PROS / Bid4Build allows you to adjust your project from an iPhone or iPad.
CONS / It does not integrate with CRM programs.
VERDICT / Bid4Build construction estimating software is flexible and customizable, and it allows you to track your projects on the go.
Bid4Build excels at estimating building construction projects, focusing on residential, home repair and modeling. The software includes a number of wizards, such as an estimate-advisor wizard. These wizards help you quickly build a thorough and accurate estimate, though it isn't designed to support commercial construction projects. Bid4Build is still a dependable bidding software program.
Bid4Build comes with an extensive cost database that you can alter and customize according to each project and your needs. You can add, delete and change line items and line-item costs as needed, and Bid4Build allows you to make adjustments using a mobile device.
Bid4Build has many of the same features that we found in more expensive software, and it even has several features those applications don't support. This construction estimating software includes both a customer maintenance database and a supplier database. It has a Project Phase tool to break down your estimate into phases and a Create Area section that allows you to divide your estimate into specific areas or rooms, which is useful for remodeling bids. The Create Assemblies section helps you group together specific line items that are used together for a specific job. The area database allows you to automatically calculate area dimensions, and the built-in calculator and conversion programs allow you to automatically calculate various aspects of the bid.
While Bid4Build doesn't have a built-in takeoff digitizer, the manufacturer offers a takeoff companion product for the estimating software. Bid4Build Digital Takeoff seamlessly integrates with Bid4Build Estimating and allows you to import your PDF, TIF, BMP and JPEG image files and to calculate measurements in a fraction of the time it would take with printed plans.
The navigation is straightforward and is presented as a step-by-step process to help you create an accurate estimate. Each step includes a helpful accompanying video. Bid4Build is organized in a hierarchal structure with the customer at the highest level. You need to have a least one customer to create an estimate, but you can create multiple projects for each customer. You can enter a variety of information about each customer, and this information is searchable in the database.
Bid4Build integrates well with other applications. It is able to integrate with third-party software, such as QuickBooks and Microsoft Project, as well as CAD software and the National Trade Database. It isn't compatible with Primavera, but it does offer iPhone and iPad integration, so you can review and update information on the go. It also does not integrate with CRM or customer relations management software.
Bid4Build has a thorough help center. On each screen in the application, clicking a question mark icon will give you assistance regarding the screen you're using. There is also a FAQs page and interactive training tutorials. Plus, as mentioned earlier, Bid4Build's interface has several integrated videos for in-application assistance.
Bid4Build is a well-designed construction estimating application, though it is designed for home construction and improvement projects rather than commercial construction. This estimating software is an attractive package that is rich in features and functions. This construction estimating software efficiently aids you in the bidding process.