iSqFt for General Contractors software


With iSqFt, contractors of any size can streamline their entire pre-construction process and bid effectively.

Designed to address the unique challenges of general contractors, design-build firms, and construction managers, iSqFt's customizable, web-based system, brings together every facet of a contractor's bid process into a single application. iSqFt Bid Management enables contractors to share information with bidders, to track project information right up to bid day, and to share information easily with the entire project team.

iSqFt allows subcontractors to access their prequalification management application based off of ConsensusDocs. Also, iSqFt has an entire team available to help answer support questions, and they host training seminars for subcontractors on a regular basis, ensuring everyone involved with a project is comfortable using the system and able to start projects faster.

We recommend the program to general contractors of any size seeking a more effective bid management process. The program is a great fit for general contractors, design and building firms, utility contractors, and construction managers.

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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  • Tumal from Civil Solutions Assocaites.

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    Great tool but needs updating

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    Pros

    We've had a good run with this software, in terms of looking for jobs to bid. Most of the General Contractors in the area use this software hence we got involved.

    Cons

    It can really use an update in terms of the functionality, the look of the site and the ease to use. It's a great product and has an extensive database of contractors, but really needs an overhaul.

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  • Brett from Hunt and Walsh

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    User-Friendly File-Sharing Platform!

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    Pros

    The best part of this program is the ease of use and the simplistic nature of how files are distributed from clients or to clients. The layout of the program is easy to understand for everyone and it is also very organized.

    Cons

    The only complaint that I would have on this software is that sometimes the program likes to log you out after only a few days of non-use. Otherwise this is a great platform.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    May 2018

    Great software to streamline the bidding process

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    Pros

    This software is an easy effective way to bid projects. It's ability to communicate between subcontractors is fantastic.

    Cons

    We have only used this software a few times. We have had issues with the billing aspect with them. Other than that we have had no issues.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jeremy from Hardy Corporation

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    May 2018

    This program works really well.

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    Pros

    This product has given us the opportunity to bid on multiple jobs. Is a great product that opens up many opportunities.

    Cons

    Some of the files that we have received from this website we were unable to open. Other than that I have no complaints.

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  • Marty from Graybar Electric

    March 2018

    Great way to find new business

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    Pros

    We use this program to find new jobs that are coming out and to look at plans for jobs that we're working on. It's easy to use. The search can be narrowed or expanded to get a wide variety of plans. They have a bunch of great information online to use.

    Cons

    ISQFT needs to promote themselves more, so we can get more projects to bid. I'm not sure their Risk Management assessment is the best either.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Eric from Waddle Exteriors

    March 2018

    Nice tool to have to access bids

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    Pros

    We don't bid on a lot of jobs, but it is nice to have when we do. You can access the necessary documents to put your bid together.

    Cons

    The convenience of finding a job could be a little easier. I usually have to help coworkers find the job they're looking for, which shows it isn't as easy as you'd hope.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ben from NGC Group

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    January 2018

    Good Product for the money

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    Pros

    I like the national contractor listing that allows for a database as we travel into new markets with our team.

    Cons

    It would be nice to incorporate a rating system for the subs to allow for better control on invites that may go out.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2017

    Daily user, find many solid leads

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    Pros

    There is an abundance of project leads with multiple companies. Both large and small general contractors are on the site.

    Cons

    It's open to a lot of bidders which leaves me blind to number of competition. Sometimes general contractors use the site just to get numbers for their bids.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Nate from Hanley Construction

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2017

    Works Well

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    Pros

    I like that there is a large database you can choose from and it makes it easy to send out a project to bid to many different trades at once. It helps get a lot of reply's and makes it easier on you when bidding

    Cons

    One thing i dont like about isqft is how you cant sync contacts or you cant enter the database without creating a job or project.

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  • Donnie from Hunzinger Construction

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    October 2017

    iSqFt is easy to navigate and manage with very little training.

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    Pros

    The easy to use layout of iSqFt is the best thing about it. All of our contacts are in iSqFt so that we can easily send out bid invitations, manage documents, and update the bid status for subcontractors.

    Cons

    For the most part, iSqFt is in a "data silo". They are starting to dabble in their integration with Procore but before that, there was nothing else that it would talk to.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Manuel from Christman Company

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2017

    iSqFt is old, outdated and unreliable.

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    I think my cons remark pretty much says it all.

    Pros

    When if first came out 10 or 12 years ago it was very good. But now it is old, outdated and unreliable.

    Cons

    You gave full access to the subcontractors which made your system unreliable. Many of the subcontractors and suppliers went into the system and tagged themselves for every trade on the list instead of their specific trade. This made your system very unreliable at best for monitoring sub responses. And difficult and time consuming when selecting specific subs for each of the trades. Just as example, when you look up electrical subs you also have landscape subs, roofers, door suppliers, drywall subs, painter, plumbers, HVAC sub in the electrical category because you let subs tag themselves for all trades. Instead of sorting through 300 electrical subs I have to sort through 900 subs, most of them not electrical subs. Not sure if that was your intent but it is what has happened.

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  • Cliff from CBKinstallations LLC

    Specialty: Finishing contractor

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    March 2017

    iSqFt

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    iSqFt is an awesome program to use. As long as the General Contractor uses it and you are on their bid list, you will see every bid they post.

  • Rachel from Aetos Construction, LLC

    Specialty: Utility contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    February 2017

    Newbie

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    We are fairly new at using takeoff software in general, but overall we found that isqft is basically easily to navigate. We do feel that the available jobs opportunities are limited with this software.

  • Gary from Dbk Inc

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    February 2017

    Good system if it fits your market well

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    Nice system for finding jobs to bid on and reviewing specs/plans. The problem with our market (South Dakota) is they seem to be a little weak in our extremely rural market. If you try the demo and there seems to be a good fit for your market it would definitely be worth the price!

    Pros

    Good for having plans/specs on jobs advertised. Ease of use is good. Good support network.

    Cons

    seems to have less jobs in extremely rural areas. Pretty expensive if they don't have the number of jobs in your market.

  • Dani from The Hansen Company

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    February 2017

    Not what it used to be

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    I used iSqFt for a short while before their last major overhaul and it definitely needed to be updated, but they took out a lot of features that make it almost as difficult to work with. I rate software based on the number of clicks it takes me to get something done and the last update has actually added more clicks. Customer Support often has their hands tied because the system "was designed to work that way."

    Pros

    A much easier platform to work with. It has an updated feel to it, but this is probably the only good thing about it. I can navigate fairly easily between tabs such as bidder's invite list and the details of the project.

    I can see fairly easily who has received the invite and who didn't.

    Cons

    Since the update, I have to now add contacts such as the architect, engineer, general contractor, etc. for a project individually instead of pulling from the contacts list. Some projects have up to 10 different professionals between the architect, mechanical eng, electrical eng, structural eng, site, GC, owner, etc. We even have to enter our own information if we want to add the estimator to the list.

    Second most frustrating part is the bidder's list. We don't usually invite all bidders so we have a condensed list that we pull from. The site has a main directory and then we can add contacts to our personal directory, but sometimes the actual person isn't the one that we deal with. We can't modify "our" contacts because everything is saved by the email address. If the bidder changes anything, we have to manually sync with our contact list. I believe before, all contacts were "our" contacts.

    The bidder's invite process is also time-consuming because I have to click a button to expand the spec section and then click the bidders from that section. Then click the next spec section to expand the bidder's list and click the bidder's I want to invite. Clicking individual bidders has always been ok, but the extra step I have to take is opening each spec section rather than just a complete list of bidders. This can add up to 20-30 extra clicks when I'm sending out bid invites.

    Finding bidders that aren't on our condensed list also takes a lot of work. I have to search for a bidder (maybe by company name, phone, email, etc.) and then select them to add to the bid list. That takes me back to the list of bidders I'm inviting. Each time I add someone, it always takes me back to the main list and I have re-open the search window again to find the next person, not on our condensed list. So the steps are to (1) open the search window (2) type in and search for the company I need (3) select them from the search results (4) add to the list at which point that search window closes. Start back at step (1) again if I have more than company to add. The alternative is to not select bidders from our condensed list, to begin with, but that list is vast and would take just as long, if not longer, to scan through when I'm adding a handful of bidders from one spec section.

    One other thing I wish they would change was the home projects screen. It shows all active, inactive, and archived projects. I can uncheck the inactive/archived or check the bidding only projects, but it changes back to the default to show all projects every time I log in. I wish I could start each session with just the active bidding projects.

    They also changed the way documents are saved. Once I upload drawings or specs, I have to manually edit each file with the page numbers. This is minor and I've noticed that most other companies don't even bother to specify the number of pages in each file or the page size. If you upload each spec section as a separate file, making this change (which involves in several clicks per edit) can be very time-to consume.

  • Melody from Ecker Construction

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    January 2017

    Love the database!

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    Thanks to the database of subcontractors on iSqFt, we have seen a nice increase in a number of bids we received from subcontractors. It has allowed us to form great working relationships with new subs as well. Also, our account rep is always quick to help us with any questions we may have.

    Pros

    The database of subcontractors available

    Cons

    Nothing

  • Nikki from Overland Corporation

    January 2017

    iSqFt Review

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    Back when I used this software I really liked it. It was very easy to use and worked great for our needs.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Joshua from Black Canyon Construction

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    December 2016

    Review for iSqft for General Contractors

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    iSqFt has been an evolving software which has made the bidding world just a bit easier and more organized. This software is extremely easy to use and very organized. Also if you are a fan of keeping all your documents in one centralized location, they also offer a project management add on.

    Pros

    Organization

    Cons

    Customization

  • Craig from CONANT CONSTRUCTION

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2016

    iSqFt for General Contractors

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    Program takes awhile to learn. But so does everything worth the time. Once applications are catered to your business, it will become easier.

    Pros

    Transfer and share files easily

    Cons

    Take a while to learn program

  • Dave from Tropical Property Management

    Specialty: Landscaping

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2016

    Use of I sq ft.com

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    Very good, Very informative. Lets me know the physical location instantly so I can decide to bid or not on a job.

    Pros

    It gives me the physical location within the headlines.

    Cons

    Numerous updates.

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