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Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors and general contractors. It combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management and service... Read More
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Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors and general contractors. It combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management and service... Read More
 
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CoConstruct is a project, financial, and client management system for custom home builders and remodelers. It is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once, and have that data... Read More
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CoConstruct is a project, financial, and client management system for custom home builders and remodelers. It is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once, and have that data... Read More
 
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Procore is a cloud-based construction management software application that helps firms increase their project efficiency and accountability by providing streamlined project communication and documentation. Users are able to manage... Read More
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Procore is a cloud-based construction management software application that helps firms increase their project efficiency and accountability by providing streamlined project communication and documentation. Users are able to manage... Read More
 
Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) logo
 
Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsize construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a home builder. Suitable for companies that... Read More
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Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsize construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a home builder. Suitable for companies that... Read More
 
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PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home... Read More
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PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home... Read More

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Smartsheet is a project management application with a spreadsheet-like interface to help teams collaborate, plan projects and manage tasks. The software offers a suite of project management applications, such as document management,... Read More
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Smartsheet is a project management application with a spreadsheet-like interface to help teams collaborate, plan projects and manage tasks. The software offers a suite of project management applications, such as document management,... Read More
 
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On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential... Read More
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On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential... Read More
 
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Viewpoint Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating capabilities... Read More
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Viewpoint Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating capabilities... Read More
 
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JOBPOWER is an integrated construction accounting management system. JOBPOWER includes accounting, detailed job costing, construction oriented billing, payroll by job, and many additional features designed for contractors. JOBPOWER... Read More
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JOBPOWER is an integrated construction accounting management system. JOBPOWER includes accounting, detailed job costing, construction oriented billing, payroll by job, and many additional features designed for contractors. JOBPOWER... Read More
 
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More

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Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management capabilities... Read More
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Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management capabilities... Read More
 
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and midsize contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premise or in the cloud, the solution enables... Read More
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and midsize contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premise or in the cloud, the solution enables... Read More
 
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PlanGrid is construction management solution built for general contractors, specialty contractors, design teams and owners. PlanGrid provides project teams with access to all project drawings and all related documents including specifications,... Read More
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PlanGrid is construction management solution built for general contractors, specialty contractors, design teams and owners. PlanGrid provides project teams with access to all project drawings and all related documents including specifications,... Read More
 
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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... Read More
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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... Read More
 
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Jonas Premier is a true cloud, all in one accounting, job cost, project, document and drawing management solution, specifically designed to meet the needs of General Contractors, Land Developers, and Homebuilders. The cloud-based solution... Read More
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Jonas Premier is a true cloud, all in one accounting, job cost, project, document and drawing management solution, specifically designed to meet the needs of General Contractors, Land Developers, and Homebuilders. The cloud-based solution... Read More

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UDA ConstructionSuite offered by UDA Technologies provides a comprehensive solution to meet the needs of builders, remodelers, GCs, construction managers and real estate developers. UDA ConstructionSuite combines construction estimating... Read More
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UDA ConstructionSuite offered by UDA Technologies provides a comprehensive solution to meet the needs of builders, remodelers, GCs, construction managers and real estate developers. UDA ConstructionSuite combines construction estimating... Read More
 
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Ventus is a cloud-based construction and service management solution for businesses of all sizes. It’s suitable for general contractors, plumbers, electricians, home builders, communication providers and more. Primary features include... Read More
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Ventus is a cloud-based construction and service management solution for businesses of all sizes. It’s suitable for general contractors, plumbers, electricians, home builders, communication providers and more. Primary features include... Read More
 
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Spectrum Construction Software provides complete construction management, combining accounting, job cost and project management software in one cloud-based application.  Spectrum offers full-featured accounting, document management,... Read More
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Spectrum Construction Software provides complete construction management, combining accounting, job cost and project management software in one cloud-based application.  Spectrum offers full-featured accounting, document management,... Read More
 
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Superintendent's Automated Manager (SAM) by Automated Trackers is a construction scheduling software for construction firms of any size. It can be deployed either on-premises or hosted in the cloud, and is suitable for trades like... Read More
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Superintendent's Automated Manager (SAM) by Automated Trackers is a construction scheduling software for construction firms of any size. It can be deployed either on-premises or hosted in the cloud, and is suitable for trades like... Read More
 
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Maestro is the flagship product of Maestro Technologies, a Canadian-based software company that has been in the construction software industry for the last 20 years. Their solution has helped over 2,000 customers manage construction... Read More
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Maestro is the flagship product of Maestro Technologies, a Canadian-based software company that has been in the construction software industry for the last 20 years. Their solution has helped over 2,000 customers manage construction... Read More

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Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: September 20, 2017


When it comes to home building projects, general contractors are the face that everyone wants time in front of. “Everyone” in this scenario primarily includes the customers paying for the build (i.e., future owners of the home, realtors or maybe even a property agency) as well as the many numerous subcontractors hired to execute on their specialties.

