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Likelihood to Recommend

CostWorks

Well Suited:Construction cost estimates for new larger projects where the construction will start within the next 6-9 months. Budgetary estimates for future buildings through its square foot models. Not Well Suited:Not accurate enough on small projects where labor, travel to sites, and OH&P are a higher percentage of unit costs than on larger projects where these costs are spread out across more units.
Robert Bass | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboBid

TurboBid is well suited to serve as an on-premise estimating software solution for small and midsize contractors. The type of work associated with the project may include new residential, light commercial, remodeling, service work, flat-rate pricing, or just about any application! The software is less suited for large contractors that may wish to communicate information within a network domain.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

CostWorks
7.8
TurboBid
4.6
Takeoff tools
CostWorks
6.0
TurboBid
3.7
Job costing
CostWorks
9.0
TurboBid
3.2
Cost databases
CostWorks
9.0
TurboBid
10.0
Cost calculator
CostWorks
8.0
TurboBid
3.2
Bid creation
CostWorks
7.0
TurboBid
3.2

Construction Project & Field Management

CostWorks
TurboBid
7.7
Plan distribution & viewing
CostWorks
TurboBid
9.0
Plan markups & sharing
CostWorks
TurboBid
8.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
CostWorks
TurboBid
9.0
Photo documentation
CostWorks
TurboBid
10.0
Jobsite reports
CostWorks
TurboBid
1.0
Document sharing
CostWorks
TurboBid
8.0
Mobile app
CostWorks
TurboBid
9.0

Pros

CostWorks

  • CostWorks is very good at generating quick and valid estimates for standardized facilities such as office buildings, schools, etc. It allows you to validate other cost estimates at the UniFormat level when doing an estimate validation.
  • CostWorks' database of detailed line-items is a very resourceful asset when it comes to finding a very specific line-item. Sometimes, when using Success or MII, I will have CostWorks open on the other screen so I can find an item that the other softwares just don't have and build it into the other software from the CostWorks entry.
  • CostWorks does a very good job of generating reports that are both well-developed and have enough detail at the summary level to be able to sit with a client or a project manager and have them follow along and understand without being overwhelmed with detail and numbers.
Bryan T. Piper, CCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboBid

  • Ability to sell their product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CostWorks

  • small project costs where labor is a bigger portion than materials on cost
  • markup factors on governmental projects
Robert Bass | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboBid

  • Slight learning curve for users.
  • Navigation through the program may not appeal to all.
  • The program can be pricey.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CostWorks

CostWorks 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had the need to discuss CostWorks with a vendor.
Robert Bass | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboBid

TurboBid 1.0
Based on 1 answer
I dealt with one individual and the owner. After making me feel stupid for not being able to get an up to date price list from my suppliers, they decided to try. There were unsuccessful as well. The right thing to do would have been to refund my money, but they refused to do that. I was lied to and basically called a liar on many occasions (including in emails). I have never had an experience like this with a company before. Most of the other companies guarantee their products and would refund your money if something was wrong, didn't work or you were unsatisfied. Not this company! They could care less once they have their money.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CostWorks

CostWorks is a unique software for estimating as compared to the other softwares I have listed above. PACES is mostly used for federal modeling and really cannot be compared to Costworks. It has its own developed modeling database and has its own quirkiness and issues.MII has been developed for the USACE and utilized a user-developed folder structure and RS Means Database. I use CostWorks along side this software to find line-items that are not in the MII RS Means Database.Success has been developed for NAVFAC and again, utilizes a user-developed folder structure and RS Means Database. When I use this software, I ALWAYS have CostWorks open on the other screen as Success' RS Means database is extremely lacking when it comes to the number of detail line-items.Timberline is by SAGE and I use it mostly for DOS and FAA work. Of the 3 RS Means Database softwares, this one has the most detailed database for reference, however, there are times when I do have to look up an item that Timberline does not have and the first software I open is CostWorks.
Bryan T. Piper, CCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboBid

Turbo bid is perfect for small and midsize contractor users in need of estimating projects. The software comes with excellent customer service and is easy to understand program navigation within a short period of time. The program goes into extreme detail with many capabilities for accounting and estimating. For example, the software has the ability to calculate the material installation time, which not all program competition can do.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CostWorks

  • I don't really see any "negative" impacts on my business or my ROI by purchasing CostWorks. It's a valuable tool that we use, however, some of my colleagues do not use it or use it very infrequently.
  • I find it well worth the cost even though we don't develop complete estimates in CostWorks due to client dictated softwares.
  • It has provided very quickly-built estimating models that let our team and project managers know that the RFP or the task that they are contemplating bidding on or starting to work on is actually feasible to construction given the budget and directive.
Bryan T. Piper, CCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboBid

  • It cost me money for the software that I will never get back.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CostWorks

General

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

TurboBid

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CostWorks
9.0
TurboBid
2.9

Support Rating

CostWorks
5.0
TurboBid
1.0

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