CoConstruct Software


 

CoConstruct is a project, financial, and client management system for custom home builders and remodelers. It is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once, and have that data flow directly from the estimate, specifications, selections, bids, change orders, budgets, and to and from QuickBooks – with no double entry. Users can manage their projects from their tablet or desktop, in in the field with our mobile app.

In addition to the fully integrated financial system, CoConstruct streamlines scheduling, communication, client and subcontractor portals, files, photos, to-dos, time clock, job log, warranty, and more.

CoConstruct provides builders unlimited, no-charge projects for use with prospects, estimating, and bidding. Each builder only pays for the number of projects currently under construction.

The CoConstruct subscription includes a dedicated implementation coach, custom branding to match the builder's website, phone and online support, unlimited ongoing training, and options to attend an in-person, 2-day training sessions with other CoConstruct users.

 

CoConstruct - Project overview
 
  • CoConstruct - Project overview
    Project overview
  • CoConstruct - Bidding
    Bidding
  • CoConstruct - Estimating
    Estimating
  • CoConstruct - Scheduling
    Scheduling
  • CoConstruct - Selections
    Selections
  • CoConstruct - Multiple devices
    Multiple devices
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

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Dan from Ascendant Contracting Group, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Director of Operations

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Ease of use. Support team is always ready to help! I have been using your software for approx. 6 years and it has been outstanding.

Cons

I really do not have anything about the system or software I do not like. Co-Construct continually updates and improves it's systems.

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Roy from BRB Construction Services LLC
Specialty: Home builder - production
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Great product with many features

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Our company builds 150+ homes a year we were using a mix of Dropbox, Excel,word, Google docs and many more. Coconstruct has put all this in one spot. We implemented this in February and are still tweaking a few things and inputting different specs. It is fully customizable embrace this change if you are looking for something to make your company become more efficient.

Pros

Simplicity in streamlining the crazy communication process of home building.,.

Cons

The save button isn't located in the same spot in all the tabs..

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Neil from Mulloy Builders
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

April 2018

April 2018

Awesome features and great customer service

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Pros

The link between estimate, budgeting, contract, and quickbooks is seamless. Customer access is great and keeps communications documented.

Cons

Takes a lot of computer time to get used to, which is hard to commit to as a small business. Not all customers are tech savvy and aren't interested in the accessibility of the program.

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Marc-André from La Barre Construction Inc.
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Helps us look more profession to clients

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Would be nice to have a way to show detailed pricing to client through customer portal without showing the profit.
Would be nice to be able to have multiple languages

Pros

Integration with QBO
Customer Portal
Information All in One Place
It really helps us look more profession, thus, close more deals.

Cons

Can't Translate Customer Portal (50% of our clients speaks French)
On Customer Portal, we can't show detailed pricing on Fixed priced job unless you also want to disclose profit and margin.

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Raymond from Nu-Life Cabinets and Renovations
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

ONLY SOFTWARE TO USE - BUILDER TRENDS MIS-REPRESENTS

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LOVE CO-CONSTRUCT

Pros

Customer Service.
They have a complete desire to serve you. They want you to win. They want your life to be easier and make your business more prosperous.
They are completely honest. Builder Trend has mis- represented themselves to us and the abilities of co- construct many times to us.

Cons

I have nothing to say here but the form is making me write something here. It has to be 100 characters so I am just typing.

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Michael from Crown Construction, Inc
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2018

April 2018

A fantastic tool, built by someone in the business, with over the top amazing quick response customer service.

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By far the best software purchase experience I have ever had since I started purchasing software in the mid 1980's. They have flexible pricing. The information for each job is available on any platform, so field workers have instant access. I love the push notifications to clients and field to keep people informed. CoConstruct is the best investment you can make in your business.

Pros

This is a management tool allowing incremental implementation. The customer support responds in minutes. The instruction sessions are very helpful. There is a help button on every screen that leads to text, video or customer support that actually has the answers! They have raised the bar to help new users get up to speed. We are implementing accross our estimating, sales and production teams in just weeks. They have exceeded my expectations.

