PrebuiltML offers an on-premise takeoff software that helps lumber dealers, general contractors, and home builders build 3D views of their construction sites. The solution allows managers to streamline job efficiency, minimize material waste and man-hours and automate the takeoff process.

PrebuiltML solution includes three products - PrebuiltML X, PROtrade and LITE. PrebuiltML X is a premier takeoff software designed to serve dealers, builders, and framers of all sizes. The solution can track the quantity of stock as well as estimate the requirements for different locations.

PrebuiltML PROtrade is designed for traders to capture accurate measurements and generate accurate material lists. PROtrade comes with comprehensive tools for creating layouts with pictures, business logo and more. PrebuiltML LITE is a basic solution with takeoff features like point-click digitizer, page leveling and scaling and material reporting.

PrebuiltML offers customer support over the phone and online via email or the member portal. It also provides several videos to help new clients start using the system.

Take-off verification
Take-off verification

Take-off verification

Create layouts

Create layouts

Notes

Notes

Communication

Communication

Visuals

Visuals

Integrated viewer

Integrated viewer

Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8



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Alex from Carl E Smith Building Supplies

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

March 2018

We have thoroughly enjoyed this software and the efficiency it has brought to our organization.

Increased productivity and the ability to adjust waste factors down to a formulaic level versus shooting from the hip.

Pros

The ability to make accurate changes on the fly as the customer's project evolves and the generation of roofing and flooring layouts to avoid confusion.

Cons

There are some elements that should be shown in pc count (under a specific dimension) vs linear feet. For instance plate length and ridge.

Review Source: Capterra

Pete from Altitude Insulation

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

February 2018

Very powerful software program in terms of simplicity and being customizable for different sectors

Ease of use

Pros

Prebuilt ML allows me to perform estimation tasks for my insulation company paperless and from any location. What I like best is I can set up each project in it's own folder, and always have access to it. Also, It eliminates the expense of copying or printing full-size blueprints. The cost savings in this alone is enormous, and helps increase net profit. Also, Prebuilt generates automatic quantity reports and piece counts based on product categories input by the end user. This eliminates the need to write notes on other paper and keep them organized and stored. The material reports can be exported to Excel or saved as PDF's. Also, I am able to make e-mailable crops and notes on the drawings should questions or discussion points arise. These items really add up to save time on any project, weather it's 3 or 300 sheets of drawings. Also, Prebuilt's customer support team has been an an incredible asset over the last few years. Customer rep and his team have always gone above and beyond in answering questions during setup and when an issue arises. I would call my computer skills better than average, however the layout of the software is such that anyone with beginning to intermediate skills can use Prebuilt without difficulty. Customers and contractors are always shocked when I show them this software for the first time. It makes a great sales tool as it generates exact quantities while eliminating the potential for human input errors.

Cons

Probably the single-most challenge in using Prebuilt is the need to input and scale each needed. sheet. This does take time, however it only needs to be done once. Once input, scales are automatically saved, and can be drawn on immediately. I find it goes pretty fast, and sometimes it helps identify measurement errors on especially hand drawn sheets. You can also add new sheets and delete new sheets as needed. Also, You can place un-needed sheets in a separate folder to reduce visual clutter in the file.

Review Source: Capterra

Brett from Plans Takeoff

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

November 2017

Excellent Software and Very Excellent Support

Increased sales immediately, due to the professional reports Better software than expected. I have used other software for over 10 years and will never go back.

Pros

Very Professional Reports and Layouts. Very little that has not been taken into account. Great built in Database.
Quick learning curve.
Again, I have been completly amazed at the level of support.
Support staff knows their software and quickly help solve the few issues that could come up.

Cons

No Complaints,

Review Source: Capterra

Daniel from Legend Architectural

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

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Functionality

September 2017

PrebuiltML is an excellent product with an even better customer support. They go above and beyond.

Great presentation and communication to clients.

Pros

I like the view port and engine for navigating project plans. Very fast and intuitive. Many other features are impressive like the obvious take off portion and color coding along with the custom functionality of creating categories and products. Lots of flexibility to customize quickly.

Cons

I wish there was an undo button and I wish it was available on Mac. This being said the Pros greatly outweigh the Cons.

Review Source: Capterra

Brad from Hughes Lumber

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

June 2017

Good I enjoy the software in general

Pros

I enjoy the ability to quickly make changes to lumber estimates and print out detailed reports quickly.

