9 Factors to Consider When Choosing Construction Management Software
Has someone ever said to you, “Work smarter, not harder”?
If you’re a custom home builder or remodeler, construction management software is necessary to help you save time, win more work and maximize profits.
If you’re searching for the right construction management software solution or assessing your current one, here are nine factors to consider.
1. Speed matters, but not at the expense of accuracy.
To be a successful custom home builder or remodeler, estimates need to be accurate and quickly delivered to customers. Speed, accuracy and efficiency are a reflection of your business and can weigh on the customer’s decision, and cost estimating software will help you achieve each of these three things.
2. Don’t wing it. Have a structured process.
A home builder has many options when completing an estimate. An all-in-one, simple-to-use cost estimating software can ease your estimating burdens. Use estimate checklists to ensure every detail is accounted for, and reuse them across all of your estimates.
Find a software solution that helps you factor in variables like the weather, site layout and others, to ensure your construction project’s estimate is as accurate as possible. You end up making money instead of losing it.
3. Trust software to take care of complex calculations.
Like part of the famous proverb said, “To err is human.” Construction estimates require complex math formulas that are impossible to do in your head. Manual takeoffs risk human error that can impact your profitability.
There is software available equipped for that reason alone. Once you land on software that suits your business, rest assured that your calculations are accurate and your estimates will drive revenue.
4. Build off of custom templates
Work smarter and not harder. Most estimating software solutions help you do a better job by using custom templates. Build off estimates you created and use them for future projects.
5. Accounting software integration? Yes, please!
Likely, you’re already using accounting software to streamline your financials and invoicing. Don’t ditch it! Instead, find construction management software that integrates with accounting software like Quickbooks and Xero.
6. Access on the go
We are a mobile society, so it is vital to access software from anywhere. Give yourself the freedom to work on your time and wherever the job takes you. It even helps in cases where it might be best to pull up the information with the client to clarify anything that might be a blocker. Access on the go is great to speed up the process to meet deadlines, finish projects on time and make a profit.
7. Pricing that suits your needs
Custom home builders have different needs, so look for a pricing model that suits your business. Just focusing on estimating? Or do you need software that covers everything from start to finish? There’s no need to pay for features that you’re not going to use. Also consider how many users will need access to the software and how this will change as you scale your team.
8. One solution for your end-to-end build
Cancel any other construction technology subscriptions you have. There’s no need to spend on other software solutions. Buildxact is an all-in-one platform that will help you from your first takeoff to the final invoice.
9. Simplicity over complexity
We designed Buildxact specifically for the custom home builder. Buildxact is intuitive and easy to use, allowing you to get started quickly and easily. Buildxact is your partner in construction – a cloud-based solution that helps you work smarter, not harder.