Construction technology includes all the innovative tools, equipment, processes, and software used during the construction process. On one end you have basic tools for communication and building construction schedules. One the other end, you have advanced tools like automated construction equipment.

Technology—from pickup trucks to hydraulic excavators to construction project management software—has always propelled this industry forward. But a recent survey of construction managers found that only 32% of respondents were adopting new technology to increase the efficiency of their workers. Even worse, more than half spend 2% or less on information technology. This explains why McKinsey research shows that construction productivity has remained flat for decades.

Many builders’ project management, governance, and controls are paper-based activities that do not keep up with projects in real-time. Meanwhile, project managers and subcontractors get bombarded with too much information, rather than what they need to see, when they need to see it.

This problem presents a major opportunity for builders to take huge leaps in the efficiency and productivity of their teams. It’s just a matter of knowing which technology offers the most return on investment. Here are our recommendations to help your team work more efficiently, while keeping projects on track and within budget:

Choose what works, not just the latest tool

When ramping up your approach to technology, start with tools that allow you to begin new projects with ease and efficiency. If you are starting from scratch with documents and files that you rely on for every job, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate this inefficiency. If you know you’re going to use a document or process more than once, make it a priority to automate that asset by making it a template to be used again and again. This sort of resourcefulness will allow you to land jobs faster, start those jobs faster, and save time and money in the long run.

Project management software

Comprehensive construction project management (CPM) solutions designed specifically for custom home builders and remodelers help project managers coordinate schedules, share necessary information in real-time with trades, and eliminate data redundancy and wasted time playing phone tag. They provide built-in templates, documents, and workflows based on industry best practices and processes familiar to builders. Software helps to manage every aspect of home building including bid management, scheduling, budgeting, accounting, and more. 

Mobile technology

Cloud-based applications that can be accessed on laptops, tablets, and smartphones on the job site eliminate the constraints of legacy desktop and paper systems. Now construction managers can access files and reports from the field and enter data directly in a system so critical information is available to everyone. Say goodbye to disjointed notes and spreadsheets that often lead to mistakes and delays.

Centralizing reports, documentation, and communication in a single solution you can access from anywhere at any time ensures that everyone is working with accurate, up-to-the-minute information at all times. This includes schedules, reports, photographs, and more. When changes are made, information is automatically updated across the system.

Safety and training

For years, a disproportionate number of worker deaths and accidents have occurred in the construction industry. As builders face increasing liability, technology solutions offer the ability to more efficiently train and monitor workers in order to reduce the rate of serious injuries and deaths. For this reason alone, any builder that has been adversely affected by safety incidents should consider implementing construction software to increase visibility, improve communication, and provide accountability.

Better time tracking

When workers report after the fact the number of hours they worked, when they worked, and on what projects, mistakes get made—and usually not in the employer’s favor. Time tracking software enables employers to efficiently track time, attendance, and labor costs in real-time, from the field and office. Accurate time tracking yields significant labor savings.

Better communication

Construction software makes it easier to collaborate and communicate effectively. Real-time data updates and automatic notifications eliminate the need for redundant phone calls and emails while ensuring that contractors and clients get the information they need, when they need it, from any device. Managers can respond quickly to problems or information requests. Automated compliance reminders also help to ensure your company avoids costly errors.

Gain actionable business insights with data analysis

Construction project management solutions provide data that help executives and managers improve operational processes, boost productivity, streamline schedules, cut costs, and increase profitability. Artificial intelligence and machine learning systems can aggregate data and predict future outcomes on projects to help builders gain competitive advantages in the estimating and bidding phases of construction projects.

With a skilled labor shortage in the industry and increasingly complex project requirements, there has never been a better time to empower your team to get more done, more effectively and in less time.

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7 Strategies for Maximizing Adoption of Construction Project Management Software

You’re a leading home builder or remodeler. You have a very clear idea of where your team can improve, what systems are holding up progress, and where time and money are being wasted. You know your home building operation could be more efficient. There are specific business and operational problems you would like new technology to solve, and you have investigated the project management software options and identified the right solution.

But new technology and new processes require buy-in from more than just you. To get the most out of home building project management software, your team needs to be right there with you. Here are our recommendations for getting your crew to adopt new construction technology.

