BuildTools Features

BuildTools

Construction management built by builders, for builders.

3.77/5 (33 reviews)

BuildTools Feature Summary

  • 256-bit SSL in SAS 70 datacenter
  • Daily backup
  • Changes notified automatically
  • Automatic reminders
  • Communication management
  • Custom projects
  • Customizable reports
  • A single source for all project related documents
  • Job cost management
  • Project management
  • Integration with QuickBooks
  • 256-bit SSL
  • View project management schedules
  • Task tracking
  • Integrates with other applications
  • Timesheets
  • Budgeting
  • API
  • Upload photos

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API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Automatic Adjustments
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Budget Control
Budgeting
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Contractor Management
Custom Fields
Customer Accounts
Customer Database
Customizable Branding
Customizable Categories
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Electronic Signature Capture
Email Marketing Management
Email Tracking
Employee Management
Event Logs
Expense Tracking
Financial Analysis
Financial Management
Gantt Charts
Inspection Management
Issue Management
Issue Tracking
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Scheduling
Job Tracking
Lead Distribution
Lead Management
Lead Scoring
Mobile Alerts
Mobile Signature Capture
Multiple Projects
Multiple User Accounts
Order Tracking
Overtime Tracking
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Project Accounting
Project Budgeting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Notes
Project Templates
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
Proposal Generation
Quality Assurance
Quality Control
QuickBooks Integration
Quote Management
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Updates
Recurring Tasks
Reminders
SSL Security
Sales Reporting
Secure Login
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
Summary Reports
Supplier Management
Survey Management
Task Scheduling
Task Tracking
Third Party Integration
Time & Expense Tracking
Time Clock
Timesheets
To-Do List
User Photos
Video Management
Workflow Management
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API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Automatic Adjustments
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Budget Control
Budgeting
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Contractor Management
Custom Fields
Customer Accounts
Customer Database
Customizable Branding
Customizable Categories
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Electronic Signature Capture
Email Marketing Management
Email Tracking
Employee Management
Event Logs
Expense Tracking
Financial Analysis
Financial Management
Gantt Charts
Inspection Management
Issue Management
Issue Tracking
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Scheduling
Job Tracking
Lead Distribution
Lead Management
Lead Scoring
Mobile Alerts
Mobile Signature Capture
Multiple Projects
Multiple User Accounts
Order Tracking
Overtime Tracking
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Project Accounting
Project Budgeting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Notes
Project Templates
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
Proposal Generation
Quality Assurance
Quality Control
QuickBooks Integration
Quote Management
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Updates
Recurring Tasks
Reminders
SSL Security
Sales Reporting
Secure Login
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
Summary Reports
Supplier Management
Survey Management
Task Scheduling
Task Tracking
Third Party Integration
Time & Expense Tracking
Time Clock
Timesheets
To-Do List
User Photos
Video Management
Workflow Management
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API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Automatic Adjustments
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Budget Control
Budgeting
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Contractor Management
Custom Fields
Customer Accounts
Customer Database
Customizable Branding
Customizable Categories
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Electronic Signature Capture
Email Marketing Management
Email Tracking
Employee Management
Event Logs
Expense Tracking
Financial Analysis
Financial Management
Gantt Charts
Inspection Management
Issue Management
Issue Tracking
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Scheduling
Job Tracking
Lead Distribution
Lead Management
Lead Scoring
Mobile Alerts
Mobile Signature Capture
Multiple Projects
Multiple User Accounts
Order Tracking
Overtime Tracking
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Project Accounting
Project Budgeting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Notes
Project Templates
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
Proposal Generation
Quality Assurance
Quality Control
QuickBooks Integration
Quote Management
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Updates
Recurring Tasks
Reminders
SSL Security
Sales Reporting
Secure Login
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
Summary Reports
Supplier Management
Survey Management
Task Scheduling
Task Tracking
Third Party Integration
Time & Expense Tracking
Time Clock
Timesheets
To-Do List
User Photos
Video Management
Workflow Management
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Mobile apps

iOS App


3 reviews

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Android App


0 reviews

BuildTools Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about BuildTools's features:

Ben Polley

Transformational. Scaleable. Powerful. Appropriately priced and with solid support.

