About TurboBid Estimating

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-o...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

25 Reviews of TurboBid Estimating

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.54 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Ratings Snapshot

5 stars

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4 stars

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8

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1 stars

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Showing 1 - 5 of 25 results

October 2019

Steve from Southeast Electrical Constructors, Inc.

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Construction

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

October 2019

Electrical Service Pricing and Project Estimating

TurboBid has been extremely useful in helping me grow my business. Working with CSRs has helped me better understand the electrical contracting business. Their customer support is always spot on.

Pros

TurboBid is easy to set up and use on a daily basis to price service work. I estimate electrical jobs from a few hundred dollars to over a million. The data base is massive and easy to adapt to any estimate. It gives me clear, easy to understand reports and material take-offs. I have been using TurboBid since 2012 and have seen amazing progress within the system to make it easier and faster to produce accurate estimates and proposals for my customers.

Cons

I have not had any negative experiences using TurboBid or the customer support.

Reasons for Choosing TurboBid Estimating

Far more adaptable to my business plan and much more cost effective than any software I used while working with previous employers.

September 2018

Joshua from Electrocal, Inc.

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Construction

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2018

Excellent product and excellent customer service

I have been elated since I chose TurboBid. I did a LOT of research before choosing them. They had the right base price for the software, I liked that I had an actual software package not an online only program. I can honestly say that a small part of me depends on TurboBid now. Being a small one person shop, I can always do things way faster in my head. Then I get on the job and realize, what about the screws! What about the hole that I didn't think would take me so long and now drilling that one hole ate up my profit. Not with TurboBid. Now I don't do off the top of my head bids anymore, I run the job through TurboBid and I know I will be profitable when I give my price. It may not always be the cheapest bid, but it will be the right bid at the right price for my company. Do a few jobs once and compare them apples to apples for labor hours. If you are honest, I bet your actual jobtime labor hours comes out pretty close to what TurbBid estimates! I am way more profitable now as a company. It really paid for itself after a few bids. Oh and their customer service is top notch!!! I had an issue and the Vice president worked with me on it! That is service!

Pros

I like the ease of use. Overall it is a very easy program to learn. With the way that it is setup like a flow chart, you can keep progressing through the steps on the program to make sure you don't miss anything. That is one of its main positives, it let's you get through the steps for a more accurate (not always the cheapest) more thorough, quicker bid. You know that when you are done, you will have the confidence that you can submit the right price for the job. I am definitely more profitable now.

Cons

There is a slight learning curve. searching through the list tree can be daunting but they have a great search feature that can work around it.

Response from Advanced Electrical Technologies

Replied September 2018

Hello Joshua, Thank you so much for the kind words! We are thrilled to work with you and your company. Always remember, we're here for you whenever you needs us. We look forward to working with you for many years to come!

June 2019

Kevin from Safeguard Electric

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source


Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

1.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

1.0

June 2019

Complete waste of money for Canadian businesses!

I am unable to use it and spent way too much time with support trying to figure it out. I would of been better off throwing my money out of the window of my truck!

Pros

I don't have any pro's. The software is not user friendly in Canada.

Cons

Does not work in Canada like I was informed during the sales process. You are unable to get Canadian prices from distributors to work with the software, hence you cannot perform accurate estimates in a timely matter. Complete waste of money spent that could of been used somewhere else as a newly started business. I just use the excel spreadsheet I developed, which is much faster and accurate. I will purchase a Canadian friendly software when I recover from this wasted purchase, like McCormick or Accubid.

Response from Advanced Electrical Technologies

Replied August 2019

While we are always remiss to disagree with one of our customers, Kevin's statement is simply not true. Kevin was informed of the following methods to update his material prices in TurboBid. 1) "Update Price by File". This is a price file supplied by vendors that is uploaded into TurboBid. The only data that is required is the material description, UPC #, Unit of Measure, and Vendor Price. The fact that Kevin's vendor is in Canada makes no difference since they use the same data. Kevin's issue was that his vendor simply refused to provide him with the file. 2) Trade Service. TraSer is a 3rd party application that interfaces with TurboBid. It is used to update vendor pricing in TurboBid. If you contact Trade Service, they will confirm that the TraSer link in TurboBid works as it should in Canada. Trade Service told us that the reason Kevin could not update vendor prices in TurboBid was that he canceled his TraSer subscription before his vendors were approved.

September 2018

Robert from R.G. Elmore & Associates Inc.

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2018

Turbo Bid Electrical Estimating Software

We are able to turn out the most professional proposals in the least amount of time. You can give your customer anything from just a plain bid price to an extensive proposal that includes all of the equipment being used, and all of the labor being supplied. Even a room by room breakdown of the items included for your customers review.

Pros

Ease of use, was up and running in an afternoon. Great customer service, everyone at Turbo Bid is great and they care about their customers, always available for good advice and a great learning experience. They really go the extra mile to help with a problem you may have encountered.

Cons

There is absolutely nothing that I dislike, the entire program is very functional, easy to learn, and accurate.

Response from Advanced Electrical Technologies

Replied September 2018

Hello Robert, We are so glad to hear that you're enjoying TurboBid! You and your company have been an absolute pleasure to work with. If you ever need anything at all, we're always here for you! Thank you again for all the kind words.

July 2016

Michael from LLOYD ELECTRIC, LLC.

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Construction

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2016

Very detailed and useful!

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.

Response from Advanced Electrical Technologies

Replied 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.