1. Know your reasons for choosing the system

This starts with understanding the benefits yourself. A great way to make sure you’ve got a grasp on exactly what new construction technology can do for you is to schedule a one-on-one demo where you can ask questions and see the system in practice. This is the quickest and easiest way to get a grasp on the return you’re getting for your investment.

Once you do this, you should understand why the software is the clear winner so you can share the benefits with your team, specifically the primary users of the software. You should be prepared to demonstrate support and technical proficiency with the product. If not you, then you should have a champion like a project manager who will learn the ins and outs of the software and help drive adoption of the new technology with your team.  

2. Develop an implementation plan

Your new software will need to be implemented in phases, which may include the following:

  • Assessment of all functional tasks relevant to software capabilities
  • Educating company stakeholders on technology capabilities and business expectations
  • Assembly of an implementation team
  • Appointment of an internal champion
  • Appointment of internal point person for tech questions
  • Data migration
  • Employee training
  • Pilot program
  • “Go-live”
  • Review of first week/month
  • Fine-tuning of the software and employee use  
  • Ongoing technical support
  • System performance evaluation at 6-month and 1-year intervals

The delegation of responsibility and accountability in your plan is especially important. Who will be responsible for selling the investment to internal stakeholders, like other power users of the software? Who will drive the implementation and who will aggregate questions and issues to work through with the vendor?

3. Engage employees in training events

A great way to share the benefits and accelerate your team’s path to proficiency is through dynamic launch and training events. Consider bringing in an expert trainer from the vendor to walk through the system and answer all questions, as well as provide hands-on training. Skilled trainers can assess the learning styles of your team members and adapt their presentations as necessary. They may want a multimedia presentation or a Q&A session. The trainer can tailor the experience to ensure your team gets the most out of it.

Allow your champion to hit the ground running by assisting the trainer. Incentivize quick learning by providing rewards to team members that demonstrate mastery of key concepts and tasks. Let the training be a reflection of your workplace culture, whether it’s formal or casual.

4. Ensure your team understands the benefits

Your employees arealready doing most of what the software offers each of them: managing budgets, adjusting schedules, making change orders, and more. The difference is that now, everything is centralized to save them time and frustration. The software is also eliminating the needs for redundant communications, updates, and tasks, cutting out much of the chaos of construction projects.

Now they can communicate more easily with one another because everything is centralized and much of the work is automated. They don’t have to do the same work twice because there are templates in place to save time. They can manage a change order with a click rather than a phone call. The list of benefits can go on and on and will look different for every team.

To get complete buy-in, have your team leaders and champion continue to extoll the benefits of the system to each of the users on a personal level. Relate the specific benefits to the individuals using the system. Meet with the group and present the improvements you are seeing in the business as the team ramps up its use of the new software. Use key performance metrics to demonstrate the benefits.

5. Expect a learning curve

No matter what system you have in place now (different software, an old ratty notebook, or no system at all), a new system will always require some level of patience. Even if your current system is slow and clunky, it’s familiar and is therefore the path of least resistance in the immediate future. Let your team know that you expect a learning curve and they should, too, but that the grass is much greener on the other side once they master the new tool.

6. Provide access to support

“Hmm, how do I _____?” That’s part of the learning curve. While your new construction application will come with instructions and helpful how-to resources, sometimes your employees just need to ask an expert. Make sure they know where to bring those questions. Let them know whether you want them to come to you or to bring them straight to product support. If it’s vendor support, give them the phone number, email address, and website they can utilize if they hit a snag, along with any other online or offline resources.

7. Ask for specific feedback

Think of the leaders on your team as your stakeholders. Keep them engaged in the process and insist on getting their input throughout to address any issues early. The continual buy-in of your champion, trainer, and point person, as well as other team leaders will go a long way in increasing employee buy-in. It’s also a valuable leadership development opportunity for your team.

Formally survey your employees periodically to track the progress of the technology solution. In the beginning, find out what parts of the new technology excite each employee most. Learn what job functions are most enhanced and where the time and cost savings appear to be originating (by position and function). Find out the aspects of your employees’ work they now enjoy more and how the application has improved their performance. Learn about concerns and issues they may have. Hold a meeting and let your team process these developments and questions so they feel they are part of the decision-making process.

These steps will increase the likelihood of buy-in from your crew and will ensure the return on investment you expect from your new construction project management software system. Want to learn more about the psychology of change and best practices for increasing adoption of new technology? Download our free ebook, How to Sell Your Crew on a New Construction Management App.