2017-10-06

It has increased our ability to monitor work performance, share experiences and ensure continuity of work during staff absences as all project information is always available to all permitted users from virtualy any device.

Pros

This has allowed us to perform not only almost all major business functions: selections & client management, change order documentation, communications, bids procurement, budget monitoring, scheduling, and invoicing but also other important but less well promoted capabilities such as daily logs (for health, safety & schedule deviation monitoring), meeting minutes that permit tasks to be assigned & tracked (for use with clients, subcontractors/suppliers, or internally) among others.

Cons

The advantage of having so many features can also be a detriment to new users, for whom learning and navigating the system may be overwhelming at first. This is exacerbated by weak FAQs/video tutorials and lack of proactive hints/suggestions as to how to get the most out of the software. However if one is patient and implements the system section by section as each are successively mastered and while doing so makes use of the excellent and always responsive (and free) support staff, then this shortcoming can be overcome, revealing all of the features and capabilities.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jessica Maldonado

Lost thousands of dollars due to Buildtools bug

2020-06-22

Losing thousands of dollars due to our project management software is obviously not what any business needs or wants.

Pros

I like the drag and drop feature in the Documents section

Cons

I did a reconciliation of just a few projects and found $5,000 in fees that the program didn't collect or give us any sort of red flag.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Software Advice
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Jim Marzullo

Powerful, but needs a better user interface to be completely useful

2014-07-06

Pros

The tool contains all the features that you are looking for in a product like this; scheduling, task list, document storage, etc.

Cons

While all the tools are there, the interface and integration of these tools needs to be more integrated.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools

Get a commitment on a training plan prior to purchase.

Source: Software Advice
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Kim Cieplik

Build tools has been very helpful for our business, and for our clients

2017-10-17

Pros

Ability for client log ins, lead tracking, Financial and Change order processes, the customer support team is great, reports, and the client dashboard.

Cons

We updated our cost codes this year and making those changes on the back end and then the front end was difficult to do.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Stacy Ginn

Lots of functionality for the price!

2015-08-25

We were searching for a full-service, online based construction management system with client interface. Build Tools has delivered.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Terry Wardell

2013-10-23

We selected BuildTools because of the integrated job costing with client and design team management features.

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Customer support
Source: Software Advice
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Jef Forward

2013-05-15

We produce design in house, and then provide construction services with in-house project managers and carpenters, as well as subcontractors performing the work.

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Customer support
Source: Software Advice
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Derek Buchanan

It's perfect for smaller companies that gives you everything you need, and nothing that you don't.

2017-10-09

Ability to track the schedule, budget and project health and history at the press of a button.

Pros

I can track the health of my project much easier and it helps add structure to our company organization.

Cons

It occasionally will have minor glitches or lags where I will need to refresh my browser and re-try.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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John Daly

Buildtools delivers! We love this product.

2011-06-24

Compared to all of the other products we reviewed, nothing came close to the features and ease of use that BuildTools offers.

Pros

We actually now schedule projects without ever speaking with subcontractors. We publish the schedule and update as things change.

Cons

None. The buildtools team has been quick to respond to our requests for new features, and training was very simple.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Kenny Brown

Best Available

2020-10-22

We are very happy with BuildTools using it since 2013.

Pros

BuildTools has a great budget module which ties to the financial system, a great purchase order system and change order tracking.

Cons

The selection module could be tweaked to include more features (text formatting for example and list building within descriptions)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Lain Chappell

We have been using Build Tools for several years now. We appreciate the attention to the details.

2017-10-18

We have been using Build Tools for several years now and love the way it helps us stay up to date with our projects for our clients.

Pros

Build Tools has done an excellent job at listening to what the customer needs in their software development.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jessica Moore

I appreciate the value of Build Tools to communicate with our clients and trades.

2017-10-05

Keeping the project managers of each job on schedule with their daily logs and for purchasing by sending PO's to trade partners to be confirmed as well as change orders to be reviewed and approved by the client.

Pros

I like that our clients and trades can see the progress of their home as it is being built from start to finish. They can access anything from building permits to daily schedules and pictures of progress. It's a wonderful way to schedule your trades in advance as well to ensure they will be there when they are needed and lets the clients know who will be out at their home and when.

