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 - All devices
 
  • CoConstruct - All devices
    All devices
  • CoConstruct - Financials
    Financials
  • CoConstruct - Project overview
    Project overview
  • CoConstruct - Tablet - published schedule
    Tablet - published schedule
  • CoConstruct - Multiple devices - time clock
    Multiple devices - time clock
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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Sean from Gilmans Kitchens and Baths
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2018

January 2018

CoConstruct is a valuable interface that merges all communication related to a construction project

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Although somewhat limited in customization, CoConstruct does an excellent job receiving, responding and implementing new ideas through feedback.

Pros

Exceptional scheduling. Specs and selections sections for virtual spec sheets and product sheets. Customer portal. Time card.

Cons

Limited customization. Limited customer control. We would appreciate the availability of tailoring some of the interfaces to our specific needs.

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Matt from Performance Technology Group, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2018

January 2018

One of the best

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While this product was not best for our needs ultimately (as specialty contractors) it is an amazing product for the custom home builder. The customer service was top-notch and the company went way above and beyond to try to make it work for our niche.

Pros

The best companies put themselves in their customer's shoes and solves their problems. Co-Construct does that to one of the highest levels I've seen.

Cons

This isn't really a con, but it's specific to customer home builders. Ultimately it didn't work out for us as specialty contractors.

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Krystofer from Magleby Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2018

January 2018

The Best Custom Builder Software

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Pros

The software is highly intuitive and easy to use for the non-technical while not compromising on its features/functionality.
- Scheduling tool is great (easily build online CPM schedules, while assigning trades, and looking across multiple jobs)
- Easy job log tool
- Great communication tool for selections/specifications
- Capacity for general communication

Cons

The software is not for every builder. It is great for the custom market that requires more hands on experience with the client.

Software does not have an open API (though there are integrations with basic accounting software)

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Rebecca from Stone and Wind LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Excellent Product!

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I like how user-friendly the product is and how easily accessible the help team is if you do need assistance with something.

Cons

There are some features that have not been developed yet but every time there is a feature that they don't have that I inquire about, they create a suggestion to pass on to developers.

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Cat from Solar Wind Designs
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Most accurate estimating fast!

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Fantastic system! Has saved us time AND money!!

Pros

You can get into the system through the app while on-site to check the specifics of selections, see plans, link to selections chosen etc. Employees can check in and out through the time click in the app while on site. Pictures can be attached to specific tasks to clarify tasks for all employees. Clients can see budget and all.selections plus. No surprises!

Cons

They are expanding the capabilities of the software and making it easier to use on an ongoing basis. What I did have constructive criticism about has been fixed.

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David from Frontier Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Outstanding product and customer service

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Pros

Coconstruct works as advertised. We have a young, rapidly growing construction company that needed to streamline estimating, customer contact, and scheduling. CoConstruct offers all those soulutions with one product.

Cons

Initially, a lot of setup and learning is required ot use the product effectively. Thankfully CoConstruct has great customer service to help you answer questions and learn the ins and outs.

The time-tracking app for employees in slightly under-developed compared to other apps on the market.

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  Response: Donny , CoConstruct, LLC

Date: December 2017

December 2017

 

David -- Thanks for the great feedback. And, you've got a timely comment about the time clock feature (no pun intended). We recently made some big upgrades in the mobile app on a number of features, and some similar updates are coming to the time clock feature soon. So, stay tuned!

 
 

Kevin from Prestige Builders
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

You are missing out.. Maximize your time and efforts.. LOOK NO MORE!!! BUY CO-CONSTRUCT OR GET LEFT IN THE DUST!!!

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worth it..

Pros

one login one solution! all the important features included.. very intuitive.. The customer support is 2nd to none..

Cons

not too many!!! I do wish these guys would develop the accounting piece... Currently you have to sync back to quickbooks.. but it is not too hard to do..

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Nathan from North Central Holdings
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Overal great value for the money, lacking a some robust features

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Customer service is truly top notch, any questions whatsoever they will walk you through. Definitely take the training because some of the features are a bit difficult to understand without a coach guiding you. They do not charge for training. Overall its an "OK" platform, good value and somewhat easy to use. The features it is missing compared to BuilderTrend somewhat justifies the price difference. I would recommend this for projects that are NOT customer centric, i.e track homes, or commercial jobs. If you need the customer to be involved in selections and budgeting etc this is a confusing platform for them.

