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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
Recent recommendations: 371 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 354 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 192 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 184 recommendations
Contractor Foreman is an integrated cloud-based project management and estimation solution that caters to businesses in the construction industry. Key features include financials and accounting, scheduling and planning, contact management... Read more
Recent recommendations: 183 recommendations
STACK Estimating from STACK Construction Technologies is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes in most trades. With STACK Estimating, users are able to produce bids... Read more
Recent recommendations: 155 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 85 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 69 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 50 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 40 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 27 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 26 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 22 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 18 recommendations
Roots is a cloud-based construction management solution designed for general contractors, government contractors and subcontractors of all sizes. It helps in estimating and work procurement, project management, accounting, progress... Read more
Recent recommendations: 14 recommendations
ProjectStream 365 is a cloud-based integrated project management and job costing solution that caters to businesses across various industries such as construction, project manufacturing and professional services. Key features include... Read more
Recent recommendations: 8 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 7 recommendations
Smartsheet is a work execution platform with a familiar spreadsheet-like interface that helps teams plan, track, and manage projects in real-time. The collaborative platform offers a range of project management tools, such as document... Read more
Recent recommendations: 6 recommendations
Traqspera is a cloud-based construction management solution. Key features include training and certification management, asset management, safety management and time and billing. Traqspera provides a searchable employee management... Read more
Recent recommendations: 6 recommendations
Bridgit is a field service and construction solution that is suitable for a wide variety of project types in residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Bridgit offers a mobile app that can be used by various employees including... Read more
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
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:
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
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:
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.
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.|
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: