Estimator360 is a cloud-based platform for construction estimating and management. It is suited for smaller construction companies and contractors with a focus on residential projects.
The software performs building calculations and assigns quantity values to estimate assemblies. Suppliers and trade partners can enter and save prices directly in the system's cost database. The system enables suppliers and trade partners to bid on estimates. Users can create, present and award custom proposals, contracts and change orders. The system includes digital signature functionality to manage contracts and other documents.
Estimator360 creates estimates around the user's schedule and includes functionality to manage timesheets for the broader crew, suppliers and trade partners. The system also features a dashboard wtih visual reporting on costs, resources and job progress.
If you are looking for a quick, reliable estimating tool that will connect with Quickbooks, plus handle your scheduling and subcontractor bids at the best price, don't hesitate. Bid4Build has handled everything I wanted and their training and support has always been outstanding. No wonder that they have been around for 25 years and earn such high ratings on several sites. You'll be glad you did!
As a small GC I was overwhelmed with the software choices for estimating ranging from $50-$10,000. Luckily Bid4Build was at the top of many lists and was actually on the lower end at $295. They provided a great video of the product and hands-on demo so I could actually try it without having to sit through an hour+ sales presentation.
After a 1 hour overview that they included with the purchase, extensive help tools and phenominal support, I still struggled getting started. Fortunately they also offer a 1 on 1 training using an actual estimate of mine. Those 2 hours for only $99 where the best part of any software purchase I have ever made. Using an actual project, they guided me through the best methods to build my estimate and provide the jump start that I needed. It was so helpful that I did 2 more over the next few months as I got the estimating down and wanted to learn how I could streamline my process and other tools available like scheduling and writing contracts.
None, they keep improving it all the time and added a new Takeoff product at the end of last year.
Darryl T. Branche: Design
I have owned B4B for years, only to be challenged by the initial learning curve, which caused me to shelve it a few times. But once committed, I have found this product and support to meet all of our demands within the company. The costbooks provided cover every nature of construction from remodeling to heavy commercial construction. We have become quite advanced and have created several costbooks tailored exactly to the multi-state locations that we cover. We are able to produce highly detailed takeoffs that amend the blueprints and act as an instruction manual for our superintendents to efficiently produce the product. The vendor has always promptly responded to our emails and requests, even following up with us before clarifying our own work as we veered off task. The tutorials provide exact explanation to all operations within the software and become quite intuitive. Dedicate the time to learn the software and you will be grateful.
The software requires time before it becomes intuitive, but I believe it is partly due to our method of estimating and the customization required to fit our needs. It is not dummy-proof and requires attention to detail. I have no problems with the vendor, and they have always been responsive and accommodating.
Review the tutorials and spend the trial time concentrating on learning the software. Contact support with any questions for a prompt reply.
Get the program , effective, efficient, and it gets better all the time as I become more familiar with the program.. There is always a oh moment when I discover more. It is a complete project management tool from inception, to production and closure... Data based, and you can upload your logo so printing invoices, pricing or estimates are personnalized. I am going on way to much but if you want to do it right this is the program. Thank you!!!
I have to say, I started a construction consulting company after being in the industry for 17 years and making everyone else money. I bought Bid4 Build to help clients with their bids and run numbers for them. Its a little intense at first but in a few short days of playing around I got it. Plus support like other reviews is SUPER. I had personal calls from Bid 4 Build, they set up training time and even when I get to a point where I may have a question like I did today, I email them and within the hour got a response. Great company. I just started my own construction company and even during this recession Bid4Build is helping me support my family and friends that I employ. I love it. Thank everyone at Bid4Build. plus I got the takeoff live add on and this thing with plan integration is boy I can't tell you how easy it is for me to oneshop stop my bids and get them out. as well there contract, scheduling, exporting ...ITs got it all Bye
William F. Branche: Bau
There is nothing good I can say about this software. It is the most awkward system that I have ever used. Nothing is intuitive. It takes many unnecessary steps to achieve meaningful results. The interface reminds me of the DOS days. I wasted money on the Bid4Build estimating system and the takeoff module. I have abandoned both, as they are more trouble than they are worth. I have reverted back to an Excel spreadsheet and a much more efficient digital takeoff program. If you value your time, don't invest in this program.
There is nothing that I like about this product. It is the most ungainly software that I have every used. I have experience with high end estimating software Quest/Maxwell to low end (the free software that comes with the Craftsman databases).
Scrap these programs and start over. A new totally new interface is needed. The concept of working with Craftsman databases is good, but executing is poor.
Jeff T. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 2-10 Mitarbeiter
These guys are great! They're doing what every program out there should've been doing all along. They are taking cost code data in time (hr) format to automatically generate a production schedule on a calendar so you can visually see what should be happening and when. This allows human resource allocation to be much more efficient which of course saves money! This to me has been something I've searched hi and low for and promises have been made by other companies but none have delivered until now.
Customer service is top notch, need something answered? They're on it within minutes. They have years in the industry both on the computing side and actually running their own construction companies, not to mention their programmer is a coding ninja! I had an issue where I needed a certain feature and they put it into the program within minutes just for me, that's customer service!
You can upload blueprints or your own chicken scratch drawings into the program, it doesn't matter as you can do takeoffs quite easily once you input a few simple dimensions. Gone are the days where I need to point and click a million different points on a blueprint to get accurate quantity takeoffs. Sometimes my projects simply don't have blueprints as in the case with a simple interior remodel where none are required.
They still have work to do and they have some great plans for very useful features such as quickbooks integration, crm, etc. which makes this the perfect time to jump on board as they take requests for features very seriously. I highly recommend this program to get and keep your company organized and profitable.
Automatic scheduling based off cost data
Different approach to quantity take off
Still work in progress