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BuilderTREND

Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors, and general contractors. This solution combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer manageme... Read more

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Houzz Pro

Houzz Pro is a lead and project management solution designed for businesses in the home remodeling and design industries. Houzz Pro is able to streamline processes for businesses of all size by centralizing all business needs into... Read more

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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

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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

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BuildTools

BuildTools is a cloud-based construction project management software for custom home builders and remodelers. The solution helps users organize the chaos of building projects, providing one spot for scheduling, budgeting, purchasi... Read more

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JOBPROGRESS

JOBPROGRESS is a cloud-based construction management solution for residential remodeling contractors. The solution works with small businesses and can be customized as per the needs of an organization. It offers estimating, projec... Read more

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Hyphen HomeFront

Hyphen HomeFront is an on-premise construction management solution designed for custom, semi-custom and production builders. It offers takeoff, estimating, bid management, project management and customer management functionalities... Read more

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ECi MarkSystems

MarkSystems is a single-database enterprise resource management (ERP) and information management application for homebuilders and property developers. The solution offers a cloud-based system that integrates all functions, process... Read more

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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

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ArcSite

ArcSite is a mobile drawing, takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors who are constantly on the road. ArcSite users can quickly and easily create or mark up scaled drawings with all the measurements, then create de... Read more

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House Flipping Spreadsheet

House Flipping Spreadsheet is an on-premise construction estimation solution that helps real estate investors and flippers to manage various routines of the flipping process. Key features include project management, project accoun... Read more

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Bolt

Bolt is an integrated cloud-based solution for small to large subcontractors in the construction industry. The software assists users with takeoff, scheduling, project management, and service management. The solution removes paper... Read more

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FlipperForce

FlipperForce is a web-based software designed for house flippers and real estate investors specialized in buying, renovating and reselling distressed properties for a profit. It is built to be an all-in-one solution, which helps u... Read more

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BuildBook

BuildBook is a cloud-based construction management solution that enables businesses to streamline processes related to team collaboration, task scheduling, customer communication and more. Professionals can utilize the platform to... Read more

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BrickControl

BrickControl by SMH is a cloud-based construction project management suite used primarily by small and midsize construction companies, architects, remodelers, interior designers and universities. It features applications for ... Read more

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FinishLine

FinishLine is a cloud-based inspection management solution that helps contractors, architects and project managers create work orders and streamline construction processes. It comes with a centralized dashboard, which enables user... Read more

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Space Designer 3D

Space Designer is an online architectural space-planning application that lets users visualize their projects in 3D. Its intuitive tools are user-friendly for professionals and novices alike. Its technology is adopted by a large ... Read more

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SupplyPro

SupplyPro is a cloud-based construction management solution that helps small to large enterprises manage projects and streamline communication between builders and suppliers. It enables users to store critical documents in an in-b... Read more

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ControlBoard

ControlBoard® is a real-time project scheduling and resource management software system for the Commercial Construction industry. Offered by Congistics Corporation, it takes the idea of planning using a white board and allows it t... Read more

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Less Paper

Less Paper Co. provides configurable cloud-based work order management solutions that help businesses manage scheduling, inventory, vendors, pricing, purchase orders and more. Less Paper Co. enables users to create, dispatch ... Read more

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Buyers guide

 

When it comes to home building projects, general contractors are the face that everyone wants time in front of. “Everyone” in this scenario primarily includes the customers paying for the build (i.e., future owners of the home, realtors or maybe even a property agency) as well as the many numerous subcontractors hired to execute on their specialties.

With all these people fighting for time, a general contractor needs some organization and automations to fall back on. This is where home building software comes onto the scene. Home building software systems offer general contractors newfound efficiencies around every facet of their operation. They collect and provide easily accessible data for general contractors to reference. The systems also enable contractors to mandate standard processes for all subcontractors and customers to follow.