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How a Construction Project Management App Simplifies Your Day

Home builders and remodelers who use construction project management software deal with the same daily tasks and challenges as those who don’t, they just do it faster and more efficiently.

If you have a phone in your pocket or a tablet on the job site, but you don’t have residential project management software, you’re letting your most powerful time-saving asset collect dust.

Here are nine daily tasks that are made easier with home building software:

1. Retrieving data

If your data is all over the place (email, spreadsheets, notebook, the back of a napkin, your brain) just think of how much mental energy you’re spending each day to keeping it all straight. The goal of project management software for builders is to save time and energy by centralizing and organizing everything within one app. Accounting features including budgeting, billing, invoicing, and cash flow reporting are at hand. The same goes with bid management, scheduling, change orders, purchase orders, service requests, and more.

Instant access to information enables executives, sales reps, project managers, trades, and everyone else involved in the project to collaborate efficiently, get updates automatically, and get answers to questions without delay.

With real-time data, you can also provide accurate job costing. Your system includes standard set rates for your company’s services, with cost details that apply to each supervisor, production manager, and crew member. Job costing functions include managing schedules, generating purchase orders, creating invoices, and tracking expenses.

2. Managing projects, crew, and subs

Assigning tasks to your crew and subs during each stage of construction can be an incredibly time-consuming process, especially when you don’t have technology at your disposal. Project managers often struggle to keep track of schedules, dispatch work orders, assign tasks, adjust for new client requests, manage subs, and keep projects moving forward. Forget about managing multiple projects at the same time. Homebuilding software helps you manage all these tasks, so nothing falls through the cracks.

3. Communication and mobility

Builders often see half their day slip away while they’re busy on the phone or sending emails and texts. With homebuilding software, not only are your team, subcontractors, and clients all using the same system to communicate and move projects forward, but the software itself eliminates the need for most of your messages in the first place with things like shared task lists and automated progress reports. This eliminates redundant work, including multiple phone calls and emails to alert contributors with job status updates. Best of all, everyone’s can manage communications from any internet-connected device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

4. Delegation and accountability

Construction project management software gives your team the peace of mind to ensure everything is getting done, even the little things that can be easily missed. As they say, “the devil is in the details” and nothing is truer for custom home builders and remodelers. Task lists are synchronized with the project schedule and developed into templates, creating action items for each project that can be recreated with a single click. Once a task is assigned via the app, you can check progress by looking at your phone rather than having to play phone tag to find out what you have to do and by when. You can even automate reminders to keep the task front-of-mind until it’s completed.

5. Budgets and schedules

Aside from the convenience of storing all of your data in one place, the real magic happens when all of that data is interconnected. When you enter a change order, for instance, the system will roll over all of the variables for you: your schedule will update, your budget forecast will take the new change into account, and notifications will be sent out to everyone affected.

6. Keeping clients informed and happy

Since your reputation relies on great client relations, a well-designed construction app gives your clients enough access to keep them happy and up to date without the need for frequent meetings. You clients get their own login credentials to browse updated data (only the data that you’ve chosen to give them access to) and project photos at any time. You can keep making progress while they check in on their own time.

7. Document and photo management

Construction apps centrally house all of the photos and files for your project and eliminate the work and expense of maintaining an antiquated filing system. But even with a paperless office, too many builders and project managers fumble around with sharing access to different systems like Dropbox, Drive, and email attachments. When it’s all in one place, documenting any piece of project information is quick, easy, and secure. You can store photos and documents indefinitely, with far greater storage capacity than any filing cabinet, and move on knowing that it is stored along with all the project data for quick access.

8. Progress reporting

Putting custom reports together can be a time-consuming process. You shouldn’t have to jump from Excel to your notebook to your email to a phone call just to gather the data you knew you would need at some point anyway. When using an app like BuildTools, you can set up report templates that automatically pull the right data, so when it comes time to send updates you just need to review, add your own notes if needed, and click send.

9. Change orders

Nobody likes a change order, but they are inevitable. They don’t have to be a headache, though. If your phone is in your pocket or your tablet is nearby, you are ready to take a change order in stride and move on. Construction project management software allows you to document the specifics of a change order, get the client’s signature on the change, send automatic updates to your team and subcontractors, update your schedule, and update your budget, all within the app.

