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BuilderTREND

Buildertrend provides pre-sale tools including a built-in customer relationship management (CRM) system, bid requests, project proposals, plus more. Project management tools include scheduling, budgeting, timesheets, and more. Cus...Read more

173 recommendations

Houzz Pro

Houzz Pro is a lead and project management solution that streamlines processes for businesses of all sizes by centralizing all needs into one place. Key features include project management, lead management with client dashboards, ...Read more

110 recommendations

Buildxact

Buildxact is an easy-to-use construction management software uniquely designed for residential builders & trades, helping them easily and smoothly manage projects. Transform your business - one system from first takeoff to final i...Read more

4.59 (71 reviews)

109 recommendations

CoConstruct

CoConstruct is a construction project management software that provides custom home builders and remodelers with tools for managing projects, financials and clients. It allows users to sync data from estimates, specifications, sel...Read more

104 recommendations

Procore

Procore manages your projects, resources, and financials from project planning to closeout. The platform connects every project contributor with the owner and general or specialty contractor. The centralized dashboard allows manag...Read more

65 recommendations

Contractor Foreman

Contractor Foreman is an integrated cloud-based project management and estimation solution that caters to businesses in the construction industry. Key features include financials and accounting, scheduling and planning, contact ma...Read more

61 recommendations

PlanSwift

PlanSwift is the #1 Takeoff & Estimating software in the world! PlanSwift software is designed for Commercial, Industrial, Institutional and Residential GCs and Subcontractors in almost every construction trade. With PlanSwifts...Read more

53 recommendations

STACK

STACK Estimating is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes and all trades. STACK users can quickly and easily upload digital plans and complete takeoffs using the sof...Read more

48 recommendations

McCormick Electrical Estimating

McCormick Systems has been providing electrical estimating software since 1979 and offers a comprehensive solution for commercial, industrial, residential, low voltage, solar and other specialty contractors. McCormick boasts sever...Read more

4.38 (85 reviews)

46 recommendations

RSMeans Data Online

RSMeans Data Online is cloud-based access to a comprehensive database of construction costs in North America. The application details costs for materials, equipment, labor and productivity at the unit, assembly and square foot lev...Read more

29 recommendations

Software pricing tips

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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Trimble Accubid Anywhere

Flexible estimating tool to quickly and accurately create estimates, Trimble’s Accubid Estimating is a full-featured estimating solution. Available in multiple configurations, Accubid provides a flexible solution for contractors o...Read more

3.75 (65 reviews)

29 recommendations

WinEst

WinEst is an on-premise database-driven estimating solution that helps estimators in businesses across various industries to manage and integrate project estimates using cost-knowledge management. Key features include construction...Read more

4.31 (13 reviews)

27 recommendations

JobNimbus

Ready to level up your business ? 💪 JobNimbus is a CRM and contractor management solution suitable for home service companies. Manage your contacts, tasks, and projects from start to finish along with detailed reporting capabiliti...Read more

26 recommendations

ConstructionOnline

UDA Technologies’ ConstructionOnline offers a web-based, integrated approach to project management, project scheduling, and customer management. Designed for emerging construction businesses in the homebuilding and remodeling indu...Read more

24 recommendations

FOUNDATION

Since 1985, FOUNDATION has been a trusted name in construction accounting, project management and payroll processing. With powerful job cost accounting and features built specifically for the construction industry, FOUNDATION has...Read more

24 recommendations

TurboBid Estimating

A great fit for those who specialize in plumbing, TurboBid Estimating Software delivers powerful estimating functionality in a user-friendly package. The've recently added new items and assemblies to their master database. ...Read more

4.56 (26 reviews)

19 recommendations

CostCertified

CostCertified is a cloud-based cost estimating software, which helps construction businesses design interactive proposals and enables consumers to upgrade, downgrade and change items in real-time. Features include line item creati...Read more

4.82 (11 reviews)

18 recommendations

Quest

Trimble Quest provides construction contractors with cost estimating software tools to develop and manage accurate construction cost estimates. Pricing bids, monitoring on-site progress and forecasting requirements are all handled...Read more

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16 recommendations

paskr

paskr is a simple, end-to-end construction project management software designed to optimize your business for a better day, every day. Minimize Stress - All Your Data in One Place - Automatic Reminders - Bids Convert Into Contrac...Read more

4.30 (98 reviews)

12 recommendations

Premier

Jonas Premier is a leader in Construction Cloud Software. Simple, yet powerful with no risk. It is a fully-integrated, cloud -based accounting and job costing solution designed specifically for contractors....Read more

10 recommendations

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2021 Construction Estimating Software Pricing Guide

Learn about the key aspects of accurate software pricing before you make your purchase decision.

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Last Updated: November 29, 2021

What is construction estimating software?

 

Construction estimating software is a tool that helps estimators calculate material and labor costs as well as produce detailed, professional proposals from these estimates. While these systems have always been useful, the proliferation of fixed-bid work and intensifying competition for projects is making them an even more important tool. Note, this software is sometimes called construction bidding software.

