Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) Software


 

Sage Estimating is an on-premise based construction estimating software designed specifically to serve contractors and sub-contractors in construction and real estate industries of all sizes. The solution provides interactive tools to build and share accurate bidding estimates with the bidders, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Sage Estimating software offers a variety of takeoff methods that can be used to pull individual or group item details from industry specific databases directly into the bidding sheet. Users can manually enter the dimensions of the site or use several integrated electronic takeoff solutions to pull the dimensions of the site automatically. Sage Estimating also helps in forecasting the labor, raw material and other overhead costs, which in turn helps contractors to prepare precise and accurate bids.

Sage has collaborated with Autodesk and eTakeoff solutions for adding BIM capabilities to their cost estimating solution. Sage Estimating also collaborates with other solutions from Sage family including Sage 100 Contractor and Sage 300 Contractor to take care of accounting and reporting needs.

 

Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Estimating
 
  • Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Estimating
    Estimating
  • Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Job cost inquiry
    Job cost inquiry
  • Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Project management
    Project management
  • Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Service management
    Service management
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

45 Reviews of Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating)

 

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james from Jrb industries LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2018

February 2018

sage customer service

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Pros

Nothing really to put there because my company didn't purchase the software because of sage's lack of communication and valuing it's new customers.

Cons

Customer service of sage is horrible. I spent the time to take the test drive. Communicated with a rep from sage. When I asked about pricing she couldn't tell me nothing. Just wanted to ask more questions and then told me I would have to contact an authorized reseller. Could've saved me and my company a lot of time just by mentioning that on their website and being up front. I will only deal with companies that value their customers as we value our customers.

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Ben from NGC Group
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Sage Estimating

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Great database options for General Contractors that allows for more complex and complete estimates.

Cons

Due to the layout of the software it is hard to use Sage for hard bid jobs and incorporating alternates.

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Justin from Buckeye builders
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Save estimating program is a solid and trusted program

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

That most estimators are familiar with the program and it is easy to use. It really helps that it is so widely used that even if your company is new to it one of your employees is most likely experienced in it.

Cons

It's just like any other program. They all have their limitations and you have to review multiple products to make sure it meets your needs.

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Luke from Coe Cosntruction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Using this for estimating worked, but not as well as other options.

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Overall it works, but not my first choice.

Pros

Great for tracking, and is a fanatic database for historical information, but clunky to use and not as user friendly as other options.

Cons

Seems outdated, and reports are tricky to get right without knowing exactly what you need. Clunky interface with no options for improvement.

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Connor from Comstock Construction Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Sage 300

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N/A
Pros

Sage is a very practical estimating software in the construction industry. It ensures everything is a accounted for and is much easier better than Excel

Cons

Sage is a little clunky sometimes - not the easiest program i've ever used

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Kevin from Camson Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

August 2017

August 2017

Nice product, integrates well with Sage 300 CRE

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Value for Money

Overall, a nice addition for your Estimating team.

Pros

We used this product for our estimators in my last Commercial Construction company. Works well with Sage 300 CRE. Allows you to set certain standard prices like labor rates. Calculate burden, buys, etc.

Cons

A little on the pricey side but that's about it. Many good features like importing into your Sage Project Management software.

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Clay from Sudberry Millwork, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Hottest Estimating Software on the Market!

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This is probably the most flexible estimating software available today. Always a leader in the industry, Sage Estimating can fit the bill for entry level, single user needs and expand to an unlimited number of users. The estimating system can tie into one of the best accounting packages, as well.

Pros

Totally flexible - can be used by virtually any trade as well as GC. From basic estimating needs to a complex reporting system, this software can do it.

Cons

Takes time to set-up properly. The software is ready to go out of the box, but to fine tune to make it "hum" takes more than just starting it up.

 
 

Richard from KC2 SERVICES
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

May 2017

May 2017

Pursuit of Excellence

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I invested into my estimating toolbox and acquired my Estimating License in 1996. I have been a Sage Estimating Customer ever since. Being a single user puts into perspective the support service experience as I always felt that my business was the only business that mattered.

Pros

Having worked with much of the competitions to Sage Estimating software while working for General Contractors it has been easy to compare features and functionality. With a solid Audit Trail it is easy to review a projects work flow. Estimate reports are virtually unlimited in terms of formatting capabilities. Attaching takeoff graphics as well enhances the deliverable documents combining the Work Breakdown Structure it is very easy to communicate the scope of work to the client especially when they are not construction conversant. Support services are top of class as the platform the software is operated on has improved support services are required less and less.

Cons

There really is nothing negative that I can consider.

 
 

virgil from Rye Development
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Sage Timberline

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The product was easy to use out of the box. Had to customize some fields to be project specific, but software allowed us to do so quickly.

Pros

Quick to use if you already know estimating

Cons

Proprietary data was incomplete for specific projects

Advice to Others

Spend some time building out your project specific data before starting to estimate

 
 

Brendan from Kirk Gross Company
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Does what I need it to.

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Very happy with Sage. It makes short work of my estimates, it's also very customizable.

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Expensive

 
 

Lindsay Helmick from Allen Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Cloud Based Need

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We purchased this product in attempts to find a link between our estimating teams and production teams and to improve the job setup time. However, this product does not link to the systems in the manners we had hoped. We are currently working on workarounds, so hoping we can fix that issue. The other issue we have with the product is it is not cloud-based, so our team always needs to be connected to our servers to make updates which cause issues for our remote teams.

