Home Builder Software

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ECi MarkSystems Screenshot
MarkSystems® is the home building industry’s only single-database, ERP information management application, industry-specific construction software products available for homebuilders and property developers. As a cloud-based…
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
Constellation FAST Screenshot
Constellation FAST is designed for home builders with 300-10,000 homes built per year. For homebuilders with hundreds to thousands of annual home starts you need up-to-date information of your company FAST. Using…
Client OS
Windows
Custom Homebuilder's Solutions Screenshot
Custom Homebuilders’ Solutions (CHS) is a powerful tool that combines a full range of accounting features with comprehensive job costing, management, and tracking features needed by builders. CHS will make life simpler for…
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Starting Price
$50/month/user
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
maestro* Homebuilder Screenshot
Maestro_Homebuilder is an all-inclusive tool integrating contact management, sales closing and model management. Maestro_ Homebuilder is specifically designed to meet the estimating, project management and accounting needs of…
BRIX Screenshot
BRIX ERP is a fully integrated enterprise resource platform that allows you to access the most efficient solutions available for any level of home builders. BRIX lets you control purchasing, production, costs, and reporting…
Client OS
Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
Buildertrend Screenshot
Buildertren is a cloud based home builder and remodeler software. This construction management software brings your whole building world together in one powerful cloud system, designed especially for custom builders …
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$299/month
Client OS
Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
BuildSoft Screenshot
BuildSoft is designed to assist the small to mid-size custom builders (less than 75 starts a year) gain better control of their business from the estimating stage all the way through closing. It is a schedule driven product…
CoConstruct Screenshot
CoConstruct is a cloud-based construction management software designed with the needs of builders in mind as well as their clients and trade partners. CoConstruct works to help eliminate the chaos in your day while creating…
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Starting Price
$99/month
Client OS
Web, iOS, Android
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
HomeFront Screenshot
Job Simplicity Residential Edition is designed for small residential builders & contractors who want an affordable management solution that has plugs into popular accounting solutions such as QuickBooks & Simply Accounting by…
Starting Price
$3,500 (perpetual license)
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
Newstar Screenshot
The REMS modules address the accounting and operational needs of a wide range of industries, including: Property Managers; Residential, Commercial, Retail and Condominium Construction; General, Heavy Construction and…
Client OS
Windows
Constellation CRM Screenshot
Constellation CRM home construction software supports all the operational functions (sales, marketing, design center, escrow/closing, and customer care/warranty) builders need to sell more homes to more customers at less…
BSE Estimator Screenshot
Designed by a builder for a builder, the BSE Estimator will save you time and money! In your hands, this tool will help you efficiently schedule your jobs, calculate complex assemblies and deliver an accurate bottom line. BSE…
Starting Price
$349 (perpetual license)
Client OS
Windows
BuildStar Screenshot
BuildStar is the solution to the construction management challenges that builders face. With BuildStar you will save time and money, increase sales, improve client confidence and trust, and facilitate the coordination…
Starting Price
$29.95/month
Client OS
Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
Contractors Software Group Products Screenshot
Contractors Software Group (CSG) offers three series of integrated but modular CRM, estimating, scheduling and job cost accounting applications that can be installed on premise or be hosted in the cloud on a monthly basis…
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Starting Price
$100/month
Client OS
Web, Windows
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
Sage 100 Contractor Screenshot
Sage 100 Contractor is an integrated business management and accounting system for general and engineering contractors and subcontractors of all trades. The software includes estimating, scheduling, project management…
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Starting Price
$115/month/user
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
On-Premises
Jonas Enterprise Screenshot
The Jonas Enterprise solution is a fully integrated, highly flexible, industry specific software package designed for mid-sized construction and service management companies. Jonas Construction Software specializes in…
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$8,000 (perpetual license)
Client OS
Web, Windows
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
ComputerEase Construction Software Screenshot
With ComputerEase you can control costs during the job, produce more accurate estimates; improve job profitability, control vendor and subcontractor costs, manage cash flow, and better know your business from a financial…
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$ $ $ · ·
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
e-Builder Enterprise Screenshot
With e-Builder Enterprise, your organization can leverage web-based construction management software to increase productivity, accountability and profitability. e-Builder Enterprise is the most innovative program and project…
Starting Price
$20,000 (perpetual license)
Client OS
Mac, Windows
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
STACK Screenshot
Integrated takeoff and estimating software designed for any project and any trade. If you want to add hours back to your day, eliminate costly estimating mistakes and say goodbye to paper plans, you’ve come to the right…
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$999/year/user
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Mac, Web, Windows
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
ProEst Estimating Screenshot
Innovative in its simplicity, ProEst 11 now delivers the power to accurately calculate the estimated cost of nearly any project of any size quickly and easily. In todays highly competitive market, the success of your…
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$5,000/year
Client OS
Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted

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Home Builder Software Buyer’s Guide

What is Home Builder Software?

