Clear Estimates Software


68 reviews(4.5/5)
68 reviews(4.5/5)

Clear Estimates is a construction estimating system for remodelers and contractors which allows them to create estimates, produce bid requests, draft proposals, manage customers and more. It integrates with QuickBooks and allows users to export project estimates and customer information into the system. It also relies on the RemodelMAX database for material and labor cost information.

While originally intended for remodelers, the system can be customized to meet the needs of most trades, such as, homebuilders, design/build firms, finishing contractors, roofing and siding contractors and other specialty contractors. It is designed for smaller companies that generate less than $5 million in revenue annually.

As an online, cloud-based tool, Clear Estimates is priced per user per month. They also offer a PRO version that includes additional functionality. All users have access to a knowledge base and free support. Additionally, there is no minimum contract.

Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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  • arnold from cupertino electric

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    September 2018

    Great estimating software

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money
    Pros

    The name says it all. Clear and precise estimates and not too complicated to navigate.

    Cons

    Takes a good amount of time to be proficient.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • jarad from Poole Home Improvements

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Fast setup, Easy to use, great support

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    I have used this software online with 5 different companies including my own its very easy to swap back and forth between companies.

    Pros

    Sign up, you online quickly and its super easy to setup and if you have a question you get an answer and you get it quick.

    Cons

    could use some more localized things added as different regions have different things they do due to weather for example.

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    September 2018

    Hi Jarad! We appreciate your review. It's great to hear that our team has answered all of your questions as they come up. We're glad Clear Estimates has been useful for all of your business estimating needs. As far as local items, we'll will have a member of our team reach out to see if you have any suggestions for your specific area! - The Clear Estimates Team

  • chris from executive properties

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    overall experience

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    Value for Money
    Pros

    the customer support was very good and the price was affordable.

    Cons

    there was a few areas that were hard to use.

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    September 2018

    Hi Chris - Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're thrilled to hear our support team was able to assist with any questions you may have had. We would love to know what was hard about the program, too. We're always making updates based on user feedback! A member of our team will reach out shortly. - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Zack from Quality First Contractors

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Only great experiences using Clear Estimates!

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    Value for Money

    I've been a Clear Estimates subscriber for several years now and couldn't imagine what I'd do without the program.

    Pros

    I'm not very technologically advanced and struggle greatly with estimates as well. Clear estimates was as easy to work with as possible and the real selling point for me is their amazing customer service. I will never be great at using any software but several times I have emailed questions or called their customer support and I have always been able to speak with a live person who smoothly assists me through my issues. The quick response time is amazing and I have grown to count on their availability to help me with any issues and they have never let me down.

    Cons

    If I had to choose I guess I'd like it to be a bit cheaper but in all honesty it is a really good value and worth every cent. But who doesn't want everything a bit cheaper?

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    August 2018

    Hi Zack! We appreciate you taking the time to write this. It's our priority to familiarize you with the program and to help you resolve any issues should they come up. It's great to hear our support staff has been helpful in doing so. Thank you for taking the time to write this and know that we will continue to provide you with the best tool we can. - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Jerry from Urban Upkeep LLC

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Great software getting better everyday!!!

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    Value for Money

    Pretty good for the most part.

    Pros

    This software is cloud based and pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. The search engine within the data base is pretty good too. If you have a question you can chat with the folks that actually know what they are talking about. The best software I have used to date.

    Cons

    I would like to see the search engine get a little better. When searching it seems to give me too much information which is not much better than just searching each section.

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    August 2018

    Hi Jerry! Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're glad to hear our support staff has been helpful in assisting with any questions or requests. We are actually in the middle of improving our search feature and plan to have something live soon. We think this will be a big help! Thanks again, Jerry. - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Bruce from R&B services

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    March 2018

    cool

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money
    Pros

    I use this app for a different reason than it was intended for, however I helps me tally down on numbers very well

    Cons

    I wish there was a Siri sort of feature to help with certain inputs. Still an awesome and great product

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  • Bob from HnS Handyman

    March 2018

    AWESOME. Best value for what is pa cked in this app. I'd recommend to anyone.

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    Pros

    Easy to navigate, awesome customer service, labor and materials figured as you enter, professional looking proposal.

    Cons

    It takes a little to get use to. Not much else. With a very little practice and watch tutorial videos, it's easy.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    April 2018

    Hi Bob. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! We are very happy to hear Clear Estimates has been easy to navigate, accurate and has provided you with professional looking proposals. If you ever have any questions, or happen to get stuck, just let us know. We are happy to help! - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Dane from Prestige Specialty Builders, Inc.