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Construction Project Management Software Gives You One Place for All Communication

During a build, effective communication is key. As a builder, you probably didn’t think sending emails, making phone calls, and following up with people would be a big part of your day. But as projects progress and you bring on new clients, the number of contacts you have grows, meaning more and more time is spent organizing schedules and relaying information.

Keeping a clear line of communication open can be a daunting task with multiple projects on the go, different subcontractors and trade partners, and several clients. Whether you’re staying on top of questions and suggestions from clients or sharing updates with your crew and subcontractors, there’s a lot of information to track and keep organized.

And you want to be organized. Imagine trying to find change order details you scribbled on a piece of paper and threw in your truck when it’s time to share those new selections with your team? Clear communication is one thing – keeping it organized and easy to access is another.

Here are three ways using BuildTools construction project management software can improve communication and avoid confusion on the job site:

Create a Single System of Reference

Stop spending your time sifting through your inbox and combing through notes you’ve jotted down here and there on your computer, in your notebook, and on post-its.

By implementing a construction project management system, you’ll have a central hub for all the communications you send and receive. They’re organized by project, so no more scouring your inbox for that one-off email that you just can’t find. Easily find short notes and long conversations alike and keep important attachments easily accessible.

Do you need to train subcontractors and clients on a new email system? Not with BuildTools! Integrating with Gmail and other email platforms, the people you email won’t have to do anything differently.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

Are all updates and changes that affect a project stored in a single tool? More likely than not, you’re used to making changes in one system and updating your team in another (or several others).

Say goodbye to juggling multiple tools for communication. In BuildTools, you can collect and log project notifications in one convenient app – no more switching back and forth. All your updates are at your fingertips and easily searchable in our unified inbox.

With BuildTools, once the update is logged, it can seamlessly send a notification to update relevant parties of the change. Take the guesswork out of your projects, and give your crew and subcontractors the right information, right away. You won’t need those to send endless emails, play phone tag, or send countless text message reminders.

Archive Your Information, Access It Any Time

Once you’ve gotten the information you need out of your emails, you may let them sit in your inbox, organize them, or delete them. But what happens if you need to refer to something you’ve deleted or “organized” so you can no longer find it?

With BuildTools, messages and attachments are all archived and organized by project. Whether you need to double-check the details of an update or get warranty work done for your clients, don’t spend time digging through your inbox. What used to take hours of phone tag to figure out can be done in seconds with a centralized inbox. Simply log in to the specific BuildTools project, select the element of the build you’d like to update, and send all the messages you need to, without ever leaving the app.

Staying organized saves you time, so projects get finished faster. Faster, easier workflows mean happier teams and clients, good news for your reputation, and more time to take on new business. So why not take back your most valuable resource – your time.

Learn more about how a construction management app can keep everyone in the loop and up to date. Our How to Improve Communication During Custom Projects gives you tips and best practices for communicating with your crew, clients, subcontractors, designers, and more.

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Are These 5 Things Holding You Back from Growing Your Residential Construction Business?

So, you know you need a construction project management software. Knowing you need one is different from biting the bullet and actually implementing one. Many custom builders and remodelers struggle to make the leap and invest in a construction project management tool. Does this sound familiar? Here are five common excuses for implementing construction software – and why they shouldn’t matter:

1. I Don’t Have Time

This is the number one pain point we hear from builders. We get it. We’re builders and we’ve been there. From late nights balancing books to frantic phone calls and flipping through paper records, it’s hard enough just to manage your daily workload and stay above water.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. A cloud-based construction management solution cloud-based technology can make your work more efficient and accurate. With your coffee in one hand, you can easily and immediately pull up the delivery schedule your subcontractor is asking for, the exact paint color from your client’s last change order, the contact info for your drywall guy, and any other information you may or may not have anticipated needing on-site that day.

You rely on your notebook but what if your notebook is the reason you’re behind? Take back control of your day with a construction project management app.

2. It’s Too Expensive

Sometimes, we hear from builders who want the benefits of a project management system but who are hesitant to put any money down. Think about it this way: if you’re spending all of your time on double entry for budgets, schedules, and change orders, that’s time―and money―down the drain.

You need an affordable solution that increases your efficiency and profitability without too high of an upfront cost. Some solutions offer multiple plans with different features or charge based on every project you start. You shouldn’t be punished for taking on more projects and growing your business.

That’s why a system with a flat fee like BuildTools often makes the most sense. You can get up to speed on the projects you’re working down and increase your capacity without worrying that your fees will go up too.

