7 Construction Management Software Options for Home Builders

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According to a recent survey called “2014 State of the Smart Home,” Icontrol found that more than half (53%) of its respondents believe that “a singular remote that controls everything in the home will be the norm in the next 10 years.”

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Should these respondents’ predictions come true, homebuilding is about to get a whole lot more tailored to the final consumer and a lot more complicated between construction contractors.

Luckily, construction management software offers builders an integrated solution that promotes efficiency, communication, and accuracy. Holistic solutions—construction management software that offers accounting, project management, and document management all in one system—can unfortunately cost a pretty penny.

That’s why I’ve weathered the gamut of construction management software options and narrowed down some of the best-bang-for-your-buck software options for home builders available, listed alphabetically.

BuildLinks

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This cloud-based construction management software is both business intelligent and also a powerful tool for communication. Different players in a construction project have different entry points into the system—they customize permissions for builders, trade partners, and homebuyers. BuildLinks makes it easy to complete common accounting functions like bid forms, make a task-based project management solution for each project, and communicate efficiently with subcontractors on each new home.

System(s): Cloud based

Coolest feature: BuildLinks allows contractors to “score” subcontractors and their bids, so business decisions can be made quantitatively for each job that needs to be done.

BuildTools

Home Builders Software

Capitalizing on the National Association of Home Builders’ 20 Clubs, BuildTools is constantly updating its software to match what the nation’s most elite home builders want from their residential software. Best known for its scheduling capabilities, BuildTools is a complete solution for your entire construction management operations. Construction managers can rely on this software from the start to finish of any home project, while also using BuildTools’s QuickBooks integration to keep their finances in check.

System(s): Cloud based; iPhone and iPad Document Apps

Coolest features: Construction managers can use BuildTools’s scheduling feature to communicate meetings, deadlines, and updates to subcontractors and homeowners. Also offers a portal for subcontractors and homeowners.

Price: The first month is $99; after that, their price ranges from $149 to $349, varying only by the number of users and storage space.

BuilderTREND

Home Builders Software

BuilderTREND has been named a Constructech Top Product over the past seven years—and for good reason. BuilderTREND covers a job from before it’s a project at pre-sale, provides project management solutions to make sure the job is done as efficiently as possible, and even offers a system for clients to login and submit payment or approve change orders. It has an innumerable amount of awesome features and definitely has the potential to make any picky construction manager happy.

System(s): Cloud based; Android, iPad, and iPhone apps

Coolest features: Mobile clock-in and out, integration with major software like Quickbooks, Houzz, and Paypal, and a dedicated account manager for all of your customer service needs.

Price: One project and unlimited file storage, users, and support for $99/mo. BuilderTREND offers a sliding scale as builders add more projects.

BuildSoft Pro

Home Builders Software

BuildSoft Pro is a powerful construction accounting and project management software solution for small to medium home builders and remodelers. Use this product to keep track of your invoices, manage your payroll, create custom job costing, and produce accurate estimates for clients. BuildSoft Pro also offers a powerful project management feature that automatically updates your schedule as the project moves from the beginning to completion.

System(s): Windows (installed)

Coolest features: Users can create a “master job,” so construction managers can make a template for future similar jobs.

CoConstruct

CoConstruct also made the list for Constructech’s Top Product in 2015. Reviewers regularly note that CoConstruct makes their building processes “more efficient,” more “pleasant for clients,” and has helped builders get “ahead of schedule and selling more.” Of course, it’s CoConstruct’s host of features that leaves builders so impressed—from offering task lists for subcontractors to customized branding and marketing for your construction business, CoConstruct offers the tools to make the most out of any home building job.

System(s): Cloud based; Android, iPad, and iPhone apps

Coolest features: Clients can take and send pictures, make design choices, and submit queries through the app.

Price: Starts at $99/mo.

IHMS

Home Builders Software

Integrated Homebuilder Management System, or IHMS, is an integrated database system designed specifically for residential contractors. For construction managers looking for a solution that improves communication across teams—subcontractors, sales, and design especially—IHMS is a great system dedicated to streamlining your communication system. IHMS also offers a powerful executive dashboard that provides tools to manage profitability and financial reporting for construction business owners.

System(s): Cloud based; iPad and iPhone apps

Coolest features: Clients can take and send pictures, make design choices, and submit queries through the app

UDA ConstructionSuite Residential

UDA ConstructionSuite

If you’re looking for on-site software, UDA ConstructionSuite Residential is one of the best-value construction software options out there. Named a Top Product by Construction Executive in 2015, UDA ConstructionSuite offers an estimating to bidding to building to closing product. Its powerful document and customer relationship management features moves the product beyond construction project management to a broader construction business management software system.

System(s): Windows (installed)

Coolest features: UDA merges everything from a general calendar, to insurance tracking, to summary reports, to customer relationship, taking this product a step beyond traditional construction project management software.

Price: Scales with features; the Standard version starts at a flat $399 for download.

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Are there affordable and awesome construction management software options for home builders that I missed? What is your preferred product? Leave your thoughts and comments in the comments below!

Looking for Construction Management software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Construction Management software solutions.

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Rachel Burger

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Rachel is a former Capterra analyst who covered project management.

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Hey Rachel,

Great article! You definitely have great insight into construction and project management software. I’m wondering if could give you a behind the scenes look at what we are doing with the Buildaga Construction Mobile App before we launch this July?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks,

John Cope
John.Cope@EpicOtter.com

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Great post, as builders ourselves we have used some of those apps but use now instead Geniebelt. Its definitely worth a look for an easy to use, quick to setup project management app for builds of all sizes.

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Nice tools. Thank you!!!

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this technology for the home contractors would help them to come up with different innovative idea for the unique home design

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Nice tools .really helpful for me am using those tools.

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These tools make really useful for constructing top products.thanks for sharing.

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UDA Constructionsuite has been perfect for my EPC projects ($100k AUD – $10M AUD). The guys and girls are very responsive and the software is absolute VFM!

Greg
Australia

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very helpful post ill use these software tools

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I am expanding my home contractor to next level and i found these post very helpful. I will give a try to these software.

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