Cons

There needs to be an undo function to correct mistakes. Every software I have ever used has an undo function except this, and it can be frustrating.

Review Source: Capterra

Ray from Boise Cascade

Ease-of-use

Value for money

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Functionality

April 2017

Prebuilt excels at quick accurate takeoffs

I use Prebuilt for EWP takeoffs. It has cut my takeoff time for a large MF project down from 4-5 days to just 1 or 2 days. Easy to use and great support team.

Review Source: Capterra

eric from Rudd

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

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Functionality

March 2017

Great software

The support staff immediately responded and was very helpful. I switched from oncenter software to prebuilt and have been very happy

Pros

It is very efficient for completing a takeoff along with the info it provides when you are done

Cons

Some of the tables have an over powering amount of information- it is easy to get lost on what you are looking at. I've had a hard time tracking down products because I was in the wrong location (mostly hangers). I understand why it is broken out though I find myself scrolling though the application lists a lot trying to figure out what is the right product

Review Source: Capterra

Mark from Shentel

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

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Functionality

March 2017

Creates a nice presentation for takeoffs.

The software is continually improving and adding more features. Being able to create color coded takeoffs makes a nice description of material, usage, and placement. Tech support is very prompt in responding to questions and/or issues. That's invaluable in my opinion for a software company to provide.

Pros

The visibility and location of materials utilized for the takeoff.

Cons

I'd like to be able to remove items never used from the material list as well as be able to code some items for ease of transferring to a pricing software.

Review Source: Capterra

Wayne from LumberLink

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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December 2016

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At my age (65) not being computer literate, I was able (along with the Technical Support) to grasp the technology. The Program makes it possible to transform my knowledge of construction on to paper with Layouts and Lists. The accuracy of the program generates lists and layouts that are Informative to the Builder, Supplier, and Carpenter. The layouts are created in color and sizes that are legible. The program can be customized to fit various skilled needs. I would recommend this software to anyone who has the knowledge in the construction field or anyone who has the time to learn the construction techniques.

Pros

The accuracy and the ease of use.

Sheldon from SKC Construction

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

June 2016

Hard to imagine a better support staff with this great product.

I was a Carpenter, Framing & General Contractor for over 47 years, always did my own estimating & material lists. Starting doing lumber lists for my lumber yard 3 years ago, and been using PrebuiltML X for almost a year now, and sure wish I started sooner. I researched several other takeoff products prior to choosing Prebuilt, the leasing option allows you to use it without big investment up front, and they extended the trial period to me for over a month. Couldn't be more pleased with my choice.

Pros

This software has so much flexibility in it, that you can find all kinds of ways to accomplish your lists the way you want, I did. The more you use it the more you see and learn different ways to do the work. Constantly finding ways to improve efficiency & methods .
The updates with improvements and added features often include your wish lists & always useful.
Updates seem to be released every few months.
The lists provided and trail of information to answer questions later are all there with ease of access.

On top of a great product is the service and support that comes with it.
I can't imagine a support service any better, just ain't possible. This staff is as good as it gets, and I have spoken with several of them many times.
Robbie is always helpful and quickly follows up with answers not at hand for him then, and always a pleasure talking to him and the other guys.

I rate this support team as 6 of 5 in all ways.

Cons

There are no cons to this product & support staff. whatever additional features & improvements can be made they are working on it, and listening to us as customers with our wants.

Review Source: Capterra

Jason from Tindell's Building Materials

Ease-of-use

Customer support

February 2016

Estima is the ultimate tool for the building industry!

Estima is a fantastic tool that is extremely customizable to fit your needs and easy to understand. The software is easy to learn and will increase efficiency and accuracy as soon as you start using it. The staff at Prebuilt ML do a great job at training and supporting the software. They explain everything in understandable terms and very timely. Robbie has been so good to deal with and is always extremely eager to help. It is obvious that he loves his job and has a passion for helping others and representing Prebuilt ML. Greg's vision and morals are prevalent with every person I have been in contact with at Prebuilt ML. All in all, I do not think you could ask for a better partner to have in business than these guys.

Review Source: Capterra

Daniel from Taiga Building Products, Inc.

Ease-of-use

Customer support

January 2016

PreBuiltMLX is the best, fastest, and unparalleled customer support for projects of all sizes.