Cons

I wish the scheduling was a little more robust. The minimum unit is man days. I am used to man hours which allows scheduling accuracy and multiple tasks on different projects in the same day. They are working on that.

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Sarah from Oaktree Builders, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Tremendous Help

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The program has been a huge help to our business from estimating to the finished product. It does take some work and commitment to get it set up and we are still making some changes to some of that, but it is totally worth the effort. The customer service team is extremely helpful, they can almost always answer our questions in one phone call, if not on that call, they have always followed up so we are not left with unanswered questions.

Pros

Creating the estimate in Co-Construct and have that tie directly into the specs & selections section keeps all the information in one place, in a very organized manner. The customers can see exactly what we plan to build and the materials we will use, decreasing the chance of last-minute surprises for both us and the customer. We can easily show customer ways to save and give them options for upgrades.

Cons

It takes some work to get set up which seemed overwhelming at first, but the customer service team was able to assist during that time. The time investment into the set up was well worth it. And like most things, we are learning as we go - so we still, even after a year, are making some tweaks to our template, making it better and better each time.

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Vito from Grand Cru Developments
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Great Customer Service

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GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

Pros

Great Customer Service with any queries during & after the Setup of system. Look forward to the full implementation of System.

Cons

Would be great if it was a little cheaper but the Value & potential can be seen and hopefully the benefits will negate this Con.

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Charles from The Accurate Office
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

CoConstruct for the residential builder.

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If you are still using spreadsheets and stand alone estimating pages, this program will shake up your company and make managing projects much more accurate.

Pros

This product is web based, has an easy to use phone app, and will help any builder manage multiple projects. After building your company in the software, it's easy to create proposals, build a team of employees, add subcontractors and share architectural plans. Everything is one location, and it is compatible with QuickBooks, if you use it.

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Ray from CorWest Builders
Specialty: Home builder - production
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Connecting all the dots through the construction process

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A tremendous resource to bring the client into the building of the home

Pros

The ability to bring everything together into one file from communication with trades/suppliers/Customers to filing contracts/change orders/financial matters. The ability to engage the Project Managers into each individual home.

Cons

It is a little slow when you need to update schedules etc. I believe that is because it saves immediately the change you are making.

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Justin from TLC Design/Build
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Custom support that trumps Buildertrend

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Megan Hunter is one of the best implementation coaches I’ve ever worked with whether it’s software or equipment orientation

Pros

Customer service/scheduling as well as communication with clients or trade partners. Messaging through the app it easy.

Cons

The app could be more user friendly. However it works. Push notifications could be easier by an automatic carrier selection

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Raymond from J&R Sundberg Const. Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Very good experience - unsurpassed Tech Support

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Into our 3rd month - it's been going better than expected - short learning curve even though it's quite powerful and feature packed

Pros

Able to bring out Business Management - Project Management under one program to eliminate redundancy and time wasted

Cons

File storage/organization for project quotes is not very user friendly - it just lists out what your templates are if you save them as an iteration. Often, we provide a baseline budget which we save and then need to use it again to do an iteration due to design modifications to bring the project cost down. Would be nice if it could be in folders tab storage for looking up the project by name & number. This is going to be problematic for us as we do more and more projects and we populate our templates (what we currently use for storing iterations) to a greater degree.

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Kevin from Foursquare Builders
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

I've never used another similar product, so my favorable review is based on the 'old' way of communicating w/ clients. I now see that old way as 'Stoneage'

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Communication w/ clients. They see & know what were up to even when they live out-of-area. They approve materials quicker. They see organization. We have a documented history of events. We can look back at photos held on the cloud.

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Mikhail from Gannage Design and Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Transform Your Business

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The process of integration with Co-construct can vary depending on your business, but for the majority of building contractors this will help you transform the way you do business. It is works hand in hand with the professional coaching we have been getting for our company. The initial training is imperative, and their ongoing support is prompt, professional, and courteous. The responsiveness to development needs has been great.