If you haven't been in the market for some time (or ever), there's a lot to figure out. We've written this guide to help you make sense of the market so you can choose the best construction estimating software.

Here's what we’ll cover:

Common features of construction estimating software

Below is a breakdown of the functionality included in a typical contractor estimating software package.

Construction Estimating Software Functionality


In case you aren't familiar with these terms, here is a plain English description of the function of each module.

Module
What it does
Proposal Generator Takes your cost estimates and creates an accurate and professional-looking bid proposal.
Cost database Stores materials and labor costs to reference when creating an estimate.
Visual assemblies Displays a graphical view of a build assembly to visualize which portion of the project you're estimating.
Labor & materials Automates labor and materials cost estimates based on calculations from your project takeoff.
Historical database Stores all of your past projects with related materials and labor cost estimates in a database.
Pre-built templates Accelerates the process by providing a set of commonly required parts and labor for standard jobs, such as a bathroom remodel.
Project reporting Creates cost breakdown reports using charts and graphs to improve the analysis of project costs.
What-if analysis Models how your bid will change if assumptions (e.g., project completion date) change.

Many contractors require specialized construction estimate software to handle their trade-specific requirements. As such, specialty contractors should evaluate products designed for their unique needs. For example, a mechanical contractor who needs to estimate custom sheet metal work for HVAC ducts would benefit from a specialized application.

Or a residential contractor who is performing his own project estimates might want a straightforward, affordable residential estimating solution where ease of use trumps depth of functionality and sophistication. Other contractors that we often find have unique needs include electrical, flooring, and earthwork contractors.

Benefits of this application

Last year, we surveyed contractors, estimators, building owners, and other construction professionals about their estimating processes. In our survey, we asked industry professionals about their top priorities for 2013 and beyond, and the benefits of using technology to support these processes.

The top priorities of construction firms (improved process standardization, accuracy, and speed) mapped closely to the benefits firms say they noticed after deploying construction estimator software.

Benefits of Construction Estimating Software


To gain more insights into industry benchmarks and best practices, check out our 2012 Benchmark Report.

How estimating and takeoff differ

We find that buyers sometimes confuse estimating software with takeoff software. The confusion stems partly from the fact that these two programs are often deployed in conjunction, as both are critical to developing accurate bids. But they perform two distinct functions. To simplify it:

  • Takeoff systems help measure plans and blueprints to estimate the amount of materials and labor needed to complete a project.
  • Construction estimating systems determine how much the estimated materials and labor will cost, and then produce a complete bid in a professional format.

This table will help you determine if you need takeoff or construction estimating software (or both):

If you... Then You Need...
Spend too much time measuring plans and blueprints Takeoff
Often incorrectly estimate labor/materials quantities Takeoff
Spend too much time calculating labor/materials costs Estimating
Often incorrectly estimate labor/materials costs Estimating
Have trouble creating professional-looking bid proposals Estimating
Need one system to estimate labor/materials quantities & costs Both

If, after reviewing our table of common pain points, you realize that a takeoff program is what you need, head over to our takeoff systems buyers guide to better understand this market.

Market trends to understand

These pre-construction application market trends should be considered when evaluating a new system and reading construction estimating software reviews.

Digital takeoff: Digital takeoff has matured and it provides many efficiencies. It reduces the cost, time, and hassle of printing paper plans. It also costs less than a plotter or reprographic service. Most systems can measure .pdf, .tiff, .dwg, AutoCAD, and other digital file formats. Buyers should strongly consider (and trial) digital takeoff before investing in another digitizer board.

Increased competition for jobs: The sluggish economy means that contractors are competing for fewer jobs. General contractors and project sponsors are running more intense selection processes with shorter bid turnaround times. Contractors need to produce bids faster and more accurately to compete for more jobs, win, and make a profit.

Geographic migration: Some companies are now bidding on jobs outside their traditional territory. The availability of electronic plan files via online plan rooms, as well as data from building information modeling (BIM) files, makes it easier to identify projects and get the data necessary to produce a bid. To compete, contractors need an efficient infrastructure that will allow them to access these online plan rooms.

Multi-user estimation: Many contractors are seeing a need to involve more employees in the process. In some cases, this results from growth. In other cases it results from a reaction to turnover of seasoned estimators and the resulting skills gap. And other times it results from a desire to gain consensus on estimates. Regardless, demand for multi-user systems is growing, and if this is an important consideration you should evaluate the best vendors that support many users.

The vendor landscape

The application landscape is highly fragmented and can be confusing. However, we can simplify the market by matching top-rated solutions to our four buyer types.

If you are a... Then you should evaluate...
Commercial contractor ProEst, Maxwell ProContractorMX, OnCenter On-Screen Takeoff, Sage Timberline, QuickMeasure
Electrical contractor Accubid, ConEst, McCormick, Electrical Bid Manager
Mechanical/HVAC contractor Accubid, Wendes, QuoteExpress
Earthwork contractor / heavy construction contractor BID2WIN, Hard Dollar, HCSS, SharpeSoft, WinEx Master
Residential contractor Clear Estimates, Contractor's Office, GiddyUp, My Project Estimator

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