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    February 2018

    Great program, very well supported with attentive customer service...

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    Value for Money

    Knowledge and process of pricing in areas we don't work in enough.

    Pros

    The customer service with this software is awesome! There's a lot of feedback from a "Real" person.

    Cons

    Well, at the beginning, it needs just a little modification on pricing compared to my company's pricing, but overall I believe that tweaking will yield great benefits and quicker turn around time on estimates. We are keeping one of our accounts because we know it will bring about higher quality estimates and a better overall competitive edge in our industry.

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    February 2018

    Hi Dane! Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're very pleased to hear our support team has been up to par. Pricing is one of the most important aspects of winning and staying profitable on bids. While we provide pricing, it is always possible to customize to fit the needs of your company. Glad to have you on board, Dane! Let us know if you have any questions. - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Conrado from CD Architect

    February 2018

    Esay to use and proffesional looking reports

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    Pros

    Definitely, your customer support and prompt responses, flexibility and easy to customize. It was also fun to use

    Cons

    A little bit expensive if you do not use frecuently, however If I were not retiring I will continue using it

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    February 2018

    Hi Conrado! Thanks for taking the time to write this. We've enjoyed your time here at Clear Estimates and wish you the best in retirement! - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Jason from Miller Incorporated of Asheville

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    January 2018

    Great platform that makes bidding quick and easy.

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    We secured a couple jobs with it. The program makes bidding quick and easy

    Pros

    Great value for the money. They are very helpful in getting you set up with "how to" videos and support.

    Cons

    This is great for those bidding frequently. If I were to make a suggestion, it would be to have a pay-per-bid option for people who only do 3-4 bids a month.

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    January 2018

    Hi Jason! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We do our best to update and rethink our tutorial videos focusing on getting users familiar with Clear Estimates quickly. We're thrilled to hear Clear Estimates has help make bidding quick and easy. Thanks for the suggestion. That is definitely something I will run by our team. Thanks again for your time with us! - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Nathan from North Central Holdings

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    December 2017

    Good value, helps reduce overexposure to poor bidding

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    Value for Money

    Good value for those with constant sales revenue and estimating needs. Some integration could use a boost, and it would be nice to be able to import product catalogues. The customer service is responsive but web based. Sometimes a phone number would be nice to call. With that being said I never waited more than overnight for an answer, they are pretty quick. Use this software to reduce the amount of estimating errors and standardize your processes.

    Pros

    Pricing in line with industry standard
    easy to use
    somewhat mobile friendly
    Can update and make your own templates

    Cons

    Does not integrate with CoConstruct
    Templates can be a burden to adjust brands, would be nice if some pre loaded appliance and cabinet brands where in the estimating software i.e. Ikea, Bridgewood, GE, Kitchenaid etc.

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  • Terry from Builtrue Construction Corp

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    December 2017

    Overall good estimating software but lacks estimating for larger projects.

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    Pros

    Easy to learn and use then customize the quotes.
    Does feature pre-built estimate groups for certain projects.
    Customer support is great, and after hours questions or concerns are addressed first thing next morning.

    Cons

    Spend a lot of time adding custom line items.
    Prices for planning and permitting are grossly underestimated, planning is about half of what it should be and permitting is a third of what it should be.
    Online based so it becomes slow at times when the servers have a lot of users on at the same time.

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  • Bryan from Your Handyman

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    November 2017

    Very satisfied with this product -- been using about 10 years.

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    Providing customers with a quote using Clear Estimates adds credibility and professionalism to our company image. It is easy to create estimates, edit, keep track of customer quotes and projects.

    Pros

    allows you to provide potential customers with an accurate estimate, including all aspects of the project

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    November 2017

    Hi Bryan. Thanks for taking the time to write this. First of all, we want to thank you for your continued support over the years. We're happy to hear Clear Estimates helps you provide accurate, professional looking estimates. The sales process of a bid is very important to us, and we want to make sure you can win the most important ones. Know that we will do our best to continue to provide a quality product. Let us know if you have any questions! - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Ceolus from Monetic Solutions Inc.

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2017

    My experience using the clear estimates software okay or not...?

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    Pros

    I think it has a lot of potential. The ability to take information and plug it into a pdf or word document is great. The basic functions are easy to move around and the overall system is straightforward.