Pros

Consolidation of communication between customers, trade partners, and staff. The integrated lead to warranty tracking of a client is fantastic.

Cons

The lack of integration with Google Calendar, has created logistical complications for us. We eagerly anticipate this development.

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  Response: Donny, CoConstruct, LLC

Date: February 2018

February 2018

 

The iCal integration (for Google calendar, Outlook, etc...) is in the planning stages now. So, we're glad you're happy with the system and stay tuned for your feature request!

 
 

Emily from Fautt Homes
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

We are loving it so far!

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We started using CoConstruct a few weeks ago, so we are still learning, but so far we love all the features it offers and it is proving to really streamline our processes around here

Cons

There aren't many things we dislike so far. The user interface isn't as clean as, say, Apple products, but other than that it's great and easy to navigate

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Sidney from Hope Builders & Development, LLC
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

This software is EXACTLY what our small home building company needed to manage our projects.

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Easy to learn and put into use. Customer support is excellent, and integration with my QuickBooks works seamlessly.

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Meidy from Lyndhurst Movers
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Coconstruct

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Pros

CoConstruct is a flexible system that helps companies make the right selections, and works well for standardized and custom projects. Your creative team will finally put activities in order, and be able to understand all files, specs, and prices related to each project

Cons

Due the company’s quote-based pricing scheme, CoConstruct doesn’t offer a limited free version of their software. Nevertheless, the user can request a full demo of the product, and have all specific features and functionalities explained during a live session.

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Jerry from E. Vaughan Rivers, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Good Product for our use

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Pros

The software is online, so multiple and easy access. The subscription is month-to-month, so very flexible.

Cons

If the internet get slow, you software usage may be restricted. The accounting part is not very polished, but integration with existing accounting system works.

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Travis from Total Concrete
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

All In One Construction Software

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Pros

stream lines are aspects of construction business into one software
time clock feature
lead tracking
quick books integration
customer service

Cons

only designed for general contractors and home builders
doesn't work for sub or specialty contractors

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Bogart from Paramount Concrete constructions
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Staff great to deal with and very helpful with information and responses.

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If we could have a some system implemented around contract Managment as a subcontractor would be very helpfull

Pros

The system in general is very flowy and easy to learn.

Great for managing employee activity.

Great to manage costs

Cons

We are a subcontractor and it has nothing to manage contracts and retention or to build progress claims.

Can’t do variations or po’s from phone.

Can’t electrically sign the initial proposal.

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March 2018

March 2018

Great app for Construction Software

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This application is very easy to use, the user interface is fantastic and have a lot of functions, great customer support.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Amy from KE Flatwork

February 2018

February 2018

IT's an okay program not really for us.

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The customer support and service is great, always super helpful and clear.
works well for large projects ,size

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The software is a good fit for semi-custom builders. It was sold to us as a fit for fully custom work, but it's not suited for that. The whole system is built around specification sheets. The idea is that you can build it once with your standard options, have your client click on choices, and all is entered. Problem is, in a company like ours, there is no standard. Every job is different. The specification sheets are very time intensive to build, so it makes no sense to draw up a new one for every job- it's just not built to do that (they admitted that it's not). It also needs a better search engine like builder trend

Review Source: Capterra
 

Parker from Drake Homes LLC

February 2018

February 2018

Have had a very positive experience. The company is extremely responsive, I highly recommend

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The customer support is one of the best parts about the company, they are extremely responsive and will always do what they can to solve your problems and get you started using their software and start making the building process smoother.

Cons

It is hard getting started in CoConstruct and knowing where to start. I think its all part of the game, but it is just hard getting started, once the ball is rolling, things get easier.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Chad from Storybook Builders
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

August 2017

August 2017

Truly understand the customer

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The software was build with the contractor in mind. It is not just a bunch of good tools that work well. It is a well orchestrated machine that all works together to improve your company and life as a contractor

Review Source: Capterra
 


August 2017

August 2017

I'm a Client - I find it confusing

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I like that the contractor is responsive. I like that my conversations are documented. I like that the software is fast.

Cons

It makes a simple process more complicated. Perhaps the contractor doesn't use it to its full potential or perhaps I am missing some key instructions that would help. I've used it now for about 2 months on a daily basis and it is not getting any less confusing. For example, in the financials tab I see things like framing, demo, etc... My contractor has not filled those in....his bad. However, he has filled in stuff like allowances for appliances but there isn't an entry for his overhead. So is it rolled in to his allowance or is it separate. Once again, difficult to tell and therefore confusing if I need to know where to cut back.

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Travis from G Family Construction

February 2017

February 2017

Functional and Intuitive Construction Management Software

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My company has recently chosen to implement a construction management software program in order to take our company to the next level. After researching the market, we found Co Construct to be the program most well suited to our needs. While is may not be as flashy as some of the other products, the functionality and ease of use surpassed all other products. If you would like a an extremely functional, builder designed, project management system to streamline your small residential contracting company, this is for you.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Daniel from Superior Exterior

January 2016

January 2016

Happy Clients

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Excellent platform. Everything you need to successfully manage a project clearly organized in one place.
It has improved our customer service, shortened project cycles, reduced call backs, improved team and subcontractor performance.

When we share our process with prospective clients. It immediately separates us from our competitors.

Virtually eliminates miscommunication with everyone involved with the project.

Increases company profits.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Blair from Legacy Restorations, Inc.

June 2015

June 2015

Best. Construction Software. Ever.

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Clearly the developers are builders because every time we have a question or think we've found a hole in the product, we are pointed to the answer, which already exists! I honestly can't think of a negative; the handful of times we've had questions have all been immediately answered and resolved. Test drive it for at least a week and USE THE HELP SECTION. Search for your topic, and it will be there.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Christine from MainStreet Design Build

April 2014

April 2014

More efficient, even on design/build projects

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We are a residential design/build firm that manages renovation projects from initial concept through final construction. Prior to Co-construct, we managed all selections via Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and did all of our scheduling through Microsoft Project. This was a nightmare because every job had to be created independently, and the information was extremely difficult to share with our clients.

We have now been using Co-construct for several years and it has changed the way we do business. We upload every single client into Co-construct and manage their project from start through warranty via the online software.

Every time we have had an issue, concern or question, the Co-construct team has been very quick to help solve or rectify or create a solution! I would highly recommend this product.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Chad from Yost Construction

April 2014

April 2014

Makes building pleasant for clients

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I'm a small residential custom home builder and remodeler, starting in Mississippi, and now in Wyoming. The market has been incredibly competitive, people are wanting work done for the bottom dollar, and I haven't been willing to sacrifice quality to get there. So many people have a bad taste in their mouth for contractors because of price over-runs or miscommunications.

I've been thinking for awhile that I need to find some kind of niche or something that I don't have to sell my product or work on price only. I have an estimating program (Bob's Basic System), but as far as selections, schedule, communicating, etc., I have not had any software and it's been a lot of calling, emailing, and other communication.

I stumbled upon Co-construct not even looking for a management software, and it caught my interest because I was starting a project for a couple that live in Chicago. I see Co-construct possibly becoming my niche. I have a vision of making home-building or remodeling a pleasant experience for the customer and not a sour one. I still have a lot of learning to do, but I've been impressed how easy it was to get the basics of it. The company's support is awesome. They truly want you to catch on to it and get the most out of it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Vince from Vincent Longo Custom Builders

April 2014

April 2014

Paving the way for expansion

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I am a small/boutique luxury builder in Atlanta, GA. My main focus has been on building mansions and estates. I work with a unique set of clients that are very discerning about the fine details of their home, and equally discerning about how I run my business and the construction process. I made it my goal to find a highly functional program which was also easy to use and "good looking" to take our image and professionalism to another level.

We previously used our own hybrid creation that included spreadsheets, three-part printed selection guides and handwritten change orders. With the economy in the tank and competition fierce, I needed a system to take my company to another level and become heads and shoulders above my competition. Co-construct was it.

