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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Keep Your Crew, Subs, and Clients Safe

With the onset of COVID-19, remote working has suddenly become the norm for millions of people. As economies begin to open, several companies have confirmed that employees will still be able to continue remote working and that may be the new normal for many organizations. But not everyone can work from home.  

During the lockdown, there was a spotlight on those frontline and essential workers who provided necessary services while many hands-on sectors saw a complete shutdown of operations. It’s hard to build your client’s dream home when you can’t get your hands on supplies you need, and you must stay six feet apart. The good news is that technology presents a unique opportunity for custom home builders, remodelers, and contractors returning to work. 

While the pandemic’s long-term impact on the global workforce remains to be seen, digital technology can still play a pivotal role in helping the residential construction industry get back on its feet. According to McKinsey Global Institute’s Industry Digitization Index, the construction sector is routinely one of the world’s least digitized. 

When you look at a typical construction project, the challenges for digital are understandable: 

  • They involve many independent subcontractors, trade partners, and vendors with little-to-no incentive to use a new tool 
  • Budgets for new technology are often small or non-existent 
  • Projects vary in scope, so it can be hard to develop repeatable or scalable processes 
  • Most of the building process happens on the job site, not the office, which makes it hard to use software if it’s only developed for an office environment   

But these shouldn’t be reasons to completely write technology off, especially now when the health and safety of your crew, subcontractors, and clients is a top priority. Remote collaboration tools can help builders get back to work and get projects moving again. The key is to look for software developed specifically for builders with features to support the processes you already have in place for budgetingbid managementschedulingselectionschange orders, and accounting.  

Here are some of the ways builders are using construction management software to safely run their business: 

Photos and weekly progress reports 

Part of the excitement of building a dream home is getting to see it materialize from the ground up. Your clients may no longer feel comfortable visiting the job site and you want to keep them offsite as much as possible to guarantee the safety of both them and your crew. 

A construction management tool enables you to share progress photos and weekly reports with clients, so they still get to see their home taking shape. The weekly report will also notify them of any scheduling changes they need to be aware of as well as change orders that require their attention, so they’re in the loop throughout the entire process.  

Daily logs 

You need to know what’s happening at the job site, which is where daily logs come in. Track who is supposed to be at the site on any given day and see what they accomplished. Know when deliveries arrive on site so you can have someone there to sign for them and ensure the safety of your crew and the delivery driver. 

You can also keep notes about projects, so things don’t fall through the cracks. This is a best practice to consider if you’re dealing with scheduling conflicts or vendor changes. If you have new crew members or subcontractors coming on to the project, they can catch up on progress quickly and know exactly where to start.  

Virtual communication 

Effective communication is critical during the building process and it’s even more important with physical distancing measures in place. You can text, call, or email, but with separate conversations happening across a variety of platforms, something is bound to get missed.  

A construction project management tool can centralize your conversations in one easy-to-use application that’s accessible from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Easily search and find information you need instead of sifting through your inbox, tag people to ask questions and confirm project details, and ensure everyone stays up to date even if they’re not on the job site.  

Document storage 

Stop passing paper around and centralize your documents in one place with a construction management solution. In the field or behind your desk, you and your team will have access to view and upload all job-related files from wherever you are. You can control permission on which documents you want to share with clients and subcontractors. Everyone has access to the information they need without having to physically pass documents from one person to the next. 

Adjusting to the new normal 

As you adjust your processes to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in a project, it might be time to look at how a construction project management app like BuildTools can help you tackle the new normal and grow your business beyond what you could do with pen and paper or spreadsheets.  

Visit the ECI blog for more information, tips, and best practices on adjusting to the new normal. 

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How Builders Can Thrive In the New Normal

As residential construction ramps up again and many builders, remodelers, and contractors return to work, construction site health is a top priority. Clear municipal and federal guidelines have been implemented to ensure safety on job sites, including best practices like washing your hands often, using hand sanitizer, sneezing and coughing into your sleeve, and not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. But there are also more stringent physical distancing measures in place that are harder to work around.  

