Best Bid Electrical Estimating Software gives electrical contractors the ability to complete detailed estimates for commercial, industrial and residential projects.
There are special assemblies for lighting, switches, receptacles and branch circuits that users can enter all their quantities on one page without having to enter each item one at a time.
Best Bid Hybrid provides workflow integration from takeoff to estimate. Users can import PDFs to count and measure directly from their computer screen and all information is entered into the estimate.
The solution guides users through the estimating process by way of the control panel that is labeled in the order of most plans. Lighting-Switches-Receptacles-Stub-Ups-Branch Circuits-Conduit and Wire-Feeders-Fire Alarm-Site PVC-MC-Gear-Quotes and Summary.
All pricing can be manually updated or by using NetPricer.
MAt from Electrical Solutions
Employees number: 11-50 employees
The overall product is great!! I had been using BB alongside another program since 2015. I now use BB exclusively for all of our projects.
What first caught my attention about BB was the User interface. It is very simple and neatly organized in a manner that makes it easy for any electrical contractor to navigate and confidently complete a competitive bid.
I also like having the added takeoff program included with the estimating program. It's ability to automatically transfer takeoff information into the estimate portion of BB, in my opinion, is second to none. Having the two programs work congruently removes a lot of the headache and potential for error that can commonly occur when doing takeoffs by hand or in a standalone program.
The program has a myriad of features including reports that translate well into the field. We are able to use many of these reports to track and compare the progress of each job to how we bid it. Having this ability is priceless, because it allows us to sharpen our pencils and correct errors (if any) on the next bid.
I am also impressed with knowing that I own this program and I don't have to pay annual fees/subscriptions.
Lastly, customer service has been awesome!!! I encountered issues when installing the program. Customer service was prompt and knowledgable. I was up and running in no time.
Ran into issues with installation when upgrading from an older version. As a result of the issue I lost old data. The issue was more than likely with my computer, but having an option to backup and restore the database, may have saved me the hassle.
Alexandra from Spectrum Electric Inc
Employees number: 11-50 employees
What I liked most about this product is how a good tool it is to have on hand when one is rushed into making a estimate on a job.
Aside from it being a great tool to have on hand when rushed to estimate a job, sometimes it's not as accurate as one hopes. I prefer estimating ourselves instead of using the program but when in need, it's a life saver!
Response: Steve, 1st Choice Electrical Estimating Software
Date: January 2018
Alexandra, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Please let me respond to two of your comments.
“ It’s not as accurate as one hopes”. The software does not have emotions, it takes your input and produces material and labor according to how you have set your settings. It is 100% right all the time and reacts to what you told it to do.
“I prefer estimating ourselves”. Alexandra, there should never be a time where by hand is better than most software. If you will email us with your concerns I will promise you our staff will help you tailor the software to your business needs. Please let us help.
WILLIAM from Stephenson Electric llc
Employees number: 11-50 employees
What a wonderful product. I had a few issues in the beginning with my computer and the agent personally walked me through every step that I needed. Has saved me a tremendous amount of time on bids and has been very accurate on pricing. Great product
The user friendly interface and convenience of the vast amount of pricing incorporated into the system.
Buy it, you won't regret it
Bruce from Barrett Electric
this software is very easy to use it is extremely accurate and allows you to change anything you need to complete quote residential or commercial and Steve is great to deal with if you need help he is there for you 24/7 very eager to show you were you went wrong if you got stuck and will walk you through every step of the way excellent guy very professional and knowledgeable another great thing about this product is your not paying between 5 and 8 thousand dollars for the same stuff you pay peanuts compared to every other software out there.
there is nothing I don't like about this product I find it extremely easy to use
I recommend you look at all the software pros and cons and choose wisely as I think price is one of the big things to look at when purchasing this product
David from Tristar Electric Inc
The software does everything that I need done, and it does it the way I like it.
I could actually talk to a person that estimates and understood what my needs were.
It was not like talking to a sales person.
I find it hard to post anything negative. I do wish they had a FREE pricing service.
Look for the hidden fees. I tried (4) other software. It was like pulling teeth to get real answers from the others.
I bought the Best Bid Hybrid for a few thousand dollars less than the final price of the other software and they offer a onetime price.
Talk to more than one company.
Richard from R & C Electric
I am an electrical estimator for R&C, a small electrical contractor that does residential and commercial electrical work ranging from 1,000 sq. ft up to 80,000 sq. ft of lease spaces and ground up projects.