We have dozens of home builder construction software offerings listed on our site for you to explore. Take some time to check out our user-generated reviews to get a sense of how the various systems have performed for your peers. And keep in mind the wide variance of the product capabilities, ranging from less expensive resident-specific software all the way up to enterprise-level construction manage systems.

All the decisions you’ll face when choosing your system can seem like a tall task, but it’s not that bad. We’ve created this buyer’s guide for you to reference when making your selection. It should ease the selection process and help you make the best decision for you and your construction company.

Here's what we'll cover in this guide:

What is homebuilder construction software?

As alluded to above, general contractors on a home build job typically rely on subcontractors to complete specialized tasks. This often ends up with the home builder having to collect, monitor and store invoices, purchase orders and other important communications. They have to do all this while also monitoring the status and progress of all their jobs and those of their subs.

Screenshot of Jonas Enterprise user dashboard
Screenshot of Jonas Enterprise user dashboard

With all these management requirements, many contractors building a house typically require a complete construction management software system that can manage every aspect of the building process. At a very high level, these construction management systems offer core features:

  • Project scheduling: Put together a formal, high-level outline of when benchmark tasks need to be completed by. Set payable hours and manage job site personnel and activity.
  • Project management: Monitor each facet of the job to ensure all tasks are moving along in accordance with the schedule. Determine process efficiencies to shave off tasks/time.
  • Customer management: Collect and store valuable customer information for future reference and analysis. Automate messaging in accordance with major updates.
  • Service management: Manage the nitty gritty, day-to-day activities of the boots on the ground. Keep track of parts, tools, equipment and employees on the clock.

With these highly beneficial features, you can see how the need for a fully equipped construction management system will often be the most effective solution for residential general contractors. Keep in mind though that this is not the only choice home builders have.

Many top construction software vendors concentrate on one type of application. These specific software offerings are known as best-of-breed or standalone systems and can be a great fit for a home builder in need of a cost effective system to complete just one or two specific functions.

Common features of home builder construction software

Home builders need most of the standard features that come with top rated construction management software, but as you’re looking there are a few features for home builders to consider:

Job bidding and proposal generator Most home builder construction systems have the ability to quickly generate bids and proposals. These can be used to send to prospective customers to win new jobs, or to current customers regarding new projects or subcontractor estimates for existing priorities.
Specialized job costing and invoicing One of the key features for home builder construction software is the inclusion of job costing data to improve estimating accuracy and make billing more efficient. A construction system that isn’t geared toward home building—or worse, a generic accounting system—won’t have anywhere near the same level of functionality.
Link to vendors and subcontractors Many systems will allow the user to link directly into vendor purchasing or subcontractor scheduling systems. This can expedite project/inventory management and scheduling. A system geared toward the home builder market will focus its materials in that area.
Critical path method scheduling Home building involves hundreds of individual tasks. Most of these have some degree of flexibility in terms of when they are executed, but all of them must be completed within a certain timeframe in order to keep from extending past deadline. Critical path method is a project modeling algorithm that’s specifically designed to solve these kinds of scheduling dependencies, so some home builder construction programs use this method to support the user in scheduling tasks and subcontractors.

Evaluating homebuilder construction software

There are dozens of home builder programs for the construction market. In fact, several companies make multiple products for this one niche. Selecting the right one can be a daunting task, but as with any software, start by assessing your needs. An integrated suite will combine accounting, project management, scheduling and home builder CRM, but you may need just one or two of these capabilities. Residential remodelers have specialized needs within this industry, so they should choose a dedicated residential remodeling system.

Specific questions to ask when selecting home builder construction software include:

  • What size is your company? Most home builder construction programs are geared toward companies of a certain size, so this should be one of the first things to match when evaluating a program.
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  • What features do you need?
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  • Do you want an on-premise, client/server-based deployment or is your organization interested in exploring web-based deployment opportunities?
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  • How well does the software integrate with your existing accounting, CRM, ordering or other systems?