TurboBid Estimating software


TurboBid is an on-premise estimating software solution for small and midsize contractors designed to help them complete project estimations, regardless of the type of work, whether it's new residential, light commercial, remodeling, service work or flat rate pricing.

TurboBid’s database includes material items that reflect pricing from Trade Service as well as pricing for up to 5 selected vendors. TurboPricer electronically updates vendor and market pricing for items accordingly as and when it changes. Businesses can calculate material installation times using an established labor unit that can be adjusted to reflect the estimate.

TurboBid offers customizable reports and bid packages that allow users to generate formal proposals, quantity take-offs and bid estimates for customers.

TurboBid also offers customer support via live online training, video tutorials and live help chat.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 8 , Windows 10

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  • Adam from Chapman Electric Inc.

    June 2018

    I use TurboBid for electrical estimating of residential projects.

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    Faster estimate completion time.

    Pros

    I like the formal proposal feature. It save a lot of time and lays everything out in an easily understandable format for customers. I also like how I can setup assembly groups.

    Cons

    I dislike the way navigation through assemblies works. I would rather be able to type in a search bar when I need to add an assembly, especially one not used often.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Rafael from INGENIERÍA DE CONSULTA INCOSTAS, SA

    May 2018

    Very good software to make pipe estimates. Large database available.

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    For some projects, I have compared the actual cost of each project compared to the estimated costs based on this program and similar ones, considering that the costs estimated through the TurboBid were almost always those that were closer to the real costs. Although I have used it for small projects (houses), I think it is feasible, given the results I have obtained, to increase its use to larger projects, for which I continue to use other software.

    Pros

    Although I have not used it much yet, if I have monitored the evolution of its database in some specific items where I know that there have been specific price variations in a relatively short period of time.
    I have been able to verify that the database has faithfully reflected these changes, unlike other similar software, where these changes are not reflected or are observed with an important time lag.
    Your customer service is above the average to which I am accustomed to receive when I have made inquiries.

    Cons

    Although as I said previously, the customer service is higher than the average that I'm used to receiving technically speaking. However, his response time, on the other hand, has been quite slow, at least in my particular case

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    April 2018

    is very complete

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    Pros

    In general, this program provides a great solution for estimating the budget. It is easy to use and its customer service is really good.

    Cons

    It is excellent for large projects or multiple projects since its price is high if it is used for a single project or by people who need to do a specific job.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Alexandra from Spectrum Electric Inc

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    March 2018

    Best Estimating Software I've used

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    Pros

    We are absolutely glad that we found Turbo Bid, It's been very helpful, it's very user-friendly and has a lot of information for estimating.

    Cons

    Customer Service is very friendly and useful, but they need to work on assessing customers problems a bit faster.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • MITCHELL from Extraco Banks

    March 2018

    Used for personal construction/remodeling cost estimation

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    Very helpful in some personal construction remodeling projects I was comparing bids on.

    Pros

    Very user friendly, that it can be used for estimating all types of work (residential, commercial, industrial, new construction, remodeling, service work, flat rate pricing) and that it produces a far superior bid package than other estimating programs.

    Cons

    Like everything, there is a price attached but it can save you money overall if a large project or multiple projects

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Aliesha from LAWDEL Electrical Services, LLC

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2017

    New to business - Turbobid has helped

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    We started a electrical business without a lot of experience and talent in all areas except estimating. I'm so glad we went with Turbobid. Not only were we able to figure it out with this software but their customer service was so helpful and got us in the right direction.

    Pros

    Customer service is amazingly helpful. Pretty user friendly. Lots of options to help. Never bid before using this system and even I can do it with Turbobid! Lots of helpful videos are available.

    Cons

    Setting up assemblies are a little harder to figure out but I'll call and I'm sure I will get help.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Moshe from MG Electrical Estimators LLC

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    June 2017

    Amazing software!!I would recommend this to any estimator

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    Pros

    Turbobid is a very logical step by step estimating process. Has a lot of cool features and report generating capabilities.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything negative to say.

  • Dave from Bullett ElectricInc

    January 2017

    Very satisfied with Turbo Bid

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    I now have used Turbo Bid for our company for the past month. I scheduled my second meeting to go to the next level of my training. For me, this biding software is easy to use, easy to learn, very user-friendly, and a good step by step process. I was wanting to learn a more advanced level of Knowledge on this software, and that is what I received. Thanks Bill for going above and beyond on this training for me.

    Pros

    Step By Step.