Cons

There is no way to create a master schedule for all the jobs for in-house use in terms of accountability.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Eric Kurber

Decent program, lacking training & customer service

2014-12-13

Pros

The interface is easy to navigate.

Cons

After the initial set up/sales process, most interaction is handed off to their third party tech support.

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Likelihood to recommend

4/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools

Dig into them as deep as possible before investing too much time and money into implementation.

Source: Software Advice
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Heather White

The software is very slow. It is cloud based but lags.

2016-01-19

Pros

We load all projects into the software with ease.

Cons

The biggest issue is when we attempt to login it can take a while to pull up the site. Sometimes I just give up. This has happend numerous times. It is not efficient when you cannot access the program.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

3/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools

Check out the speed of the program. This is a cloud based program and we always have trouble logging on. It is not my internet provider. I have Comcast at office and ATT at home. I have also used Charter. My experience has been the same. I use Macbook pro.

Source: Software Advice
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Jon Schoenheider

2013-02-18

The clients love it because we are able to store all selections, communicate with them more timely, schedule the home, handle change order and in general keep them up to date more efficiently.

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Source: Software Advice
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Randy Ettinger

A work in progress!

2016-05-01

Pros

The scheduling and warranty modules are the easiest to work with and once you figure out an appropriate notification regime for your company, you can get the schedules to work.

Cons

After using schedules and warranty for two years, we are dying to try selections, budgets, and PO's....and integrate into Quickbooks.

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Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

6/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools

Be very careful and talk to real users. The software guys don't always really know what its like out there in the field.

Source: Software Advice
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Jim Minton

2013-05-18

We are in the process of sending a project out for bid now and decided to use BuildTools for that purpose.

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Source: Software Advice
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Jon Schoenheider

2011-06-01

This is a part of our sales process and it has been an easy tool for our team and customers to implement The BuildTools team responds quickly and fluidly to ideas and complications.

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Source: Software Advice
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Lain Chappell

2013-01-29

BuildTools now gives us the ability to track job schedules, communicate to clients immediately of any changes, show current status of the jobsite (upload photos from our smart phones from the jobsite), and keeping track of all the job specific information that goes on behind the scene that the customer does not see.

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Source: Software Advice
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Aayah Guardado

Worst construction management tool I have ever used

2017-02-17

Getting in contact with customer service for help wasn't very easy either.

Pros

Cost was pretty low

Cons

Everything else

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Craig Modisher

2013-01-16

There are other features to the interface that are not intuitive.

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Source: Software Advice
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Carl Bast

2013-01-28

Complete with all customer colors, selection, change orders, contracts, dynamic lot selection, and a flash drag and drop floor plan interface. Implementation is still underway, we started with service and plan to load some clients in selection next month without adding there email address yet but extending them a logon.

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Source: Software Advice
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Dan Grammatico

Buildtools is a good product that is still young and needs some work.

2015-04-15

Pros

I like that everything has been centralized. I helps keep everybody in the office in the "know" 24/7. I also like the customer communication aspect they can log in and check everything anytime.

Cons

The company is very good at helping however some things need to be changed by the software developers.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

5/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools

Define what your needs are and make sure this product does what you want.

Source: Software Advice
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Mark Molthan

BuildTools helps me sell more houses.

2014-06-25

Pros

They are very responsive, and it's a great tool for our customers to see and use.

Cons

The schedule software has to reload to line date up to the columns. It's not a big deal, but you have to refresh the screen on the working schedule part.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools

All softwares take time to implement. If you do not have a full commitment from the entire company to move forward with a better way of doing it, then it will be a struggle.

Source: Software Advice
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jeffrey snair

Good but not for commercial g.c's

2016-10-13

We have used Buildtools for about 2 years and are finding it not a good fit for us anymore. As a commercial general contractor we struggle to use Buildtools because it lacks some detail and features we need.

Pros

Fast, streamlined and simple, good customer service. Nice style and presentation..

Cons

Too residential, limited features, no sub contract change orders, no way to resend purchase agreements or sub contracts.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

1/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools

This is a good option if you are a 1-2 company for residential construction.

Source: Software Advice
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