BuildTopia vs. Contractor Foreman

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BuildTopia
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems headquartered in Markham offers BuildTopia, an integrated residential construction managment platform providing scheduling & estimating, sales management and CRM, accounting, and BI.N/A
Contractor Foreman
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
Contractor Foreman is an online construction management software for contractors and boasts users among contractors in more than 75 countries.
$588
per year
Pricing
BuildTopiaContractor Foreman
Editions & Modules
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Basic
$588
per year
Standard
$948
per year
Plus
$1,497
per year
Pro
$1,990
per year
Unlimited
$2,988
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildTopiaContractor Foreman
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPlans are based on features and licenses needed. Plus, Pro, and Unlimited plans include a 100-day money back guarantee.
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Community Pulse
BuildTopiaContractor Foreman
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
BuildTopiaContractor Foreman
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildTopia
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
7.8
17 Ratings
1% above category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings7.53 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings9.117 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.83 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings7.43 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings8.43 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings6.45 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildTopia
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
6.6
4 Ratings
13% below category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings6.54 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings4.51 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings6.63 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings6.72 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildTopia
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
7.6
2 Ratings
0% above category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.62 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
BuildTopia
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
8.9
24 Ratings
10% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings9.123 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings8.923 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings8.821 Ratings
Data exportability00 Ratings8.920 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildTopia
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
8.9
25 Ratings
18% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings9.115 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings9.723 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings9.525 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings9.919 Ratings
Document sharing00 Ratings9.222 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings9.217 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings9.120 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings8.525 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings9.314 Ratings
Checklists00 Ratings9.323 Ratings
Meeting Minutes00 Ratings8.13 Ratings
Specifications00 Ratings7.54 Ratings
Change orders00 Ratings9.223 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
BuildTopia
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
9.2
23 Ratings
12% above category average
Takeoff tools00 Ratings7.62 Ratings
Job costing00 Ratings9.522 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings9.418 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings9.719 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings9.720 Ratings
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User Ratings
BuildTopiaContractor Foreman
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.3
(28 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildTopiaContractor Foreman
Likelihood to Recommend
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
BuildTopia is ideal for bringing all components of the sales and construction process together for any homebuilder. If you're looking for a platform that also incorporates a robust CRM component, which is key for strong sales efforts, you'll likely need to utilize another platform in conjunction with BT for the best results
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Contractor Foreman
In this case, CF is the best of the 'OK so far' category in my mind. NONE of the software available today gets close to a truly effective, user friendly GUI and functionality set. I have used 7 different systems over the years, with the top 4 big names having the largest hours operating. Most have less functionality, others are severely overpriced and under featured. Still others are so complicated you need an entire IT department to implement them. Contractor Foreman does much of what it does the absolute best for the money, meaning this is probably the best value for construction management software I'm aware of. I believe I can say with confidence, that if CF does it, it strives to do it well, and continues to strive to get it better. Picking a feature or two that excels is rather pointless in a company with that outlook. THAT is a company I can get behind...
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Pros
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
  • BuildTopia excels at contract management. Every part of the contract process is able to be managed electronically from initial signing to closing, and can even handle more special cases like contingencies.
  • BuildTopia manages all of our construction efforts well. All of our floorplans are pre-build in the system, so all we have to do is go in an build out the construction schedule from a pre-made template, and make any alterations from there.
  • The selections process is always a headache, but BuildTopia makes it pretty painless. Everything is loaded right in to the system while making selections with the client, and more detailed things, like non-standard options, are easy to load in and process.
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Contractor Foreman
  • Estimates
  • Project management
  • Lead management - tracking where they are in the funnel and having web lead automatically pull into the system.
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Cons
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
  • Requests for platform enhancements, while easy to submit and get approved, are slow to be turned around...often a year or more passes before they're implemented.
  • BuiltTopia, while good for sales and construction, is missing one large thing...a CRM component. The system allows you to manage clients and prospects, but options for email marketing and other CRM-related efforts are lacking.
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Contractor Foreman
  • Some of the modules like checklists and forms are confusing and hard to use
  • some of the training videos or versions of an old outdated version of the software
  • Would like to see a more efficent way of creating a submittal log generated from a specification book
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Likelihood to Renew
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
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Contractor Foreman
Eliminated the need for our team to log into multiple systems to do their jobs which aligns to our Lean approach
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Support Rating
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
No answers on this topic
Contractor Foreman
I rarely give anyone a 9 or 10 rating for service. The main reason for this rating is Contractor Foreman's dedication to improvement. To be completely frank, CF has fallen down on their tech help with me several times, but I am an exceptionally difficult user to service as I tend to use a product up to it's limits and want more. CF has actually addressed these wants several times (after waits that seemed interminable, but were actually pretty damn fast in the reality of software development)
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Alternatives Considered
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
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Contractor Foreman
I've used Buildertrend and Conconstruct near daily for a little over 10 years. They were both pretty solid. But the price kept going up without much value being added to the software. As they grew, they didn't upgrade with the growth, so the sites became slower. Contractor Forman has all the functionality of the others, and several other tools that they don't. There are several tools our company doesn't even use yet that look great. It's not perfect, and the learning curve due to its increased capability is a bit of a challenge. But overall, it is superior in every way that mattered to us, and more affordable.
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Return on Investment
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
  • Overall, our company has saved money by being able to shut down all the various platforms we were using for different departments and transition to just BuildTopia.
  • Company efforts are more efficient, with all pertinent information being in one place and able to be viewed by everyone as needed.
  • Efforts of the sales team are better able to be managed and reviewed from afar whereas we only had physical paper trails before.
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Contractor Foreman
  • We don't have to double enter our job information anymore (estimates, bills, labor hours) to show employees what they need to see. Specific access within Contractor Foreman does that for us.
  • It's taken us longer to learn how Contractor Foreman works within itself than we thought it would, so implementation is taking a little longer than ideal. However, we have been learning a lot along the way about the easiest ways to use the workflow that Contractor Foreman has.
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ScreenShots

Contractor Foreman Screenshots

Screenshot of The client portal that lets customers to stay in the loop and know what is going on during all phases of the project.Screenshot of The custom dashboard which allows users to see the data that matters most to them.Screenshot of Stats that keep users informed to help them make use of data.Screenshot of The lead manager, that helps close deals without letting leads fall through the cracks.Screenshot of the Files & Photos screen, where making up plans can be done with Contractor Foreman.Screenshot of Time Cards, that display who is where and what they are doing.