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Autodesk Construction Cloud brings together best-of-breed solutions to unite office and field teams from design to planning, construction to operations to help make construction more predictable, safe and sustainable. No aspect of... Read more
Recent recommendations: 503 recommendations
Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors, and general contractors. This solution combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management... Read more
Recent recommendations: 248 recommendations
CoConstruct is a construction project management software that provides custom home builders and remodelers with tools for managing projects, financials and clients. It allows users to sync data from estimates, specifications, selections,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 155 recommendations
Houzz Pro is a lead and project management solution designed for businesses in the home remodeling and design industries. Houzz Pro is able to streamline processes for businesses of all size by centralizing all business needs into... Read more
Recent recommendations: 141 recommendations
UDA Technologies’ ConstructionOnline offers a web-based, integrated approach to project management, project scheduling, and customer management. Designed for emerging construction businesses in the homebuilding and remodeling industries,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 93 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: 72 recommendations
Procore manages your projects, resources and financials from project planning to closeout. The platform connects every project contributor with the owner and general or specialty contractor. The centralized dashboard allows managers... Read more
Recent recommendations: 71 recommendations
STACK Estimating is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes and all trades. STACK users can quickly and easily upload digital plans and complete takeoffs using the software.... Read more
Recent recommendations: 67 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: 42 recommendations
BuildTools is designed specifically for custom home builders and remodelers and is best-suited for smaller operations. BuildTools helps manage bidding, monitor project budgets, track warranties and submit change orders. Read more
Recent recommendations: 39 recommendations
Acumatica Construction Edition is true cloud construction and accounting software that provides office and field teams real-time data including job costing, change orders, project management, dashboards and more. With field and office... Read more
Recent recommendations: 33 recommendations
In addition to subcontractors and commercial GCs, homebuilders and residential remodelers are a strong segment for ComputerEase. The company focuses on builders doing more than $1 million in annual construction volume. Read more
Recent recommendations: 32 recommendations
Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on the needs of small to midsize construction companies, including general contractors, service or specialty contractors, and home builders. A great fit for construction... Read more
Recent recommendations: 29 recommendations
Horizon Site Pro is a project management software designed for small to medium-sized construction businesses. It is suitable for contractors in renovation, landscaping, and other trades. Horizon Site Pro is designed to help businesses... Read more
Recent recommendations: 24 recommendations
Sage Estimating, the most widely used cost estimating solution in the construction industry, is more than just software. Together with an experienced partner network, Sage extends our estimating offering to include integrated BIM,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 17 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: 12 recommendations
Premier Construction Software 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... Read more
Recent recommendations: 10 recommendations
For more than 30 years, successful projects around the world have relied on Oracle’s Primavera solutions to plan, build, and operate critical assets. It is the only solution that integrates project and portfolio planning and delivery... Read more
Recent recommendations: 6 recommendations
Contractors Software Group (CSG) offers three series of integrated but modular CRM, estimating, scheduling and job cost accounting applications that can be installed on-premise or be hosted in the cloud on a monthly basis. They include... Read more
Recent recommendations: 5 recommendations
Abio is enterprise construction management software with complete Canadian payroll management and full union support. Built specifically for the construction industry, Abio’s cloud ERP software and mobile app are easy to navigate,... 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:
- 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.
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.
- What features do you need?
- Do you want an on-premise, client/server-based deployment or is your organization interested in exploring web-based deployment opportunities?
- How well does the software integrate with your existing accounting, CRM, ordering or other systems?