I have been using Co-construct for about two years and have really enjoyed it. The implementation was easy and their step by step instruction, help database, and ongoing webcasts made it even easier. I went in with the realistic idea that it will take work to make it perfect but the old saying rules: garbage in, garbage out.

Currently my team of Co-Construct users consists yours truly, however I can see how easy it will be to add new employees to utilize the system effectively. Every time I needed help with a question, it has been answered promptly and with the utmost care.

The one huge benefit for me is simple: I would like to expand my company during this evident housing recovery. I would like to increase my volume and start building more moderately priced homes, which is exciting but has a lot of unknowns. I truly believe that if I had not implemented Co-construct in my business I would not even be thinking about expanding my company right now. The truth is that Co-construct has provided me and my company a spectacular platform, built on process and procedures that can be rolled out in a professional manner thus making it easy to expand.

Many thanks to Co-construct, it is the best!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Owen = from Gardner Construction

April 2014

April 2014

We're now *ahead* of schedule and selling more

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I was just like every other builder out there, I am competitive on price, I provide a good product and we have good service, but that all usually goes haywire the moment we start to get too busy and then I cant keep up with the paperwork, our quality suffers and I end up with upset and confused clients.

Prior to co-construct I used a regular Microsoft Gantt chart for our schedules which, when we first gave it to a client it looks great but after one or two changes it still looks the same, even if I am keeping up with my extensions of time. The client still only looks at the end completion date and I rarely updated the completion date on the Gantt chart. What this meant is that we had clients who still believed they were moving in on the initial completion date. This just created confusion and anger with the clients.

The other thing we would do is let the clients take control of their selections, and as usual, they wouldn't pick them until the last moment and we would lose our tradesmen that we had booked in as we wouldn't have the gear for them to start.

Since we started using Co-construct we have been running ahead of schedule and have been giving all of our clients deadlines for choices. We have happy clients across the board and they all comment on how easy it is to use, I even have an 75 year old lady who is using it and loves it.
It has become a great sales pitch when selling to new customers and we have been winning more projects because of it.

I will never go back to our old system and I can only suggest if you are serious about building a strong reputable company then Co-construct would be the first thing I would implement.

Co-construct where were you 15 years ago!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Aaron from Titan Homes

April 2014

April 2014

Service goes above and beyond

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I'm not sure I want to write a glowing review for Co-Construct. I don't want my competition knowing about them!

All kidding aside. Co-Construct is a hugely valuable tool for our company. We've been using it for a couple of years now, and I can't imagine how we would do without it at this point. We've had double digit growth over the past year and we anticipate that to continue for quite some time and Co-Construct continues to become more valuable.

I think one of the things I like the most about Co-Construct is their customer service. A lot of times, you buy this expensive software package and when you need help figuring something out, good luck. Not with Co-Construct. Donny and crew go above and beyond to make sure it works the way it's supposed to and if it isn't, they want to know about it.

After every home is completed and during our homeowner orientation, we ask them about the system. 100% of our customers have praised our system and said that it was one of the reasons why they would recommend us to anyone they know. Many of them have said that they have no idea how they would have been able to manage all of their selections without it.

Give the guys at Co-Construct a try. I think you'll find the same thing my team and I have found - they will become an integral part of your building experience.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Cam from Lexis Homes

April 2014

April 2014

Cuts out mistakes

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For us, the biggest benefit of Co-construct is that it helps minimize mistakes and miscommunication. We tell our clients that whatever is approved in Co-construct is what is going to happen on the job site. Therefore, regardless of what was said previously via email or verbal communication, everyone is aware that the Co-construct approvals trump everything!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Chris from CMM Construction

April 2014

April 2014

Works for my clients and team

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We have been using co construct for over 5 years and it has helped us expand what we can do in a day by 10 fold. We use it to manage our vendors; as a sales tool to set ourselves apart from the competition; and to keep a positive continuing relationship with our clients. It works! The system is easy for our clients to use and so they use it. The whole co-construct team is excellent at resolving problems, and listening to our requests. Things we see we need from the software are implemented in a thoughtful and complete way.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sera from Hawks Hollow Builders

April 2014

April 2014

Great for selections and communication

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We have been building homes, remodeling, and custom cabinetry for 40 years. We are exclusively a custom shop and have never built the same house twice. I decided to switch to Co-construct from another similar system a few years ago.

