BuildTools Software Features List

BuildTools Software

The only construction management software built by a builder

3.82/5 (31 reviews)

BuildTools Software Feature Summary

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

Construction Feature Comparison

Most popular features of all Construction apps

API (20 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (23 other apps)
Activity Tracking (30 other apps)
Bid Management (22 other apps)
Change Order Management (32 other apps)
Contractor Management (19 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (18 other apps)
Data Import/Export (24 other apps)
Document Management (18 other apps)
Document Storage (28 other apps)
Estimating (32 other apps)
Multiple Projects (18 other apps)
Project Estimating (19 other apps)
Project Management (21 other apps)
Project Time Tracking (19 other apps)
Projections (60 other apps)
Real Time Updates (20 other apps)
Search Functionality (19 other apps)
Task Scheduling (19 other apps)
Timesheets (19 other apps)

Competitor Feature Comparison

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Automatic Reminders
Bid Management
Budget Control
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Change Tracking
Client Portal
Client Website Integration
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Contractor Management
Custom Fields
Custom User Interface
Customer Accounts
Customer Database
Customizable Approvals
Customizable Billing
Customizable Branding
Customizable Categories
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Electronic Signature Capture
Email Archiving
Email Marketing
Email Tracking
Employee Management
Employee Time Clock
Estimating
Event Logs
Expense Tracking
Financial Analysis
Financial Management
Gantt Charts
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
Overtime Tracking
Photo Albums
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
Purchase Order Management
Purchasing Management
Quality Control
QuickBooks Integration
Quote Management
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Updates
Recurring Tasks
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 Tracking by Client
Timesheets
To-Do List
User Photos
Video Management
Web Forms
Workflow Management
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API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Automatic Reminders
Bid Management
Budget Control
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Change Tracking
Client Portal
Client Website Integration
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Contractor Management
Custom Fields
Custom User Interface
Customer Accounts
Customer Database
Customizable Approvals
Customizable Billing
Customizable Branding
Customizable Categories
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Electronic Signature Capture
Email Archiving
Email Marketing
Email Tracking
Employee Management
Employee Time Clock
Estimating
Event Logs
Expense Tracking
Financial Analysis
Financial Management
Gantt Charts
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
Overtime Tracking
Photo Albums
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
Purchase Order Management
Purchasing Management
Quality Control
QuickBooks Integration
Quote Management
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Updates
Recurring Tasks
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 Tracking by Client
Timesheets
To-Do List
User Photos
Video Management
Web Forms
Workflow Management
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API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Automatic Reminders
Bid Management
Budget Control
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Change Tracking
Client Portal
Client Website Integration
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Contractor Management
Custom Fields
Custom User Interface
Customer Accounts
Customer Database
Customizable Approvals
Customizable Billing
Customizable Branding
Customizable Categories
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Electronic Signature Capture
Email Archiving
Email Marketing
Email Tracking
Employee Management
Employee Time Clock
Estimating
Event Logs
Expense Tracking
Financial Analysis
Financial Management
Gantt Charts
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
Overtime Tracking
Photo Albums
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
Purchase Order Management
Purchasing Management
Quality Control
QuickBooks Integration
Quote Management
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Updates
Recurring Tasks
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 Tracking by Client
Timesheets
To-Do List
User Photos
Video Management
Web Forms
Workflow Management
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Mobile apps

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BuildTools Software Feature Reviews

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

Ben Polley

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

2017-10-06

We have been able to tie together multiple geographically dispersed staff and simultaneously dispense with multiple different tools/desktop based software.

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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Jef Forward

2013-05-15

The task feature is an undersold feature of the program Working Gantt Chart versus Published schedule.

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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

General Back end items - making changes to the settings or back end items is not intuitive. 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

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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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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

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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 send messages and documents to the contractors electronically.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

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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

Our clients love the continual feedback (weekly updates) and appreciate how they can access pertinent information for their project virtually anywhere in the world at any time.

Pros

We send out the weekly reports (updates) on all of our jobs on Tuesdays.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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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

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Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools Software

Get a commitment on a training plan prior to purchase.

Source: Software Advice
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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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Source: Software Advice
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Stacy Ginn

Lots of functionality for the price!

2015-08-25

You can see in the way it functions it was designed by a builder.

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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

They can access anything from building permits to daily schedules and pictures of progress.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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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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Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

3/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools Software

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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Craig Modisher

2013-01-16

Maybe this is perfect for a smaller, one man operation, contractor. One of the other features that is nice about BuildTools is the selections entering and approval.

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Source: Software Advice
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Scott Bays

BuildTools is good for multiple users in various places to share.

2014-10-14

Pros

I like BuildTools' ease of use.

Cons

I'd like to click multiple at a time to make it much faster.

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Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools Software

Take your time to learn the program. There are many different functions that can really help you.

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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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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Eric Kurber

Decent program, lacking training & customer service

2014-12-13

Pros

It has a good budget and schedule.

Cons

They are typically easy to get ahold of initially but did not have answers and had to get back to us.

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Likelihood to recommend

4/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools Software

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

Source: Software Advice
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Randy Ettinger

A work in progress!

2016-05-01

Pros

However, the tech support always does their best to help you figure it out! 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.

Rating breakdown

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Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

6/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools Software

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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jeffrey snair

Good but not for commercial g.c's

2016-10-13

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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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

1/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools Software

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

Source: Software Advice
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Jon Schoenheider

2011-06-01

We have used BuildTools since January and it has been everything that we were looking for in a online management system.

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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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Carl Bast

2013-01-28

I custom designed and built a complete back end and customer friendly Web based system.

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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.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools Software

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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Aayah Guardado

Worst construction management tool I have ever used

2017-02-17

No one was able to understand how to utilize it and no real templates were available.

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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oshi hizkiya

good customer service but its extremely slow

2016-08-30

Pros

good customer service, but you will need them quiet many times.

Cons

extremely slow for people which time is an asset, many basic stuff dont exist

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Time used: 1-2 years

Likelihood to recommend

3/10

Recommendations to others considering BuildTools Software

inexpensive but you get what you pay for.young software which has at least 3-5 years to consider it.

Source: Software Advice
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Matt Gowler

2013-05-14

The functionality of that interface wasn't working and I was told that it's coming on the next update.

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