Clear Estimates Software


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.



78 Reviews of Clear Estimates

Overall rating

4.60 / 5 stars

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January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

You are in control!

Overall this is a good product. The ideal end user would be a small to midsize company.

Pros

With Clear Estimates, every thing is customizable. There are a lot of templates available all of which can be tailored to your specific needs.

Cons

Clear Estimates is a fairly need product so some users may find that the system doesnt integrate with popular accounting software.

December 2018

Vaibhav from WSP

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Big relief if you need quick estimates

Pros

I always believe estimating software cannot make decent estimates, but I am wrong this time. Clear estimates give you better understanding of estimates and generates one at simple couple of clicks. A quick customized estimate is the only thing that a small contractor would need. This is neat and reliable. Would recommend to all estimators

Cons

Once a labour portion is added to your master database it uses it for all of the project created from that time on wards. Perhaps I am not getting it right, or may be its my limitations to use it, but if different labour rates for different projects in specific town could be added, it would be much helpful.

December 2018

Charles from INEX Construction, Inc

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Best remodel program

Read above

Pros

I was using Hometech for 26 years and was “Buggy” plus not easy to catorize, switched to Clear Estimate about five weeks ago and was estimating in less than three hours, Representative even called me personally to ask how I was doing, when I had a problem understanding something, they would get back to me almost immediately. I am very satisfied and will never switch to another program

Cons

Nothing just keep on providing superb support and keep the program current

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied December 2018

Hi Charles! Thanks for taking the time to write this. Switching estimating tools is never easy and we're glad to have you on board. We'll continue to provide you the best tool we can! - The Clear Estimates Team

December 2018

Guadalupe from Architecture

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Clear Estimates has definitely improved the efficiency of our Estimating Department!

I would recommend this program anytime, and would advise the developers to make the ease of use with a little bit more steps!!

Pros

It is somewhat easy to use after you have been trained, it gives you the ability to do your job costing before a job is started. You can keep customer database as well as pricing information very easily.

Cons

One of the cons is that they charged 59 for every user, they should have a group rate!

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied December 2018

This person has never used Clear Estimates. This is not an actual review. We apologize for the inconvenience. - The Clear Estimates Team

November 2018

Lynette from BC Construction of North Georgia

Company Size: 1 employee

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2018

Super time saver

The customer service is outstanding. I had a one-on-one call with CSR to help with a few questions I had, and he was extremely helpful - patiently explaining those things I was confused about. With the new search feature, I am now extremely happy with this product and am very glad to have found it.

Pros

How much faster it is to put accurate estimates together. I also like ability to adjust the labor rates and hourly multiplier for bigger crews. The templates help make sure I don't miss including necessary parts to the proposals, and the ability to edit items for individual jobs is easy and convenient.

Cons

At this time, it does not integrate with QuickBooks Online, something that I have been told they are working toward. I found adding Alternates to the quote to be a little confusing with all the different areas that they can be entered, and still do to a certain extent.

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied November 2018

Hi Lynette! Thank you so much for the feedback. We're thrilled to hear you are enjoying the recent changes. Everything we have done is based on our customer feedback. The new search feature should allow for much faster estimating. Our Quickbooks online integration is coming very soon. Within the next couple weeks, actually! I'll have a member of our team reach out regarding alternates - we're happy to provide a more in depth explanation about those. - The Clear Estimates Team

November 2018

Mark from Mark Brandon Contracting

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2018

Perfect Answer to Estimating

Been with them from the start up , great customer service and always striving to make things better for remodeling estimating . We searched and tried many other software options for estimating our large projects , maintenance , and repairs and were pleased to find CE nailed it for quoting everything we do and almost instantly made our estimating chore quick and painless.

Pros

User Friendly / Excellent adjustable database / Easy to make proposal changes for re-submittal /Proposals that Clients Complement Every time

Cons

No Cons with this software , we adjusted to fit our needs .

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied November 2018

Hi Mark! Thank you for taking the time to write this. We've appreciated your support over the years. It means a lot to us to know that Clear Estimates has been a helpful solution for your estimating needs. We do our best to continually update the program based on customer feedback. We hope you are enjoying the new changes! - The Clear Estimates Team

October 2018

Aurelian from Actibois Construct

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

An easy to use cloud-based estimates software.

Pros

This apps enables you to make estimates easily, it has multiple templates to start with and we can personalize them in order to obtain a design according to our company visual identity. The software can be used on Mac, iPads or Windows computers.

Cons

This app's price can a little expensive for small company. Besides, I did not notice other problems.

October 2018

Corey from Finding Time Contracting

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

Great Etimating Software

We have easily conquered the estimating cross training, easy access from any computer, built in adjustable pricing., as a result, of saving time estimating, we are seeing increased closing rates

Pros

I switched from Xactremodel about 6 months ago, and as a small growing business, I can much easier train Clear Estimate software to other coworkers, plus it is web based which makes it very convenient for any user to access from a web browser. I was a fairly smooth transition, As Clear Estimates is very easy to use.

In reference to how the estimating function works it is fantastic. I am able to set my labor rates and multiply by fractions of the hour-the ability to manipulate the clean template make its very easy for our customers to read and understand, as a result, I believe my closing rates have increased by roughy 10%.

Cons

I really can not think of anything I do not like. Sorry, but I love Clear Estimates

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied October 2018

Hi Corey! It's great to hear Clear Estimates has become a useful tool for your remodeling company. It is stories like yours that keep us going. We strive to offer an easy to use, functional and valuable tool and are glad you have found it to be so. Keep up the good estimating and let us know if any questions come up! - The Clear Estimates Team

October 2018

Helena from Executive Properties LLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

Great software

Pros

I liked how flexible it was to additional material pricing

Cons

It takes a long time to learn how it works

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied October 2018

Helena, thanks for taking the time to write this. It is great to hear Clear Estimates has been flexible to your needs. It can be hard learning a new tool, and that is why we provide 100% free support. Please reach out if you have any questions! Thanks again - The Clear Estimates Team

September 2018

arnold from cupertino electric

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

September 2018

Great estimating software

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.

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied October 2018

Hi Arnold! Thanks for the review. We aim to provide a tool helps you give accurate estimates without being bogged down with complexity. Learning new tools is a challenge, and that is why we provide 100% free support. We are always here to help if you have any questions! Thanks again, The Clear Estimates Team

September 2018

jarad from Poole Home Improvements

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

Fast setup, Easy to use, great support

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.

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied 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

September 2018

chris from executive properties

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

overall experience

Pros

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

Cons

there was a few areas that were hard to use.

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied 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

August 2018

Zack from Quality First Contractors

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Only great experiences using Clear Estimates!

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?

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied 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

August 2018

Jerry from Urban Upkeep LLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

August 2018

Great software getting better everyday!!!

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.

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied 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

March 2018

Bruce from R&B services

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2018

cool

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

March 2018

Bob from HnS Handyman

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2018

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

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.

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied 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

February 2018

Dane from Prestige Specialty Builders, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

February 2018

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

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.

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied 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

February 2018

Conrado from CD Architect

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

February 2018

Esay to use and proffesional looking reports

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

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied 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

January 2018

Jason from Miller Incorporated of Asheville

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2018

Great platform that makes bidding quick and easy.

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.

Response from Clear Estimates of Clear Estimates

Replied 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

December 2017

Nathan from North Central Holdings

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2017

Good value, helps reduce overexposure to poor bidding

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.