Before I used McCormick and On Screen Takeoff, or entered projects manually on paper from blueprints. As you may know, paper form is now obsolete and using the bigger programs such as McCormick, which is not very electrician-friendly, is the best way to do estimating. I personally believe that the best estimators are electricians whom work out in the field. Unfortunately, many of them are not computer savvy and Best Bid is actually friendly enough to use that these electricians can learn to estimate.
The software programs must be easy to use to save time and to create the competitive edge for landing jobs for a company. Therefore, the more user-friendly and simple the software, the easier it makes estimating. Best Bid is user-friendly, efficient and productive and has cut the data entry of projects in half.
The software bidding program, Best Bid, is very user-friendly for electricians that are electrical project estimators. It is very easy to create custom assemblies and has a large range of assemblies to choose from, which helps to save time when bidding projects. There are also built in proposals that help to make bidding a project more efficient and quicker, as well as the ability to create a change order. It also has a large range of material and supply costs readily available to make bidding easier and the net price feature helps to make the pricing more accurate.
Best Bid’s customer service representatives are second-to-none and their response to assistance inquiries is quick and helpful.
I personally own the following; Best Bid, First Choice, Digi-Count, and Panel Scheduling and am very satisfied with what the programs have to offer. I look forward to seeing what other programs that they have in store in the future.
Best Bid has benefited me, as an electrical estimator in the following ways: submit more accurate bids, shortened the length of time spent on a project and freed my time to put in extra projects per week which I would not have had the time to do.
Chase from Chase Power Solutions
At Chase Power Solutions we provide a full line of electrical services and installations from high end apartment complexes to commercial and industrial projects.
We also provide security, data, and telephone systems.
We have been using another system for 3 years. We were convinced by the company that this was the best approach to estimating. After 3 years of paying for the original purchase price, extra seats, plus tech support fees and yearly up-dates we had a fire that destroyed our computers. To our surprise the company basically said we had to start all over from scratch. Yes we were upset!
We just purchased the Best Bid Electrical Estimating Software a few months ago and we kept looking for the complicated screens and choices that were used to but they just were not there. After we removed what we were taught from the other company we are now able to complete an estimate in no time.
It took about 2 phone calls to tech support, which is free, and we knew everything that we needed to know about the system. Best of all everyone at Best Bid has an electrical background so they know firsthand what you need.
As the owner I love the 1 time cost with no extra fees that never stop. My estimators love the simplicity and flexibility. Overall from what we were used to this experience could not be better.
Daniel from Anchor Electric LLC
This software has saved me countless time and money; it has been great at improving accuracy on counts and labor. I would be lost without it now!
Debra from DSB Electrical
We just started using Best Bid Electrical Estimating a few months ago and the experience has been great. We handle mostly commercial work but the ability to do both residential and commercial estimating in the same program has been wonderful.
The item list of prices is enormous and we have yet to find an item that is not covered. We also use the Net Pricer integration which allows us to get very accurate pricing from our distributors without ever picking up the phone. I can't tell you how much time this saves. In the past I spent half a day just getting updated prices for items we use all the time. With the constant changes in copper cost we can't afford to use outdated pricing and the Net Pricer feature has saved a boat load of time.
The solution was very easy to set up and we were up and running in no time at all. The ability to customize all of the price sheets and reports is great and I love the fact that you can rearrange the screens any way you want.
We are very happy with our purchase.
Rob from Anchor Electric
We are small (2-3 commercial crews and a few service guys), and a fairly new electrical company. Best Bid has given us the features we would have expected from much more expensive software, but with a much friendlier and more intuitive user interface. The learning curve was much quicker than I expected overall, and, coupled with excellent customer support/service, proved to be a valuable tool that quickly landed us several profitable jobs. We have recently subscribed to a bid locating service, and one man is easily able to quote several jobs per week with the tools Best Bid has put in our hands. The sales team was easy to work with, and gave us exactly what we were looking for without being pushy. I would definitely recommend Best Bid to any electrical company still estimating by hand.
Randy from Retrofit Systems Technologies LLC
My experience with Best Bid Electrical Estimating Software has been great. We were using another system but the price was getting out of hand so we looked for another estimating solution.
We have been using this software for 1.5 years and are very happy with the product and the support. For example, the software locked me out and I needed to get an estimate out that day. After talking with support they had me up and running within the hour. Best Bid is very easy to use. We also use DigiCount Pro, another excellent product. We no longer use paper prints - we get them in PDF format and do our counts right on the computer and transfer to the estimating software. No more prints to hang on to! The paper and money we have saved has paid for the software.
I have won many bids with this software and everything was covered. Best Bid Estimating Software to me is a great product. It was easy to learn and to use and has helped us be very competitive in this very tight market. We are an electrical company that does commercial, industrial and service work in the state of Florida.