Home builder software ensures the construction project is organized, stays within budget, and is completed on time. Home builder software is primarily used by residential construction companies, custom home builders, and general contractors for project management, estimating, job costing, scheduling, and purchasing.

While builders can get away with using general construction software, there are many vendors offering dedicated home building software. Specialized systems often include databases with vendor information for parts or materials for home projects like appliances, plumbing fixtures, or flooring materials. Some systems also include home design functionalities to assist with creating blueprints and 3D models.

Home Builder Software Features

Feature Description
Construction Estimating Create accurate estimates based on labor costs, required materials, and equipment needed to complete the job.
Job Costing Assigns costs to labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractors.
Project Management Coordinate scheduling, time tracking, resource allocation, document management (blueprints, progression photos, etc), punch lists, and warranty information.
Financial Management Manage invoicing, purchase orders, payroll, lien waivers, and change orders.
CRM Allow customers to suggest or approve changes to the design, send post-job surveys for customer satisfaction analysis, automate notifications for warranty changes, and store customer contact information.

Construction Estimating with Home Builder Software

If your estimates are too low, you risk upsetting clients over unexpected price increases. If your estimates are too high, you’re likely losing out on a lot of potential projects. Construction estimating software functionality assists with creating an accurate quote based on the costs of labor, subcontractors, materials, and equipment needed to build the home. Accurate quotes will help you land more jobs, keep customers happy, and increase ROI.

As the project goes on, customers might change their mind about certain aspects of their home’s interior or exterior design. The estimate will automatically be adjusted for things like appliance upgrades, countertop material changes, or fixture updates.

Digital takeoff is also an important part of estimating to ensure your quotes are as accurate as possible. Digital takeoff assigns costs to lumber and steel, as well as light fixtures, pipes, and cabling. A detailed price list of the materials required for the project is created based on dimensional information extracted from the blueprints.

CoConstruct estimate
Example of an estimate of the interior doors and hardware of a home building project in CoConstruct.

Scheduling with Home Builder Software

Scheduling in home builder software helps you assign labor and resources to particular tasks. The system will alert you if there are any conflicts in the schedule, so you can make changes as needed to prevent delays. Having a schedule laid out for all of the labor and resources will also help you calculate an accurate completion date. The completion date will be automatically adjusted if any issues arise, so your customers won’t be left in the dark about schedule changes.

Some home builder systems also provide custom schedule views including Gantt charts, Kanban boards, and calendar views. These views will help you visualize the labor, materials, and equipment being used at particular times in the construction process.

Schedule view in e-Builder
Schedule view in e-Builder.

Purchasing with Home Builder Software

Purchase order management in home builder software allows you to create orders for services, raw materials, and products that are needed for a project. The system will keep track of vendor contact information, purchase quantities, delivery times, and costs. When the price and quantities are approved by the vendor, you can save time by collecting the approval signatures electronically.

Purchase order management also includes the scope of work documents that include materials, description of project deliverables, cost codes, and payment schedules.

Schedule view in e-Builder
Purchase orders in Buildertrend.

Free Home Builder Software

A complete home builder software won’t be available for free. The closest thing you’ll find is a limited time free trial on a full system. However, there are some free solutions that can help with specific aspects of home building. For example, SketchUp lets you draw in 3D for free. There are also some free project management systems like GenieBelt and 2-Plan Desktop that are designed for the construction industry.

Online Home Builder Software

Web-based home builder software allows employees in the field to access schedule information, review change orders, obtain electronic signatures, and collect payments from anywhere. Contractors can access the system either through a mobile app or a web browser to get the information they need. Office workers can also see real-time status updates on the project and track when payments were made.

Some systems allow you to take progress photos of the home building process and upload them to a portal for the customer. This allows buyers to see how their new home is coming along and keeps them engaged throughout the project. Your customers can share their photos with family and friends, giving your company some publicity.

Cloud-based software is becoming more important among home builders and construction companies. In our Construction Technology Trends 2018 Report, we’ve found that 87% of companies were open to reviewing cloud-hosted construction management software.

Mobile Tech Use Cases
In the field, contractors use mobile technology for daily field reports, customer or job information, documentation, job cost reports, and scheduling.