This system has transformed the way we interact with clients and our trade partners. We were able to meet an extremely difficult deadline for one of our best clients, primarily because of the schedule in Co-construct. Through it, we were able to keep in constant communication with the trades, as far as adjustments to their start dates. I have never before found a scheduling software with so much power and flexibility at the same time.

The selections part of the software is now our specifications document, as well as the selections options information to clients, all in the same place!! I have been searching for a long time for something to hold all of the information that goes into a building a home. I finally have it. I am able to share a great deal of information with clients about what makes us a better builder. For example, I have photos and literature uploaded onto our template regarding the superior sub-floor product that we use. Clients can choose to read this information or skip past it. Each day that I am asked a question from the field, it gets added to the selections template. Yesterday I added asking which side of the sink does the client desire the garbage disposal to be placed. It's these kinds of details that, when added together, can create greater efficiencies and thus profit!

In all my years in the industry I have never worked with a software company that works so hard to continuously improve it's product ever! Most softwares will send out a minor tweak here and there, and occasionally a big upgrade. Not these guys. I am constantly delighted in surprise of the continuous stream of well thought out upgrades to a system that already seems amazing! As long as you aren't one of my competitors, I highly recommend Co-construct!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mike from Element Construction

March 2014

March 2014

Not bad for semi-custom building- not great for fully custom.

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The software is a good fit for semi-custom builders. It was sold to us as a fit for fully custom work, but it's not suited for that. The whole system is built around specification sheets. The idea is that you can build it once with your standard options, have your client click on choices, and all is entered. Problem is, in a company like ours, there is no standard. Every job is different. The specification sheets are very time intensive to build, so it makes no sense to draw up a new one for every job- it's just not built to do that (they admitted that it's not).
This is all fine- it wasn't a good fit for us. The reason I'm not likely to recommend it to others is that they are unclear about their money back guarantee. The guarantee says that you have to use the system on an actual job, with an actual client, to qualify for the money back guarantee. It doesn't say anything else. I used the system on an actual job with an actual client, but they refused to comply with their agreement since I met with my client in person (I was even able to document this for them) rather than having them sign in separately. It made no sense for them to sign in separately since I never had a fully functioning database to show them (again, it didn't work for our company). Even though my client and I put about 8 hours in to building specifications together (I spent probably another 30 or so alone), they said that I didn't do it the way they want. I told them they need to clear up their requirements or not have a money back guarantee. I'm curious how many others have been taken on this.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: CoConstruct, CoConstruct, LLC

Date: April 2014

April 2014

 

We're sorry when our system isn't a good fit for one of our clients. Co-construct was specifically designed for custom contractors, and even when no two jobs are the same, we believe that there always exists some possibility for reuse. That's how we bring efficiency to even the most custom projects. Unfortunately, this builder decided to take a different path than suggested by our support team.

Regarding the guarantee... our one request is to use the system with one client, on a real project, for a month. Custom building is all about communication, and for that to happen, both builders and clients need access.

Unfortunately, he did not give his client a login, despite multiple follow-ups from our support team. Since he chose not to use the system with the client, we do not feel that he made a good faith effort to meet the one condition of the guarantee. But, even then, we don't require long term contracts, so the customer was still able to cancel his subscription with no penalty.

 

Cville Builder

March 2014

March 2014

Good for semi-custom but not custom.

