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Likelihood to Recommend

BuilderTrend

I believe for anyone with residential remodeling or new home construction projects, BuilderTrend is the best software application I've found that keeps customers and subcontractors informed and keeps almost all of your project information organized in one location
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Sage Estimating

Sage Estimating was initially created for the construction industry and many of its current users use it to estimate buildings, but it has adapted quite well for the oil and gas industry. If the user is willing to invest the time and energy to develop and maintain their database, I can see it working for any industry.It is very easy to adjust and adapt the database as estimating methods and project designs change. As an example, our accounting department sometimes changes the way projects are reporting in our accounting software. Because I can go through our 9000 line item database in a couple of days, I am always ahead of the curve and can report my estimates in the format they require.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

BuilderTrend
9.1
Sage Estimating
Plan distribution & viewing
BuilderTrend
9.7
Sage Estimating
Plan markups & sharing
BuilderTrend
9.3
Sage Estimating
Issue tracking & punchlists
BuilderTrend
8.3
Sage Estimating
Photo documentation
BuilderTrend
9.7
Sage Estimating
Jobsite reports
BuilderTrend
9.0
Sage Estimating
Document sharing
BuilderTrend
9.3
Sage Estimating
RFI tools
BuilderTrend
9.3
Sage Estimating
Collaboration & approvals
BuilderTrend
8.8
Sage Estimating
As-built drawings
BuilderTrend
8.3
Sage Estimating
Mobile app
BuilderTrend
8.8
Sage Estimating
Submittal design and management
BuilderTrend
9.3
Sage Estimating

Estimating

BuilderTrend
7.7
Sage Estimating
Takeoff tools
BuilderTrend
9.5
Sage Estimating
Job costing
BuilderTrend
7.4
Sage Estimating
Cost databases
BuilderTrend
7.4
Sage Estimating
Cost calculator
BuilderTrend
7.4
Sage Estimating
Bid creation
BuilderTrend
7.0
Sage Estimating

Pros

BuilderTrend

  • The subcontractor PO management area makes managing the scope of work and payments for each subcontractor extremely easy and is well organized.
  • The material selections section also greatly simplifies and organizes a somewhat challenging aspect of remodeling.
  • The ability for customers to view the total project cost and make payments online is a major time saver and improves our cashflow.
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Sage Estimating

  • Assemblies & Models are one of the strongest features of Sage Estimating. They take the software far beyond what simple templates can accomplish. The assemblies that the user creates are always up to date with the latest data in the database. They allow you to take off huge amounts of material & labor quickly, giving you the time to focus on analyzing the estimate.
  • The WBS (work breakdown structure) gives the user the ability to sort data in a large variety of ways. Using multiple WBS fields the user can view the estimate in a variety of different ways, allowing for a more complete review.
  • The Sage Helpdesk is always helpful and efficient. They are usually able to resolve any issues in a timely manner. And once the software is up and running properly, it requires very little maintenance.
  • The software works well with Crystal Reports. The user can attach multiple Crystal Reports to the Reports Menu for ease of access. Sage Estimating comes with its own Crystal Report application. The user can use this to create custom reports.
  • The latest SQL version of Sage Estimating represents a welcome step forward from Sage. It is more secure and stable than the older Pervasive version. It allows for the assigning of different roles to the estimators in the organizations, such as admin, Sr Estimator, Jr Estimator. The user can even define their own roles.
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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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Sage Estimating

  • While the SQL version may represent a step forward from Sage, it is a recent release and still has a few bugs in it. (I’ve contacted Sage with the issues I’ve found and hopefully they are working to resolve them.) For instance, I've found a bug where the Notes column prints twice when I run a report. However there is a simple workaround for this.
  • Though the database contains lots of user fields, it lacks the ability to add custom fields to the database. For instance, a weight field added to the material portion of the database would be very useful.
  • The Sage Helpdesk is always helpful unless they have not encountered the error before. In which case, they struggle a bit.
  • The software works with Crystal Reports, but the Sage helpdesk doesn’t support Crystal Report. I have an issue with my reports latching onto data from old estimates and not letting go. I have developed a work around for this, but it is still a bug that needs to be addressed.
  • I would also like the menus to be customizable.
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Likelihood to Renew

BuilderTrend

No score
No answers yet
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Sage Estimating

Sage Estimating 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a good product and meets all of our needs
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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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Sage Estimating

I have also extensive experience using spreadsheets to estimate projects. I still use spreadsheets to support my estimates. Spreadsheets are very flexible and can be adjusted to show the estimate in an endless variety of ways. However, spreadsheets suffer from one serious defect which Sage Estimating does not. At any time a formula can be broken. One missing formula can compromise an entire estimate. The formulas are built into Sage Estimating, so this is not an issue.
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Return on Investment

BuilderTrend

  • It's been well worth the money and probably saves me at least one full-time person in the office every year.
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Sage Estimating

  • Sage Estimating software is superior in almost every way to using spreadsheets. I have used both methods to estimate projects and much prefer estimating software. Using this software I can estimate an entire compressor station in under an hour. It literally takes seconds to generate the estimate; and then I spend the rest of the time adjusting and reviewing it. This saves hours of time and allows me to produce hundreds of estimates a year.
  • We maintain a high level of accuracy by using Sage Estimating. While there are always outliers, most of our estimates fall well within the accuracy range of the class of estimate we produce. (Our accuracy ranges are based on AACEI guidelines.) Overall, our projects generally fall within +/- 5% of the budget.
  • The accuracy and quality of the estimate is only as good as the time and energy invested in maintaining the database. The database requires quite a bit of maintenance in order to keep it accurate. I spend perhaps 10% of my time working with the data.
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Pricing Details

BuilderTrend

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Sage Estimating

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

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