    Cons

    The issue I have with it is the materials/supply markups. I think it could a whole lot easier to get updated product cost for an area and use it in the estimate. Every time I used it the price was always off even from the smallest supplies. It scared me so I could trust the software...

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  • Eric T. from Renaissance Enterprises, LLC

    October 2017

    Very helpful for bidding jobs!

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    Value for Money

    Accurate job estimates with detailed pricing and flexibility. Up to date pricing info. Professional estimates.

    Pros

    The constantly updated materials and labor costs based on my geographical area is invaluable! I also like the flexibility to adjust pricing.

    Cons

    Can be a bit time consuming putting all the bid pieces together. Would also like to see an invoicing option based on the bid.

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    November 2017

    Hi Eric. Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're thrilled to hear our up to date pricing is helping you win bids. It's also nice to hear that you have been able to customize bids to fit each specific project. Just a few weeks ago, we did release a Pro version of Clear Estimates. Pro allows you to invoice for each bid you create. We would be happy to enroll you in a free trial of Pro should you be interested. Thanks again, Eric. Take care! - The Clear Estimates Team

  • John from Vintage Craftsmen LLC

    October 2017

    Overall very positive...after a small learning curve, the service was perfect for my small company

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    Pros

    Easy to navigate, intuitive, can quickly get up to speed and start pumping out estimates without significant downtime learning how to use.

    Cons

    The task list could be better collated to make the itemization of project work scope much easier and, ultimately, faster.

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    October 2017

    Hi John. Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Knowing our users find Clear Estimates intuitive and easy to navigate gives us great pride. I understand your database concerns and will reach out to see specifically what you are having trouble with. Keep in mind too that we offer templates for all of the common jobs (kitchens, baths, decks, additions) where all you need to know is the SF, and Clear Estimates calculating the material and labor. Look for an email from us shortly. - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Todd from RnT Construction

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    October 2017

    Detailed Awesomeness!!!!!

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    Value for Money

    Professional looking auto generated proposals

    Pros

    It puts everything automatically together saving me hours of typing, organizes my many projects and helps me every step along the way. The customer support is on point helping answer my 100's of questions to make me look like a pro!

    Cons

    The rates are off significantly for the auto generated lines but makes it somewhat easy to change them. Just that I have to do it for every single thing is a pain and the changes are not saved for future drafts. But i would have to do that anyways on my own so there is no real Cons

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    October 2017

    Hi Todd - We're thrilled you are finding Clear Estimates to be a helpful and professional program! Whenever questions come up, we do our best to answer them in a timely manner. As far as your pricing, it's possible you are not updated to your local area. We are going to reach out to make sure your pricing is accurate. Look for an email from us shortly. - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Richard from Do'It Right Construction

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2017

    Clear Estimates

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    Value for Money

    Try it, youll love it!

    Pros

    Cheap and Easy to use, and can quickly put together your quote pre-written data base is included with your monthly subscription.

    Cons

    Needs just a little more added to its data base in way of simplistic handyman project's and more added to the template section.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Neal from Neal Ragan Construction, Inc.

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2017

    I was having trouble getting to my past files, customer service agent jumped in and responded immediately and helped.

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    One of the nice things is to be able to see materials and labor calculated at the same time and see the mark up as well. Normally you have to do these things separately. These figures are generally on the money. Some one has put a lot of work into this program.

    Pros

    It's very thorough and professional looking. I'm still learning to use the program. I'm not the most computer savvy. so far I have not lost money with the estimates I have done.

    Cons

    Sometimes I have trouble finding the topics I need, or have to sort through a lot to find the one I need. I time hope to be faster at that part.

    This reviewer was invited by the software vendor to submit an honest review.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    August 2017

    Hi Neal - Thanks for the kind words. We do our best to help our clients through the learning process. When searching for a part, I would recommend using the "search" feature, allowing you to type in key words that relate to a part. This might help save you some time. Material and labor calculation is one of our favorite parts of Clear Estimates. It allows you simply enter the amount of something you need, not worrying about calculations. Please do let us know if any other questions come up! - The Clear Estimates Team

  • Tony from Langner Renovations

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    July 2017

    Great Support and Great Service

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    Value for Money

    Its easy for my customers to understand

    Pros

    I changed from what I was using and will never go back. Great product and I would totally recommend it

    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Clear Estimates, Clear Estimates

    July 2017

    Tony, thanks for taking the time to write this. We're thrilled your clients find your estimates easy to understand. Please let us know if anything comes up! - The Clear Estimates Team

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