Buildertrend vs. GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Buildertrend
Score 6.3 out of 10
N/A
BuilderTrend is a construction management system. It includes functionality for pre-sale, project management, financial management, and customer management processes. It also provides mobile accessibility.
$299
per month
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Score 5.4 out of 10
N/A
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is a construction and estimation software offering from CPR, Inc.N/A
Pricing
BuildertrendGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Editions & Modules
Core
$299
per month
Pro
$499
per month
Premium
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Pricing Offerings
BuildertrendGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPremium package pricing available by quote from the vendor.
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Features
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Construction Project & Field Management
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Ratings
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
5.0
1 Ratings
39% below category average
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User Ratings
BuildertrendGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Likelihood to Recommend
2.9
(8 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildertrendGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Likelihood to Recommend
Buildertrend
Buildertrend was made for a specific industry (building) and so I would recommend it to anyone in that industry, with the exception of Sales and Marketing. But for everything else from the financing to the permitting to the construction and all else, Buildertrend is exactly what our team has used and will ALWAYS use. Even with our decision to use other systems for Sales and Marketing, we have never given one thought to taking Buildertrend out of our process. We will always be with Buildertrend.
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CPR, Inc.
Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is well suited include:
  • Small to medium sized contractor who typically works on small to medium sized projects with limited complexity
  • Contractors who value low prices over full functionality (this software application is very affordably priced)
  • A new contractor or new contracting accounting / finance professional who would appreciate the specific limitations imposed by the software
Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is not well suited include:
  • Larger contractors who think about and price projects in line with typical commercial design and construction
  • Residential projects (the software is much better suited for commercial lease buildouts, for instance)
  • A contractor whose finance department already uses full-suite accounting software
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Pros
Buildertrend
  • Manages in one place - crucial for organization.
  • Professional, across the board it provides companies with a seamlessly organized and flawless presentation - to subs/vendors/owners/etc.
  • Time Saver - you don't have to dig around through files/create templates/flip through your contact binder - it's all there.
  • Practical tools- designed for contractors. You get what you need - period.
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CPR, Inc.
  • Convenient estimating
  • Streamlines the price quotation process
  • Standard cost application
  • Overhead calculation and pplication
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Cons
Buildertrend
  • I think that the CRM component could use some development.
  • I think that tracking "tasks" or "to do's" could use some development.
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CPR, Inc.
  • Only CSI construction cost database data
  • Only works with Microsoft Office (Excel)
  • The online help system has limited functionality
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Usability
Buildertrend
Fantastic usablity. Buildertrend is an amazing tool that offers superior customer service and attention to detail that is unmatched. I will continue to use them for years and I know they will make growing my company a possibility. I highly recommend for companies that want to streamline their business.
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CPR, Inc.
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Support Rating
Buildertrend
I highly recommend. The only suggestion I have would be to offer a free trial. They do offer a 30 day money back guarantee. The price point isn't daunting if you have had a 100 % no strings attached/no effort to cancel or try to remember to get your money back - no strings attached chance to try out the product. Especially for such a big purchase decision, I think Buildertrend would see an incredible increase in sales. They have the value and companies just need a chance to see it first hand.
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CPR, Inc.
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Alternatives Considered
Buildertrend
BuilderTrend allows me to see a full view of all my jobs in one place. I picked it for this reason. I wanted a solution that subcontractors would be able to use without having to do anything except open their email to get the information they needed to get the job done on time. I've made it so simple that everyone I work with wants to use BuilderTrend. In fact, most of the subcontractors I work with have implemented BuilderTrend because they saw how easy my day to day operations are.
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CPR, Inc.
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is cheaper, easier to use, more streamlined and is easily installed and up and running. The flip side to the ease of use is the limited functionality, somewhat outdated cost bucketing profile and general lack of sophistication. The add-in also does not talk with full suite accounting software which requires additional reconciliations if used within a large organization.
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Return on Investment
Buildertrend
  • The prior year cost me roughly $4300, which was barely reasonable for my volume. Some clients liked the format, some hated it and didn't participate. In my experience, few subcontractors or suppliers embraced the program, severely limiting the effectiveness.
  • For the coming year the fees would have exceeded $17,000, far too much for a program with limited client, employee, and subcontractor appeal with as small a volume as I have.
  • Honestly, for the last year, I feel they've been a burning tire hung around my neck and I regret not cancelling them in early 2019, I'd have $10,000 more in my pocket and no significant negative impact.
  • I did appreciate the daily log as a way to report on progress, but less than half my clients made use of this option.
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CPR, Inc.
  • Allows us to quickly bid on small projects
  • Allows us to pay less for accounting / finance professionals
  • Allows us to standardize our cost structure
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