Pros

I like the ease and functionality

Cons

It isn't cloud based.

 
 

Nishant from University of Texas at Arlington.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

A must use software for construction industry !!

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Estimating project while bidding this software is a great help. It has does estimate exactly 90% - 95% of the actual budget of the project. But, depending upon the level of detail calculation you do, It has almost everything you need for estimating. Easy to learn and get used to it. the only draw back is the user interface, I would enjoy to use it more if the made it look a bit more organized and neat. Still, a must use software for the construction industry.

 
 

Tara from Katerra
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Always like Timberline

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I've used Sage/Timberline products for a number of years and have found the programs fairly intuitive. I'm an estimating novice so I appreciate the ease of use. I did find that this software helped me to build cleaner estimates.

 
 

Jessica from Katerra
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Timberline Software

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I worked as a project estimator/project coordinator with the Timberline product.

Pros

I liked the ability to submit journal entries when putting together the buyout for projects.

Cons

There are not as many query options as I would like any looking at the cost production of a project as it progresses.

 
 

Michael from The College of Saint Rose
Specialty: Building owner
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Powerful product that is well integrated

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Value for Money

For project estimates that are all inclusive and cover all aspects of a project you are bidding or developing a project budget for, there is no product more powerful than Sage Estimating. With its powerful ability to create well-defined estimates, it also has the ability to connect to many other facets of Project Management, Accounting and Construction. The product is capable of being enterprise-wide for a contractor or construction management firm, with the ability to bring in information from external sources.

Pros

Plenty of customization is available to have the output look and feel the way you want it, many modules to attach to and the ability to draw from database pricing information from external sources.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve for the beginning user. This is not a product for the occasional user.

Advice to Others

Determine if this much power is needed, but if it is, this is the ultimate product and it is well supported.

 
 

Douglas from Larry Elwood Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Sage-Timberline Estimating Review

Ease-of-use

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N/A

Been using this product for 20 years- fairly simple

Pros

Familiarity

Cons

Lack of flexibility

 
 

Steven from Mr.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2016

November 2016

The most dynamic

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Value for Money

Sage estimating software allows companies and their individual users to literally make exactly the database that perfectly fits their needs. The only limitation is their ability to create tables, variables and formulas that will create the outcomes that they desire.

Pros

Total control, flexibility, and no "canned" locked in formating. Adding, changing and maneuvering existing data is made easy with "Database Manager".

Cons

The biggest con is the cost per user and the maintenance fee. Smaller companies can manage these cost with two or three estimators but larger world users such as cost consulting firms with large numbers of users find the initial investment and sustainability are over the top.

Advice to Others

To have all the advantages of this estimating product and keep the cost down you can purchase One database and put it on a server that can be accessed from anywhere and a minimal amount of uses per office that can be shared.

 
 

Joseph from Wasatch Commercial Builders
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Sage timberline

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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Customer Support

Value for Money

Sage has lots of capabilities, but it can be cumbersome to use. Lots of error messages and restarts required.

 
 

Emad from Standard Solar
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Timberline

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Timberline is a good old program that can be utilized for estimating however, you need to have a good database of prices to make it effective and you need to update these prices often to make it effective.

Pros

Good once you have learned it. It does complex estimating.

Cons

It has old features that are hard to change. Timberline does not change the programming technology to make it easier to use..

Advice to Others

It is expensive. Excel can replace this program.

 
 

Ana from Onni Group
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

User friendly

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Value for Money

As an estimator, I use Timberline to estimate projects with value of $1M+. The platform is very user friendly. I can perform quick takeoff or more detailed item takeoff with just a click of a mouse. The autosave mode ensures that my work is saved every five minutes minimizing the risk of losing the data. The extended version of the software came with a sample database that we customized for the needs of our company. The reports function is absolutely amazing as it allows me to send the estimates to customers, project managers, superintendents, and fellow estimators for cross checking by just selecting the items that they want to see. It saves me plenty of time! I would highly recommend Sage Estimating (Timberline) to companies that are looking for an efficient estimating tool.

Pros

User friendly
Data autosave
Customizable reports

Advice to Others

Highly recommend it if your projects are $1M+, otherwise it may be quite costly for your office.

 
 
 
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Tim from Bryan Consulting Inc.

April 2018

April 2018

Keep all of your estimate and bid information in one place

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Pros

This program lets us keep track of all of our estimates, bids, and other information in one fairly easy to use place that our whole team can access it. It has some great interactive tools to help build and share your estimates with clients, contractors, suppliers, and others.

Cons

The customer service on this product is the one thing that I absolutely have to mention. We have had some issues come up in the past and it seems that getting in touch with the right person can be a chore in and of itself. Once you do get through to that person you have to hope that they understand your problem well enough to assist you. I hope it's only us who have experienced issues with this, but I would not be honest if I didn't mention it here.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

It has been a heavily used piece of software, but we are probably not using it to capacity.

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Pros

Assemblies. This has been the most efficient part of the software for us. Keeping track of markups and material costs are helpful.

Cons

Database organization and lack of save/undo features. If I update a material price, will that effect everyone else? It is still very confusing. The integration with CRE300 is pretty sad (Address Book and Export/Import). An undo button would really be helpful.

Review Source: Capterra