3. It’s Too Hard to Get Everyone Up to Speed

All builders have their own way of doing things, which is why this can be a real concern whenever you’re implementing a new process. You need a system that improves your efficiency, not one that takes up valuable time you need to be spending focused on your builds.

That’s why systems like BuildTools come with dedicated support staff, ready to respond to your needs. Our dedicated implementation team will ensure implementation goes as smoothly and quickly as possible so you can get up and running right away.

Don’t just take it from us, though. Check out our case studies to hear how builders successfully implemented BuildTools and took their business to the next level.

4. My Team Won’t Get On Board

Are your subcontractors skeptical of new technology? Not a problem. The best construction project management platforms allow you to send your subs project updates by email or text – whichever they prefer. Simply having a phone handy allows your subs to get the benefits of a powerful platform like BuildTools without time wasted learning yet another piece of technology.

5. If It’s Not Broken, Why Fix It?

People often think construction project management solutions are too much for them. If you’re overwhelmed or too busy with the work you already have, your processes aren’t working for you. It’s important to put the structure in place to help you grow effectively. So instead of putting people to work on tasks, you’re putting your technology to work to help you streamline processes and make information more accessible.

If you’re not looking for new ways to innovate, be more competitive, and win more clients, you can bet other builders and remodelers in your area are. Builders are already making the transition to construction project management software because they know it’s the key for staying competitive.

Isn’t it time to stop making excuses for not investing in a construction project management app and start looking for ways to build better?

Don’t wait. Start growing your business today with BuildTools. Learn more about finding the right construction management software for your business with our free buyer’s guide.

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CPM Establishes a System for Clear Communication and a Centralized, Detailed Schedule

Every day spent on a home building site is hectic. Part of your job as a builder is preparing for the unexpected and having the flexibility to adapt to changes while keeping projects on track. While it’s a testament to your skill as a custom builder to navigate changes and mishaps, so is eliminating surprises altogether. Avoiding surprises will ensure that you stay on schedule and on budget to maximize your profitability on each project.

Missed deadlines, slow contractors, materials arriving behind schedule, and a lack of clear processes all lead to breakdowns in communication and completion delays. Sound familiar? As you know, these are just a few of the many daily issues that can throw home building projects off schedule.

Poor scheduling stems from a combination of factors: relying on memory to meet deadlines, not promptly informing impacted parties of a schedule change, and having to manually follow up with subcontractors to confirm they can perform the scheduled work when timelines are adjusted. 

The root of all building breakdowns – poor communication

Poor communication is for a common cause of disorganization and inefficiency. And it’s not just on you – everyone involved can be responsible for delays and misunderstandings. It could be a subcontractor who doesn’t communicate finished tasks, a client who doesn’t remember what they requested, or a project manager without a centralized project management system for effectively managing people and tasks.

As a result, money gets lost, the pace of the project slows down, and deadlines are missed. An influx of schedule changes can cause multiple ripples downstream, resulting in confusion, finger-pointing, and delays. Ultimately, this disorganization could hurt your reputation and affect your relationships with partners, vendors, and customers. 

Construction project management is the foundation for solid project planning and execution

Surprises are part of our industry, but establishing a proven process with a construction project management (CPM) solution goes a long way. CPM software designed for homebuilders and remodelers standardizes industry best practices for efficiency as part of your project management process. It automatically sends alerts to each contributor notifying them of any decisions or actions that affect their work, and triggers the next steps in the process. In doing so, it guarantees effective communication and accountability.

A centralized scheduling solution optimizes communication and efficiency 

A CPM solution centralizes the schedule details and all the project details each member of your team, subcontractor, or client needs in one database.. If a rainy day, a late  permit, or missing materials causes delays, all relevant resources are notified and the project is adjusted to ensure final quality delivery, even if that means extending the schedule by a few days. An always up-to-date schedule keeps you from wasting time putting out fires and manually communicating last-minute adjustments.

Progress reports keep clients in the loop and up to date on their action items

Creating a weekly report will help keep clients up to speed with project status and reduce the need for time-consuming status calls. Weekly reports should include current status of project, customer financials, latest project pictures, and approved change orders or those that still require a signature.

Creating these weekly reports on a digital platform makes distribution and documenting all items much easier for both your company and your client. Digital documentation also increases transparency, so your team knows what they’re responsible for.

