Construction Management Software is designed to control a project’s cost, schedule, and quality. The main benefits are improved accountability, financial visibility, and improved collaboration.
We recognize there are dozens of viable solutions available, and it would be too big an undertaking to attempt to highlight them all here. We have therefore selected five popular solutions as a place to begin your due diligence.
Software Options & Features
BuilderTrend includes an integral customer relationship management (CRM) system, bid requests, and project proposals. Project management tools include scheduling, budgeting, and timesheets while customer management tools include change order and selection management, warranty requests, and payment processing. This software also exports to solutions such as QuickBooks and Xero.
Houzz Pro’s key features include project management, as well as lead management with client dashboards. In addition, the solution includes an integrated online payment system, mood boards for projects, and white labeling for communications. The software provides construction professionals the tools to manage clients and track progress for any project, from estimation to execution.
CoConstruct is a construction project management software that offers custom home builders and remodelers a set of tools for managing projects, financials, and clients. It allows users to synchronize data from estimates, specifications, selections, bids, change orders, and budgets with QuickBooks on their desktop or online. Builders can also manage their projects in the field using the mobile app.
Striven is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution with features for accounting, inventory management, human resources, customer relationship management (CRM), and project management. The solution also contains business management tools including a company hub, calendar integration, an internal newsfeed with social media integration, dynamic feedback tools, external action triggers, dashboard customization, a resource navigator, and custom reporting. It also has tools for field service management, surveying, business analytics, and supports integrations with Google, Microsoft, Authorize.Net, Yodlee, and ShipStation.
Contractor Foreman is the most affordable all-in-one solution for small and medium trade and general contractors starting at $49 a month for the entire company. Rated as a Top App and Best Value, it easily integrates with QuickBooks. You can use it on the phone, tablet, or computer. The solution integrates timecards, estimates, online payments, daily Logs, and scheduling.
No matter which software solution you choose, you will want to ensure the solution can integrate and transfer data between four critical applications:
- Takeoff is a pre-sale process in which the estimator measures construction plans to determine the number of materials and labor required for a job.
- Estimating used to calculate the costs for the material and labor takeoff, and then produce detailed bid proposals from those estimates.
- Bid management used by a contractor to solicit bids from subcontractors and suppliers before submitting a job quote to a building owner.
- Accounting helps firms manage their job costing, core accounting, fixed asset accounting, and payroll.
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