I've used AutoCAD and various vendor software solutions but they all fall short compared to PreBuilt's MLX software. PreBuiltMLX has exceeded all my needs in providing accurate, timely, material takeoffs and in creating plans. It is flexible enough to meet all my client specialized needs and integrates with my company's sale department requirements easily. Their support staff is simply incredible, responding to my questions immediately and provided hands-on demonstration and training. After comparing pricing to other competitor's software, the choice was obviously PreBuilt. I would highly recommend trying it out with their free trial to see if it is right for you too.

Review Source: Capterra

Wayne from Lumber Link Inc.

Ease-of-use

Customer support

January 2016

This product is easy to use especially in the digitizing portion.

I am not a well oiled machine when it comes to computers. With the untiring and patient support of both Lonnie and Robbie I am able to produce accurate and illustrated take-offs for our customers. The customized template is a thing of beauty. I recommend this software to anyone regardless of there computer abilities not only for the ease of use but also to the GREAT Technical Support Team available to users. Thanks Wayne Marlow

Review Source: Capterra

Ric from Freedom Estimates, llc

Ease-of-use

Customer support

December 2015

Very glad this software came up during a desperate search!

My old software wasn't cutting it, I literally switched horses midstream and haven't looked back! I've used the free trial for two weeks on two jobs, and just subscribed when the trial ended. Then the fun really began when the staff customized my template to fit my needs. All the support has been amazing. Robbie patiently explains, then re-educates, when my notes fall short. The software products list is so complete it contains material I haven't heard of in 25 years of construction. It is malleable, and I'm confident it will serve my clients from decks to three story townhomes and beyond! Thank you Prebuilt engineers and Thank you Robbie!

Review Source: Capterra

JAMES MICHAEL from JMP CONSULTING GROUP, INC.

Ease-of-use

Customer support

June 2015

ROBBIE HAS A PASSION FOR WHAT HE DOES WHICH MAKES HIM AN EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS OF DEALING WITH SALES/SERVICE REPS FOR ESTIMATING SOFTWARE COMPANIES, YOU FEEL LIKE SOMEONE REALLY CARES ABOUT YOUR PURCHASE AND TRAINING. ROBBIE AND LONNIE ARE EXCEPTIONAL!

Review Source: Capterra

Paul from E.C. Cottle

Ease-of-use

Customer support

June 2015

New to Estimating, Making it very easy to learn.

The pros are, the customer service, the multitude of options and sophistication. For someone who is fairly new, It has been a great way to learn the job. The cons are working out the bugs, and the learning curve.

Review Source: Capterra

Don from Custom Bilt Cabinet & Supply

Ease-of-use

Customer support

May 2015

Excellent Software For Estimating

PrebuiltML is a great estimating software. After searching for many months to find the right one to fit our needs, PrebuiltML became our choice. No up front cost, ease of use, and above all else the customer service provided is hands down the very best I have ever dealt with. They are more than willing to walk you step by step on getting your software set up the way you want in the best way possible. If you are in the market for Estimating software, you will NOT go wrong with Prebuilt!

Review Source: Capterra

John from Tilson Home Corporation

Ease-of-use

Customer support

April 2015

Accuracy right out of the box

As a 22 year veteran estimator for homebuilders, I've created some very elaborate Excel spreadsheets carefully designed to precisely quantify building materials. Right out of the box, the accuracy of PrebuiltML blows me away. The intelligence that is built into the program, the ease of which materials can be specified and organized, plus the ability to automatically generate a digital audit trail of the entire takeoff, proves to me that this company knows what they are doing. PrebuiltML will definitely remain in my toolbox.

Review Source: Capterra

Jim from Lavalley Building Supply

Industry / Trade:  Home builder - production

Ease-of-use

Functionality

April 2015

PrebuiltML Software

Pros

I like how thorough the program is. It's fairly intuitive and brings you through all phases of the building to do an accurate take off.

Cons

I find that finding the correct product can sometimes be difficult due to how extensive the material lists are and how they are categorized.

Andrew from Builders First Source

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Ease-of-use

Customer support

Functionality

March 2015

The new and ever improving Estima Software

Pros

They are always making it better. I started on the Planswift version. It was very difficult to use. Weyerhausauer has made many improvements to their product. This has made it very user-friendly. I love using this product!

Cons

The newer version, without the Planswift, is better, but tends to crash if I'm not working at the office. I can't understand how it knows I'm not there, but it does. But I'm not an IT guy either. I hope they can get that bug fixed.


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