There are countless other ways that CPM software benefits custom builders and remodelers. By giving you more time back in your day, you can be more efficient. This mean focusing more on quality control, following up on delegated tasks, and avoiding mishaps like a client showing up to a site where no one is working.

With a central hub for communication, your crew can post questions and comments, and view responses in real-time. Disagreements or misunderstandings can be quickly resolved through group communication using digital tools. Leveraging technology allows home builders and remodelers to centralize communication across an entire project, ensuring everyone is always on the same page.

With these tools and features at your disposal, you can finish projects on time and under budget, and exceed client expectations. You’llbe well prepared to tackle the common problems that builders face on a daily basis.

Communication is critical to a successful project. Get more tips and best practices for increasing transparency and accountability across your business. Find out how technology can help you communicate better with our ebook, How to Improve Communication During Custom Projects.

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You know you need a better construction project management system and you’ve decided that an app is your best option. But with so many solutions to choose from, which one is right for you?

It’s easy to get lost in the weeds. But at the end of the day, you need a solution that helps you do better work, faster.

At BuildTools, we’re dedicated to making our product the best it can be to help you tackle everyday challenges. Here are three areas where we leave competitors like Buildertrend and Co Construct in the dust.

1. Consistent pricing

You need transparent, affordable pricing – not a system that penalizes you for success. That’s why we offer one flat fee for as many projects as you want.

Want to give clients access to select features like site photos and change orders? We’ve got you covered. Simply set up a custom client portal and give them access to features they need, while keeping proprietary information private. We know that satisfied customers are one of your biggest assets, so unlike Co Construct, we won’t charge you extra to keep them happy and eager to recommend you.

2. Simple user interface

You don’t have time to learn a complex software program. And you shouldn’t have to be a tech guru just to succeed as a builder.

We get it. BuildTools was created by a builder who wanted to make things easier and more efficient for his own company. Our software is based on real-world industry experience, tailored to your needs as a builder, and easy to use.

Simplicity is one of the main things our customers comment on after switching from systems like Buildertrend and Co Construct. Don’t just take it from us, though. Check out our case studies to find out why our customers chose BuildTools.

If your subcontractors are better at hands-on project management than tech, you can be confident that BuildTools will meet them where they’re at and let them focus on what they do best – just faster and more efficiently.

3. Support when you need it

We know it’s not always smooth sailing when you implement a new system, but we’re confident we can help you succeed. When things get difficult, you need an expert to help you get back on course.

That’s why we have an expert support team at your fingertips. When you purchase BuildTools, you’re not just buying a software platform. You also gain access to our team – a smart, dedicated group of builders and software engineers who are great at making sure our product works for you.

Need something fixed? Just reach out and we’re on it.

Finding the right tool for your business

There are a lot of construction project management software options out there. If you find yourself asking which solution is right for you, we’ve got you covered with our Construction Management Software Buyer’s Guide.

A construction management solution can give you more time back in your day, simplify administrative work, and keep more money in your pocket. It’s important to go with a solution that meets your needs, which is why we created our buyer’s guide. In it we provide everything you need when comparing options.

In the guide you’ll find information on:

  • Industry challenges and internal needs. Find a platform that increases your efficiencies, not one that requires more new hires to run.
  • Features to consider. Cut through the extras. What features do you need to drive success for your custom home building or remodeling business?
  • Pricing models. You need simple, transparent pricing that works for your bottom line. Find a model that doesn’t eat away at your margins with confusing plans, short-lived introductory pricing, or per-project fees.

The right software should make your life easier, not harder. Download our guide today and find a solution that lets you get back to doing what you do best. We even included a checklist you can use to compare your top three choices side by side!

Construction project management software that makes your life easier

At the end of the day, BuildTools is the only construction project management software designed by builders, for builders.

We understand your challenges. We know what your typical day looks like because we’ve all been there. That’s why we designed a solution with a workflow you’ll recognize and features to help you create faster, more efficient processes that get the job done and put more money in your pocket.

Schedule a demo to see BuildTools in action and find out how it can help you take your business to the next level.

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As a professional home builder, you’re busy working with your team to build your clients the homes of their dreams. Implementing a construction project management software lets you keep all of you projects in one central hub, while helping you communicate quickly and efficiently with your own staff, sub-contractors, and clients to keep your project moving forward on schedule and on budget.

