Clear Estimates Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Clear Estimates

Cloud-based contracting estimation tool for builders

4.53/5 (111 reviews)

Clear Estimates overview

What is Clear Estimates?

Clear Estimates is a cloud-based construction estimating solution that provides cost and pricing data of more than 400 areas across the US. Pricing information related to parts is updated automatically on a quarterly basis through the software's integration with RemodelMax. The tool enables contractors to determine project cost, manage part library, maintain project database and produce proposals.

Clear Estimates offers customizable in-built templates for cost estimation of various job types including garages, bathrooms, and kitchens. The tool provides a complete estimate to contractors when they select a template and add square footage of the job. They can also add or remove parts or change the pricing details to generate job-specific estimates.

Clear Estimates helps in proposal creation by enabling remodelers or contractors to simply add parts to pre-defined templates. Each part has pre-written contract language which allows users to generate proposals automatically. These proposals can be custom-branded with the company’s logo, phone number, and address.

Clear Estimates can be accessed through any web browser on mobile devices also. As the text size on smartphone or tablet appears very small, it should only be used to check bid prices or other updates. Entire estimate creation takes longer on small screen, but users can still try it through their tablets by using pre-defined templates only.

Clear Estimates provides a full-feature, 30-day free trial.

Pricing

Starting from
$59/month
Pricing options
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Free trial
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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
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Clear Estimates user reviews

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Lynette C.

Super time saver

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-11-03
Review Source: Capterra

The customer service is outstanding. I had a one-on-one call with CSR to help with a few questions I had, and he was extremely helpful - patiently explaining those things I was confused about. With the new search feature, I am now extremely happy with this product and am very glad to have found it.

Pros
How much faster it is to put accurate estimates together. I also like ability to adjust the labor rates and hourly multiplier for bigger crews. The templates help make sure I don't miss including necessary parts to the proposals, and the ability to edit items for individual jobs is easy and convenient.

Cons
At this time, it does not integrate with QuickBooks Online, something that I have been told they are working toward. I found adding Alternates to the quote to be a little confusing with all the different areas that they can be entered, and still do to a certain extent.

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Lynette! Thank you so much for the feedback. We're thrilled to hear you are enjoying the recent changes. Everything we have done is based on our customer feedback. The new search feature should allow for much faster estimating. Our Quickbooks online integration is coming very soon. Within the next couple weeks, actually! I'll have a member of our team reach out regarding alternates - we're happy to provide a more in depth explanation about those. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Joel M.

Best investment in construction

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-24
Review Source: Capterra

The biggest benefit to this is having accurate quoting. Since I started using it, I was able to increase my profit margins from 10% to 30% and capture more clients along the way.

Pros
This is easily one of the best investments I have ever purchased. With quarterly pricing updates and customization proposal forms, it allows me to stand out from other companies with clear and professional quotes and bids. I've done over 100 bids on here and probably capture 80%-90% of the clients.

Cons
This doesn't have a simple feature to convert my quotes into itemized invoices once completed. If it had that feature, this would be all that I would need. It took a while to get used to and to modify for my needs (and I still need to change a few things), but once I got the templates set up, it was fine. Some of the categories use the wrong labor code so I have to pay attention, but that is relatively a small deal.

Response from Clear Estimates


Thanks for taking the time to write this, Joel! It's great to hear the software has not only helped increase professionalism but also increase your margins! Our team is actually working on a feature to itemize invoicing. This is something we're very excited about and will let you know when it is active. Thanks again - The Clear Estimates Team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Ricardo G.

Happy

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2021-03-20
Review Source: Capterra

I can estimate a price with out worry to check on material price at stores

Pros
Pricing updated , costumer support. Able to convert to a written estimate

Cons
Able to track a job proses , send invoice ,

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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marty h.

Review Clear Estimates

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2016-07-25
Review Source: Capterra

Never heard about web based upgrade. was using old version till saw Wyatt's presentation using the upgraded system. Would have been nice to hear from CE that this was available. Much better application for my business.

Pros
Keeps me organized and on track, I dont miss anything on quote.

Cons
Very glitchy, many time need to get out of program and sign back in when it freezes or fails to respond

Response from Clear Estimates


Marty, thanks for writing us a review. I'm sorry that you were not notified when our software became cloud based. This is something we should have alerted you to. With that said, we are happy that our software keeps you on track and organized. Thank you for being such a loyal customer of Clear Estimates. - The Clear Estimates Team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Grant K.

Well-Designed Estimating Software for Small to Mid-Sized Construction Businesses

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2021-01-23
Review Source: Capterra

Clear Estimates has saved me countless hours over the past few months. I used Contractor Foreman previously and Clear Estimates may not include as many project management-related features, but it is far and away the better choice for putting together estimates, quotes, and project proposals.

Pros
Once you modify the provided tasks to fit the projects you do and the way you bid your work, Clear Estimates allows you to bid out the standard components of a project by the piece or by area. If you track the actual time and materials required to complete a particular component over many jobs and get an accurate figure for the per piece or per square foot cost, this method of bidding can save you a huge amount of time by allowing you to extrapolate from the number of pieces/area of the installation to an accurate estimate of the time and materials required. Once the library of pieces has been built out or adapted, you can create a finished estimate in a few minutes.

Cons
The system for adding sales tax to a proposal is a little clunky, but if you're familiar with the various tax rates in your work area, it's only a minor inconvenience.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Clear Estimates pricing

Starting from
$59/month
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
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Monthly Plan: $59/month
6-month Plan: $53/month
Annual Plan: $47/month
The vendor offers first month FREE without any obligations.

Clear Estimates features

Accounting Integration
Bid Management
Change Order Management
Contractor Management
Data Import/Export
Estimating
Job Costing
Mobile Access
Project Management
Projections
Quotes/Estimates
Reporting/Analytics

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Additional information for Clear Estimates

Key features of Clear Estimates

  • Price data / price books
  • Building product database
  • Contract management
  • Cost database
  • Design input
  • Interface to accounting
  • Project management
  • Calculators
  • Import / Export data
  • Change order management
  • Customer database
  • Customizable branding
  • Customizable templates
  • Estimating
  • Mobile integration
  • Project templates
  • Proposal generation
  • Search functionality
  • Template management
  • Text editing
  • Third party integration
  • Contractor management
  • Labor cost reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Customizable fields
  • Cost estimating
  • Project estimating
  • Contract drafting
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Benefits

● Clear Estimates enables contractors to customize the boilerplate language which gives a professional look to the proposals and makes them look like legal contracts.

● The tool helps to avoid the repetition of similar work for each estimate by providing the option duplicate a project or component, which creates an editable copy of the existing lookalike project.

● Clear Estimates provides an import/export feature which allows contractors or remodelers to share pre-existing customizable templates with other team members.

● The solution allows users to modify the overall cost of a job by changing the prices of individual items; material, labor, and subcontractor; considered for cost calculation.

● Clear Estimates integrates with QuickBooks and allows users to export project and customer information in *.IIF file format which can be imported to QuickBooks.