    Cons

    Can't print the bid price detail, or I don't know where to print it.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Alfredo from Enigma Electric

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2016

    Turbo bid

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    It has good customer service but some of the prices dont add up. For example 1/2" emt is more expensive than 3/4" emt

    Pros

    Ease of use

    Cons

    price differences

    Response: Customer Support, TurboBid, LLC

    November 2016

    Hi Alfredo. I would just like to address your comment about our material pricing being inaccurate. When you purchased TurboBid, you were prompted to update the database that was included in your free trial. It appears that by your comment, you did not do this. In your example, you stated that ½” EMT is more expensive than ¾” EMT. I have sent you some screen shots of these items via email. The screenshots show the pricing for July 2016 and October 2016. In both cases, ½” EMT was cheaper than ¾” EMT. When TurboBid is installed, a copy of our SQL database is installed on the user’s local computer. We maintain TurboBid’s master database on our server in the clouds. We update the material prices every month. We revise the material item’s data as needed, such as the UPC #, Catalog #, Labor Unit, etc. We also add new items and assemblies to this master database on a regular basis. TurboBid users have access to this updated database through our award winning TurboCloud database maintenance feature. TurboCloud can be used to update their local material prices every month. It can be used to update their local material item’s data to reflect any revisions. It can also be used to add new items and assemblies to their local database. In other words, it keeps their local database accurate and up to date with the click of a button. Please let us know if you would like a free month of TurboCloud. This will allow you to add all of the new items and assemblies that we’ve added since you bought TurboBid, as well as to update your material prices to current levels. Best Regards, TurboBid Support

  • Troy from Got Watts Electric

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2016

    Awesome product.

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    After a couple of webinars and some videos it becomes second nature to put estimates together.

    Pros

    They have thought of everything and the creater was my teacher during the webinar.

    Cons

    Pricing was not close during the initial estimate but that was easily correctable.

  • CASEY from Wattcom Electric Inc.

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2016

    Project Manager

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    Turbo bid estimating software has forces myself and my employees to be more organized and most importantly profitable! What a difference! It's cut my time spent on estimates to a fraction of the time it used to take and has won us more bid by being so complete.

  • Michael from The Service Man

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    October 2016

    Great Software

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    I love the flexibility in templating the process from start to finish. It's not just a pricing software but a complete package.

    Pros

    Templates, ease of use. design.

    Cons

    You have to buy a 3rd party software to take off directly from digital plans.

  • Ben from Electrical Solutions LLC

    October 2016

    Turbo Bid free Trial

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    My first impression of Turbo Bid is excellent. As I said, I'm still in the trial phase but the estimating program is easy to learn and the customer support has been great.

    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Advanced Electrical Technologies, TurboBid, LLC

    October 2016

    We're really glad to hear that you're enjoying your free trial Ben! If you ever have any questions, or need absolutely anything at all, please just let us know. We're always more than happy to help. Thanks so much for the awesome review, we really look forward to working with you!

  • Herbert from Advance Light And Power Electric Corp.

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    October 2016

    Turbo Bid the bidding software which is easy to use

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    I'm very happy with this software so far. I'm in the beginning stages of this product but I'm really comfortable and its easy to use.

  • Michael from LLOYD ELECTRIC, LLC.

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    July 2016

    Very detailed and useful!

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    I'm beginning my own electrical business as a Master Electrician. I purchased Turbo Bid because I needed to accurately estimate new residential and commercial projects. With direction from Bill Ruffner and Andrew Ruffner, I was able to very quickly learn how to use their program and navigate through their software program. I'm very happy with how easy it is to learn and with the customer service they provide.

    Pros

    The detail in which program has. There are so many hidden company expenses a company has that Turbo Bid brings to light and allows you to account for in estimating. Also the ease of making a fast estimate through the material assemblies. Also, Turbo Cloud enables you to get updated pricing and updated assemblies.

    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Advanced Electrical Technologies, TurboBid, LLC

    July 2016

    Thank you Michael. It's always a source of satisfaction on our part when we can help someone in your position improve your business whereas you can provide a better quality of life for your family, as well as bring balance back into your life.

  • Michael from Sunset Electric

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    January 2015

    Good program for quick bids.

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    Pros

    It gives you start ups that are easily customizable to your scope of work, making unlimited assemblies for everything.

    Cons

    It can be a resource hog; having good processing power is a plus.

  • William from Pro Energy Electric

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    October 2014

    From Guesstamator To Estimator

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    Pros

    It's user-friendly, with videos to guide you step by step. The owner is approachable and knowledgeable about his product and estimating. I also like how professional my bid packages are and how you are in control of your estimating software.

    Cons

    That I did not purchase this estimating software years ago.

  • Adam from Clayco Electric

    September 2012

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    I began using TurboBid's new Flat Rate feature the moment it was uploaded and I made our first Flat Rate book to distribute to the residential service crew. I just plugged in our rates and it was ready. The most useful feature is the estimate pricing detail in proposals. It’s simple to use and is exactly what my customers have been asking for in a proposal format. I can create a quick accurate proposal for small service jobs with every task already broken out. They don’t have to call back and ask for a breakdown. This has already saved me time and the tedious task of defending the total job price. They see from the start what the job will require. TurboBid is the best system I have seen. It allows complete customization. I don’t feel like I have to give up my manual take-off experience and let a machine do it as many claim a software requires. It just has sped up every estimating task with greater accuracy and consistency. I have made believers out of the old guys who never trusted the other systems. I’m now quoting jobs with much less headaches.

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