If they had a bidding platform that would allow vendors to directly enter their bids like BT this would save a lot of time.
If the selections process was easier or had abilities to mass upload product specs it could improve the customer interaction. This platform ultimately made me spend more time with customers on selections because they could not see everything or understand how it hit the bottom line.

Pros

The price is better than the competition, unlimited prospects, unlimited in warranty statuses. There is a customer portal however it is lacking features. site design is simple, relatively easy to use.

Cons

Features are a little light compared to builder trend.
Selection process is really painstaking
No import option for price catalogues or bidding software i.e. ClearEstimates
Plan "rooms" are difficult because you need to have separate files in multiple locations for various people. Ideally having a file i.e. blueprint and setting permissions would be the easier option.

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Don from Henry Homes Construction & Development
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

December 2017

December 2017

Great product but needs to be fine tuned

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Pros

Great project management software, well utilized for job site data input, and the ability to review at the comfort of any electronic device

Cons

horrible printing capability, poor visibility on all printed documents, inconvenient schedule times for webinars

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Stephen from Manifest Construction Management Inc.
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Full spectrum enterprise management!

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Sign up now! Get away from Excel and stop using 3-4 different tools that don’t speak to each other, because all you need is CoConstruct! I sat on the fence for two months while researching the completion (lots out there). Just go for it.

Pros

This is a robust and very thorough platform that has clearly taken many years to develop. it is brilliant! These ease to edit, modify and reuse my data and templates is exactly what I have been looking for. The Financials section is always close st hand and integrated with everything else.
CoConstruct’s Custer service and one-to-one coaching is second to none.

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Conor from Southland Homes Of Texas
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Great tool for small business owner

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We could not do what we do with co-construct.....period.

Pros

Keeps everything organized, in one place and helps the clients stay on track to make their selections when we need them. Great place to store approved documents as well.

Cons

There aren't many at all but, I would prefer the files that are added to each selection be automatically organized by date so they're easy to reference later.

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Mark from Cutler Building & Remodeling Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Great company to work with, Its been a huge asset to my business

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Easy to use, makes communication much more streamlined and easy to organize. Great for scheduling and storing job photos and files.

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David from Grace Custom Buildings
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Created with input from those who use it

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I am pleased that we bought this software.

Pros

The software has everything needed for construction professionals to produce high quality, accurate presentations.

Cons

Maneuvering through the windows can be challenging, and there is no way to see an overview of the entire Gantt schedule.

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  Response: Donny, CoConstruct, LLC

Date: November 2017

November 2017

 

David -- Thanks for the feedback. We'll have someone from our support team give you a call today, since you are able to zoom in and out on the Gantt view of the schedule to see anywhere from a few days all the way to the entire span of the project. In fact, we have the ability to do that on more advanced views, as well, where you can see the overlay of multiple projects, even color coded by your subs doing the different tasks. We'll make sure you're squared away with how to get what you need.

 
 

Jeff from Graulich Builders
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Great product and great service!

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I have been working in construction and construction management for the past 20 years and this program/app has made my life INCREDIBLY easier! If there's ever an issue or even just a question, all it takes is a phone call and "boom", problem solved and "poof", questions answered.

Cons

The ONLY thing I would change is in regards to the app and the lack of notifications and the inability to update or change the schedules.

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  Response: Donny , CoConstruct, LLC

Date: November 2017

November 2017

 

Jeff -- Thanks for the feedback, and good news... we're in beta testing now for the notification features you're asking for, and you'll have them live on your app before Santa comes to town!

 
 

Andrew from Chatterton Builders
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Happy to have Coconstruct on board

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Pros

Great for the schedule, spec & selections.
Real good that you can contact the client and the partners

Cons

We also need to communicate directly with the client, some times we forget this.

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MARK from MARKSMEN
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