When comparing software platforms, it’s important to take the following back-end processes into consideration:

Streamlined Implementation Process

Ask questions like, “How long does it take to fully implement this software?” or “Are there people dedicated to helping me with implementation?”. Answering these questions will help you choose the software that is best for your business.

Reliable Customer Support

Look for a software with reliable, easy-to-access customer support. Ask questions like, “Will there be someone there to answer my questions?”, “How do I go about asking a question?”, and “Do you provide trainings when I add new hires to my team?”.

Understanding the implementation process and support model are important parts of choosing the right platform for your business. As with any change in process for your business, it’s essential that help is nearby if you need it.

As a software company built by builders, we understand that your hours are extremely valuable and you’re on a tight schedule. We designed BuildTools with your needs in mind. That’s why we offer exceptional software, a streamlined implementation process, and the reliable support you need to grow your business. Understanding the needs of today’s builder is what drove us to our implementation process and support model. Whether you choose to be completely hands-off in the implementation process or want to be involved every step of the way, our dedicated implementation team will ensure implementation goes as smoothly and quickly as possible so you can get up and running with BuildTools right away.

You’re focused on delivering high-quality homes for your clients. We’re dedicated to helping you reach that goal using best-in-class construction management software. Our support team is available for you every day to help you and your team maximize your use of BuildTools. Whether it’s a quick call or email or you’re ready to schedule a training call, we’re always ready to provide the necessary training to your team.

Ready to see the impact BuildTools can have on your business? Schedule a demo today.

When you’re building a house, there are a lot of moving parts to fit together. What goes into creating the house of your client’s dream is much more complex than what meets the eye.

Whether it’s creating the original plan with your clients, aligning subcontractors, creating a schedule, or any other task, keeping you and your team organized and on track is a major piece of the homebuilding puzzle.

How efficient are you at managing your team? If you’re spending hours on your phone, sending various emails, and working within multiple platforms or simply writing different things down here and there, it may be time to explore a new option.

A construction project management software is the tool you need to streamline your day-to-day processes and spend less time at your desk and more time on the jobsite.

Wondering how a construction project management software can help you? Here are 3 advantages:

1. Consolidate Your Data in One Powerful Platform

Spending your time jotting changes down, entering numbers in spreadsheets, sending emails, and re-entering information in different platforms can eat up valuable hours of your day.

What if you could do all of these tasks in a single platform? How much time could you save?

Find out today with a construction project management software like BuildTools.

2. Access from Anywhere

Questions about a project can arise at any time, no matter where you are. When you need to give an answer, it won’t help if that answer is written down at your office.

BuildTools is cloud-based, so you can access the information you need anywhere, any time. Plus,  you’ll be able to review that project budget, look over plans, or upload project photos from the jobsite.

BuildTools is available on Google Play and the App Store.

3. Save Time and Money

Your time is valuable.

Construction project management apps help you maximize what you can accomplish with the hours you put in. Keep all of your projects at your fingertips, and make updates and changes wherever you are, with the touch of a button. Communicate seamlessly with anyone involved in your project.

Stop wasting time sifting through emails. Construction project management software streamlines your communication, so you can get in touch with anyone you need to, whenever you need to.  

When confusion about change orders comes up, your construction project management software has your back.

BuildTools makes approval or rejection simple and official with a digital signature. Don’t let handshake deals come back to haunt you. You can’t afford to flush money down the drain because your client has one understanding of a contract and you have another. Get approval instantaneously, and in writing with your app. Then, if you need to, you can look back through your records and show clients what was agreed upon.

You’ll save money on operations, too. By being more organized, you can keep your team on track, keeping a tight schedule and making sure your people are where they need to be when they need to be there.

Get the Support You Need

Switching over to a new process can be daunting, even if it’s the right move in the long term. But it doesn’t have to be.

Look for a software with reliable, easy-to-access customer support. Ask questions like, “Will there be someone there to answer my questions?”, “How do I go about asking a question?”, and “Do you provide training when I add new hires to my team?”.

BuildTools is a software company built by builders, for builders. We know that your hours are extremely valuable, and you’re on a tight schedule. So we designed BuildTools with your needs in mind.  Whether you choose to be completely hands-off in the implementation process or want to be involved every step of the way, our dedicated implementation team will ensure implementation goes as smoothly and quickly as possible so you can get up and running with BuildTools right away.

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Ready to see the impact BuildTools can have on your business? Schedule a demo today.