Custom projects involve a lot of people and moving parts, and a job site can be a high-traffic area with project managers, subcontractors, and clients coming and going on a regular basis. The onset of COVID-19 meant a near shutdown for many builders. Projects were put on pause and construction sites remained largely empty for much of March and April.  

The latest stats from several research groups show a positive upward trend. Demand for new homes is 25% above pre-pandemic levels, even when seasonally adjusted (Source: Redfin). Despite the slow down in supply of new homes, the demand keeps increasing as local economies reopen and buyers come out in full force. The Meyers Research New Home Pending Sales Index (PSI) showed that pending new home sales continued the rebound that started in mid-April and posted a 16.7% month-over-month increase in May. 

These are all good signs for custom builders and remodelers, but if COVID-19 has made anything clear about how the residential construction industry approaches technology, it’s that managing projects the old-fashioned way isn’t going to cut it. On the best of days, managing custom projects can be chaotic and overwhelming. You’ve got to manage budgets, schedules, selections, subcontractors, and clients.  

Throw a global pandemic in the mix, and it’s clear that not all builders have what they need to manage their business remotely or quickly adjust to sudden changes on projects. Technology has enabled many builders to weather the storm successfully while those managing operations with manual, pen-and-paper processes may have been left behind.  

Let’s look at the top five ways that technology can help custom builders and remodelers adapt and navigate the new normal: 

1. Keep projects on track as schedules change 

As local economies open, it’s important to keep in mind that everything isn’t back to normal yet. Things could easily change depending on public health and safety guidelines, which would mean quickly adjusting your schedules to reflect new milestones, timelines, and projected completion dates. Luckily, a construction project management tool like BuildTools with robust, easy-to-use scheduling can help you make those changes quickly and communicate them to the right people. 

2. Understand your financials 

One of the hardest things to manage during a project is money coming in and going out. Selections, bids, change orders, purchase orders—all these can have a huge impact on your budget. During slow periods and ramp-ups, it’s important that you know what your project budgets are and how much money you have on hand to manage your operations. Software like BuildTools provides financial information at a glance, so you know what you’re working with. It also integrates with QuickBooks® and Xero® so you can avoid the mistakes that come with double entries and manual data input.  

3. Adjust selections and approve change orders  

As vendors and suppliers run into issues with fulfillment due to COVID-19, you may have to adjust selections to keep your projects on track. New tile or flooring doesn’t mean your clients can’t have their dream home, but it’s important to communicate these changes quickly and get change orders approved to ensure updates are communicated to everyone involved, your budget is accurate, and your subs have what they need to get the job done. BuildTools comes with selections and change order modules that automatically adjust your budget and enable you to communicate updates to subs quickly to avoid costly errors.  

4. Safely communicate progress with clients 

Having to stay six feet apart can really put a damper on the custom-building process for your clients. They can’t necessarily stop by the job site to see progress in person, but you can keep them involved every step of the way with photos and weekly progress reports. The weekly reports include more than just photos, though. It includes everything that was completed that week as well as new and updated change orders that might require their attention, so your clients are up to date on the work being done without ever having to step on the job site.  

5. Virtual communication with your team and subs 

The best way to keep your crew and subs safe is to leverage virtual communication. Businesses across all industries are investing in remote working tools to help their teams communicate and the residential construction sector is no different. Say goodbye to separate conversations across phone, text, and email. BuildTools centralizes all communications in a unified inbox. You can see every message from anyone involved in a project and easily respond from within the app. You can keep your distance without losing sight of the project with construction project management.  

Rise to the challenge with BuildTools 

Your business doesn’t have to be put on hold because of COVID-19. With the right project management tool behind you, you can safely adapt to the new normal and continue doing what you love—building.  

Visit the ECI blog for more information, tips, and best practices on adjusting to the new normal. 

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