With all these people fighting for time, a general contractor needs some organization and automations to fall back on. This is where home building software comes onto the scene. Home building software systems offer general contractors newfound efficiencies around every facet of their operation. They collect and provide easily accessible data for general contractors to reference. The systems also enable contractors to mandate standard processes for all subcontractors and customers to follow.

We have dozens of home builder construction software offerings listed on our site for you to explore. Take some time to check out our user-generated reviews to get a sense of how the various systems have performed for your peers. And keep in mind the wide variance of the product capabilities, ranging from less expensive resident-specific software all the way up to enterprise-level construction manage systems.

All the decisions you’ll face when choosing your system can seem like a tall task, but it’s not that bad. We’ve created this buyer’s guide for you to reference when making your selection. It should ease the selection process and help you make the best decision for you and your construction company.

Here’s what we'll cover in this guide:

What Is Home Builder Construction Software?
Common Features of Home Builder Construction Software
Evaluating Home Builder Construction Software

What Is Homebuilder Construction Software?

As alluded to above, general contractors on a home build job typically rely on subcontractors to complete specialized tasks. This often ends up with the home builder having to collect, monitor and store invoices, purchase orders and other important communications. They have to do all this while also monitoring the status and progress of all their jobs and those of their subs.

Screenshot of Jonas Enterprise user dashboard

Screenshot of Jonas Enterprise user dashboard

With all these management requirements, many contractors building a house typically require a complete construction management software system that can manage every aspect of the building process. At a very high level, these construction management systems offer core features:

  • Project scheduling: Put together a formal, high-level outline of when benchmark tasks need to be completed by. Set payable hours and manage job site personnel and activity.
  • Project management: Monitor each facet of the job to ensure all tasks are moving along in accordance with the schedule. Determine process efficiencies to shave off tasks/time.
  • Customer management: Collect and store valuable customer information for future reference and analysis. Automate messaging in accordance with major updates.
  • Service management: Manage the nitty gritty, day-to-day activities of the boots on the ground. Keep track of parts, tools, equipment and employees on the clock.

With these highly beneficial features, you can see how the need for a fully equipped construction management system will often be the most effective solution for residential general contractors. Keep in mind though that this is not the only choice home builders have.

Many top construction software vendors concentrate on one type of application. These specific software offerings are known as best-of-breed or standalone systems and can be a great fit for a home builder in need of a cost effective system to complete just one or two specific functions.

Common Features of Home Builder Construction Software

Home builders need most of the standard features that come with top rated construction management software, but as you’re looking there are a few features for home builders to consider:

Job bidding and proposal generator Most home builder construction systems have the ability to quickly generate bids and proposals. These can be used to send to prospective customers to win new jobs, or to current customers regarding new projects or subcontractor estimates for existing priorities.
Specialized job costing and invoicing One of the key features for home builder construction software is the inclusion of job costing data to improve estimating accuracy and make billing more efficient. A construction system that isn’t geared toward home building—or worse, a generic accounting system—won’t have anywhere near the same level of functionality.
Link to vendors and subcontractors Many systems will allow the user to link directly into vendor purchasing or subcontractor scheduling systems. This can expedite project/inventory management and scheduling. A system geared toward the home builder market will focus its materials in that area.
Critical path method scheduling Home building involves hundreds of individual tasks. Most of these have some degree of flexibility in terms of when they are executed, but all of them must be completed within a certain timeframe in order to keep from extending past deadline. Critical path method is a project modeling algorithm that’s specifically designed to solve these kinds of scheduling dependencies, so some home builder construction programs use this method to support the user in scheduling tasks and subcontractors.

Evaluating Homebuilder Construction Software

There are dozens of home builder programs for the construction market. In fact, several companies make multiple products for this one niche. Selecting the right one can be a daunting task, but as with any software, start by assessing your needs. An integrated suite will combine accounting, project management, scheduling and home builder CRM, but you may need just one or two of these capabilities. Residential remodelers have specialized needs within this industry, so they should choose a dedicated residential remodeling system.

Specific questions to ask when selecting home builder construction software include:

  • What size is your company? Most home builder construction programs are geared toward companies of a certain size, so this should be one of the first things to match when evaluating a program.
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  • What features do you need?
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  • Do you want an on-premise, client/server-based deployment or is your organization interested in exploring web-based deployment opportunities?
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  • How well does the software integrate with your existing accounting, CRM, ordering or other systems?

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