND offers a fully-featured construction project management and customer relationship management (CRM) application for iOS devices. Users can do everything on BuilderTREND’s mobile app that they can do with its desktop web application.

Co-Construct

Co-Construct’s mobile app includes project management, time tracking and scheduling

Co-Construct features project management and document control capabilities (such as managing plans, estimates, bids, etc.), allowing users to track and document the progress of their projects. Users can send, receive and edit documents via the mobile app.

Procore

Procore’s mobile app includes project management, scheduling and document control

Procore’s mobile application helps with managing bids, document control and blueprint creation by allowing users to access all of a project’s data when they are out on the job site.

Users can access Procore’s main features via the mobile application, allowing them to make changes to plans, check off completed tasks and monitor the status of requests for information (RFIs) they have sent out.

Key Considerations When Selecting Construction Apps

Mobile applications have taken the construction industry by storm in recent years, making contractors’ jobs easier and preventing many headaches. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, when making your selection.

Wireless availability. If you’re a contractor on-the-go in rural areas or areas without great cellular or data service, consider how well the mobile app will work for you. Does it require being online to use, or can it sync data later when it is connected? If it’s the former, you might want to look at other options.

Multiple users. If multiple people in your business are going to use a mobile application, consider what it will take to get everyone trained on it. Also consider how advanced the user permissions are. For example, you might want to limit certain functionalities to certain users so inadvertent changes can’t be made to a set of blueprints.