November 2017

THERE REFUND GUARANTEE IS BOGUS , YOU NEED TO SEND CORRESPONDENCES TO 5 OF YOUR PEERS

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I WAS TOLD I HAD 90 DAYS TO GET A FULL REFUND. I WAS PRESSURED RELENTLESSLY(WHICH ACTUALLY WAS THE FIRST REASON WHY I WANTED TO CANCEL) TO SIGN UP FOR THEIR SEMINAR OUT IN VIRGINIA, WHICH WAS FREE BUT AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT FOR ANY OTHER PERSONNEL YOU WANT TO ATTEND(2 NIGHTS IN A HOTEL AND THE SEMINAR). WE ARE A SMALLER GC FIRM, THE SOFTWARE HAS MANY GENERIC LINE ITEMS THAT YOU CUSTOMIZE FOR YOUR COMPANIES NEEDS, WHICH I ALREADY HAVE IMPLEMENTED AND HAVE BEEN USING FOR 5 YEARS ON MY OWN PRICING AND CONTRACT SPREADSHEETS. THEY DO NOT HAVE DATABASE UPDATES FOR MARKET PRICING(LABOR OR MATERIALS)
I EXPLAINED IT TO THE REP AND REQUESTED A REFUND, I WAS TOLD "WELL BEING THAT YOU DIDN'T CORRESPOND WITH 5 PEOPLE WE CANT GIVE YOU A REFUND. THAT IS TOTAL BS. IF YOU ORDER SOMETHING AND DO NOT LIKE IT OR IT DOESN'T FIT YOUR YOUR COMPANY'S NEEDS, THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH FOR THE EXPECTED REFUND. I ORDERED IT ON 10/17/17 AND REQUESTED THE REFUND ON 11/9/17, WAY BEFORE THE 90 DAYS. SO WE SAID WE WOULD SEND 4 MORE OUT(1 WAS ALREADY SENT AND WE DID NOT GET THAT JOB). THEY SAID WE ALREADY EMAILED TO CANCEL AND WOULD RESERVE A CREDIT ON FILE FOR US FOR FUTURE USE. AGAIN BS. BEWARE USING THIS COMPANY ITS A REFUND SCAM JOINT...

Pros

GOOD FOR A BIGGER COMPANY WITH LOTS OF EXCESS CAPITAL, THEY DO OFFER LOTS OF CORRESPONDENCES WITH SUBS AND CLIENTS AND LINK EVERYTHING TO QUICKBOOKS(I DO NOT USE QUICKBOOKS EITHER)

Cons

VERY EXPENSIVE FOR THEIR SERVICE. A YEAR YOU CAN BUY A GREAT GC SOFTWARE AND OWN IT FOR MUCH LESS, AND IT HAS INDUSTRY PRICING UPDATES FOR PROPER ESTIMATING, WHICH WAS THE REASON WE EVEN FIRST LOOKED FOR A SERVICE LIKE THIS.

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  Response: Donny , CoConstruct, LLC

Date: November 2017

November 2017

 

Mark -- We're sorry CoConstruct didn't turn out to be the software you wanted. After our follow-up call, it was clear you wanted some kind of software that you can download and install on your computer, rather than a cloud-based solution that handled communication, in addition to estimating, scheduling, and other features. Our customers can cancel our plans at any time, and are never forced into contracts, so you have the flexibility to spend a little and then stop, if you wish. We do offer a full 3-month money back guarantee, but ask that, since we are a communication platform, that you try the communication features just five times so you can see the benefit of that. It sounds like you decided not to do that, which is why you were able to cancel with no further obligation, and we've given you a credit in case you are interested in a cloud-based solution in the future. If you do decide to do that, we do encourage you think about coming to our live, 2-day, in-person CoCamp training session, which is at no cost to new customers (and we even cover your hotel and give you a travel voucher). It's completely optional, but we regularly have customers who are just moving their software to the cloud, and they love the personal service of getting trained on it, in person, by our team.

 
 

Kim from Transform
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Great Platform & Insane Service

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The customer service is great and always available. It doesn't matter your role, familiarity with the program, or technological aptitude - they will help you! The site is well-branded and easy to navigate, as is the app. "Intuitive" is such a buzz word, but this really is!

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Dmitriy from Paradise City
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Best

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Great software, great customer support. Helped me a lot to communicate with my clients. My business becomes more organized. I look very advanced and professional.

Cons

None so far. I use is about 3 month, and like it a lot. Not con, just advise, maybe to make Planshet version, mobile version too simple for Ipad

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Jared from Jared Ramey Building Company
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

October 2017

October 2017

Co Construct is helping me develop excellent systems and communication channels in my business!

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Thank you for coming up with this solution!

Pros

I like how Co Construct brings much of the correspondence between clients, sub contractors, and the builder to one location. Co Construct helps to create efficiency in a chaotic industry. Co Construct is where the project planning lives!

Cons

I would like to see the green update button feature on the app so that I can see what I need to do from the app at a glance and know where I need to work from the app.

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Gary from Make Home Solutions
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

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I have used many Estimating/Costing packages over the years but I find CoConstruct the most User Friendly. I can EDIT projects easily as well.

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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.