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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 manag...Read more
Contractor's Office from PrioSoft is an on-premise construction estimating software capable of handling the needs of contractors across a variety of industries include paving, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, concrete, general contract...Read more
Clear Estimates is a construction estimating system for remodelers and contractors which allows them to create estimates, produce bid requests, draft proposals, manage customers and more. It integrates with QuickBooks and allows u...Read more
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MarkSystems is a single-database enterprise resource management (ERP) and information management application for homebuilders and property developers. The solution offers a cloud-based system that integrates all functions, process...Read more
JetStream is a cloud-based construction solution for small businesses that provides users with tools to manage constructions projects. The customer portal keeps homeowners up-to-speed on project changes and developments. The solut...Read more
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, sel...Read more
Ready to level up your business ? ?? JobNimbus is a CRM and contractor management solution suitable for home service companies. Manage your contacts, tasks, and projects from start to finish along with detailed reporting capabilit...Read more
A great fit for those who specialize in plumbing, TurboBid Estimating Software delivers powerful estimating functionality in a user-friendly package. The've recently added new items and assemblies to their master database. ...Read more
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...Read more
Hyphen HomeFront is an on-premise construction management solution designed for custom, semi-custom and production builders. It offers takeoff, estimating, bid management, project management and customer management functionalities...Read more
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 indu...Read more
BrickControl is a web software in the cloud that helps you manage your construction projects in a very powerful and simple way.
BrickControl allows you to create estimates with the necessary structure (levels, tasks and resource...Read more
Improveit 360 is the leading enterprise business management platform for home residential remodelers, replacement contractors, and specialty home pros. This fully customizable, Salesforced-based CRM was designed specifically for t...Read more
Candy helps businesses in the construction industry manage project pricing and planning, quantity take-off, and controlling at the site level. Key features include bid management, a building product database, quote management, sch...Read more
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 sof...Read more
Measure Square offers a complete suite of measure estimating software solutions across various trades including Flooring, Tiling, and Granite/Stone for commercial and multi-family contractors, retailers, home builders, installers,...Read more
JOBPROGRESS is a cloud-based construction management solution for residential remodeling contractors. The solution works with small businesses and can be customized as per the needs of an organization. It offers estimating, projec...Read more
Tradify is a cloud-based construction and field service solution for energy, electrical, construction and plumbing companies. Primary features include online job management, scheduling, quoting, invoicing, materials tracking and r...Read more
Fifty percent of specialty contractors are looking to automate takeoff and estimating functions, according to data collected for our 2018 construction software buyer report.
These firms are investing in software because it's taking too long to put together bid proposals and they're losing jobs to their faster competition.
Depending on the job, it can take anywhere from four hours to three days to put together a bid using manual methods. But when using takeoff and estimating software, a bid can be put together in a fraction of that time—often an hour or less.
It's clear why so many speciality contractors are looking to automate these functions. However, most speciality contractors will want a solution geared toward their specific trade, e.g., electrical or HVAC, rather than general purpose.
In this guide, we cover the needs of flooring contractors and outline what they should look for—and look out for—as they compare flooring estimating software.
General estimating software can be used for flooring estimates, but most flooring contractors will want tools designed for their trade. This will save time because the software is already customized to their workflows and needs.
For example, trade-specific software will allow flooring contractors to account for doors, stairs and baseboards; define add-ons such as carpet pads, nail strips or adhesive; and create custom tile patterns.
The system then uses that information to create layout grids and add seams on carpet rolls or place cuts on hardwood flooring. Contractors can even rotate the grid to get a better view and ensure coverage if an area is curved or irregular. These capabilities help to minimize waste.
Additionally, using software to perform takeoff and estimating means that plans, material and labor counts, as well as corresponding costs, are centralized. If plans evolve or changes are requested during negotiations, flooring contractors can easily revise and recalculate costs on the spot, then give an accurate update to owners, thus improving communication between all parties.
Common Features of Flooring Estimating Software
Look for some or all of the following capabilities as you evaluate flooring estimating solutions:
Calculate cost estimate
Calculate total cost of the job and view itemized costs for material and labor. Include fees for takes, overhead and markup for profit (adjust markup to offer discounts, account for change orders etc. to ensure quote is both competitive and profitable).
Create professional looking bid proposals. Quote with detailed data about job costs. Customize with your company logo and branding.
Trade-specific cost and material database
Access trade-specific databases of common materials and associated labor costs to auto-fill pricing for hardwood, carpet, tile etc. Access specialty material assemblies from the manufacturer.
Choose from prebuilt assemblies for standard jobs, or customize and save assemblies in a library for future projects.
Automates labor and material costs based on calculations imported from takeoff. Import digital plans or use digitizer tools to draw the floor plan, select area for material and calculate labor.
Benefits of Flooring Estimating Software
As mentioned throughout, there are many advantages to using flooring estimating software to create bid proposals. However, here is a recap of the most significant benefits:
Improve efficiency. Decrease the time required to produce a bid and increase the accuracy of the estimate. Automated estimating software helps flooring contractors avoid under or over bidding on a job.
Minimize waste. Control cut and seam placement, which allows for the most efficient use of materials per square footage, especially for irregular floor plans. Contractors can save material assemblies which can be used to quote similar jobs in the future.
Control profit margin. Automatic calculations for unit pricing and markups on labor and materials show you how job costs will impact your bottom line. This allows flooring contractors to confidently create change orders, offer discounts and account for material cost increases, all while ensuring they still come out making a profit.
Reduce rework. More accurate takeoff and estimates reduces the likelihood of rework. The total cost of rework is significant, with direct and indirect costs accounting for nearly 10 percent of total project costs. So it's in the best interest of contractors to take advantage of technology that can help mitigate the impact of rework on a job.
Pricing and Purchasing Options
The cost of estimating software can vary drastically, especially between subscription and perpetual licenses. Although, research has shown that the total cost of ownership does eventually converge between the two.
Total Cost of Ownership: On-premise vs. Cloud-based Systems
Of those looking for cloud-based, subscription license software, the greatest percentage are budgeting $150 per user per month. This means that for two to five users, they're planning an annual spend ranging from $3,600 to $9,000 (not including costs associated with setup, maintenance, support etc.).
Of those looking for on-premise, perpetual license software, the greatest percentage combined are budgeting $5,000 or more per user license. This means that for two to five users, their upfront costs would range from $10,000 to $25,000.