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The software is a good fit for semi-custom builders. It was sold to us as a fit for fully custom work, but it's not suited for that. The whole system is built around specification sheets. The idea is that you can build it once with your standard options, have your client click on choices, and all is entered. Problem is, in a company like ours, there is no standard. Every job is different. The specification sheets are very time intensive to build, so it makes no sense to draw up a new one for every job- it's just not built to do that (they admitted that it's not).
This is all fine- it wasn't a good fit for us. The reason I'm not likely to recommend it to others is that they are not clear about their money back guarantee. The guarantee says that you have to use the system on an actual job, with an actual client, to qualify for the money back guarantee. It doesn't say anything else. I used the system on an actual job with an actual client, but they refused to comply with their agreement since I met with my client in person (I was even able to document this for them) rather than having them sign in separately. It made no sense for them to sign in separately since I never had a fully functioning database to show them (again, it didn't work for our company). Even though my client and I put about 8 hours in to building specifications together (I spent probably another 30 or so alone), they said that I didn't do it the way they want. I told them they need to clear up their requirements or not have a money back guarantee. I'm curious how many others have been taken on this.

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Review Source: GetApp

  Response: CoConstruct, CoConstruct, LLC

Date: April 2014

April 2014

 

We’re obviously sorry when our system isn’t a good fit for one of our clients.

As this user mentioned, Co-construct does have the ability to create templates for both selection items and schedules. For semi-custom builders, who have many of the same options on each home, this can be a big timesaver.

However, Co-construct was actually designed for custom builders and remodelers -- where no two jobs are the same. Even on those projects, there are still opportunities to reuse some items. That’s why many builders at least start with their specs or selections from an old project or have a “starter list” they use as a template. Even though that list will need heavy modification, it’s better to start with that, rather than nothing at all, to help avoid oversights and to prevent missing items in a budget. Co-construct works that same way, to help our custom builders and remodelers get at least some reuse whenever possible.

Our support team was in contact with this former customer multiple times to help him with his selection sheet, but he preferred to take a different approach from our recommendations, since he was very insistent that he would never be able to reuse any part of his info on a future project. Our team wants to be helpful, but, of course, we defer to the builder’s discretion. Unfortunately, that meant that setting up his data in Co-construct wasn’t any more efficient than if he had been entering specs in Excel, which negates some of the benefits of using any kind of system for selections.

Regarding Co-construct’s 3-month money back guarantee… this user does accurately describe the one condition of our guarantee – using the system with at least one client, on a real project, for a month.

We’re proud of the strength and fairness of our guarantee. We’ve had it for years and it’s been unmatched by any other company in our space. There’s always a risk of a misunderstanding, though, so we try to go above-and-beyond in explaining the one condition -- on our site, in our demos, and on our signup form -- that the builder needs to try to use system with a client.

After all, custom building and remodeling is all about communication, and to fully see the benefits of Co-construct, a builder and client both need the chance to use the system with each other.

In the case of this user, the misunderstanding centers on the definition of “using the system with a client.” Unfortunately, this builder chose not to add any selection or specification items on a project, nor to give the user a login to the system to communicate about those things.

I’m sure this builder had good intentions, but having a client watch the builder access the system with his own login provides a very different experience compared to the client having his own login.

In all of the years we’ve had our guarantee, we’ve never had someone believe that it was unclear that a client must have access to the system in order to be able to use the system. We’ve been very sensitive to preventing misinterpretation of the guarantee, since we obviously don’t want to be (or appear to be) pulling a bait-and-switch. But, we feel that it’s reasonable that our customers understand that usage of the system can only happen after someone has access to the system.

We even have documentation of our support team encouraging this builder to add his client to a project so he could reap the full benefits. But, since he still elected to not allow the client to use the system, we do not feel that he made a good faith effort to meet the one condition of the guarantee. In spite of that, we don’t require long term contracts, so the customer was still able to cancel his subscription with no penalty.

No one system is going to be a fit for everybody. When that happens with Co-construct, we offer any help we can, and then hope to part ways on good terms. We’re sorry if there was any confusion around our offer, and we’ll certainly be on the lookout in case any of our other customers are unclear about the intention for them to give their clients access to the system.