Clear Estimates Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Clear Estimates

Cloud-based contracting estimation tool for builders

4.65/5 (85 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
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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
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Clear Estimates reviews

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Zack Burns

Only great experiences using Clear Estimates!

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-22
Review Source: Capterra

I've been a Clear Estimates subscriber for several years now and couldn't imagine what I'd do without the program.

Pros
I'm not very technologically advanced and struggle greatly with estimates as well. Clear estimates was as easy to work with as possible and the real selling point for me is their amazing customer service. I will never be great at using any software but several times I have emailed questions or called their customer support and I have always been able to speak with a live person who smoothly assists me through my issues. The quick response time is amazing and I have grown to count on their availability to help me with any issues and they have never let me down.

Cons
If I had to choose I guess I'd like it to be a bit cheaper but in all honesty it is a really good value and worth every cent. But who doesn't want everything a bit cheaper?

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Zack! We appreciate you taking the time to write this. It's our priority to familiarize you with the program and to help you resolve any issues should they come up. It's great to hear our support staff has been helpful in doing so. Thank you for taking the time to write this and know that we will continue to provide you with the best tool we can. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Joel Meyers

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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Kim Maggio

Overall a good product

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2016-07-20
Review Source: Capterra

We have been overall happy with the program. It is really hard to teach someone new how to use it though. We have a new employee and there have been several huge mistakes that have costs our company money in the long run due to over seeing some things.

Pros
Produces estimates fast, great to keep track of jobs, easy to change estimates for customers, cuts down on the time spent on the estimate

Cons
The search function is not great at all. It take a long time and rarely find what you need. The organization of parts seems to not be consistent. Sometimes the removal of things are within the right categories and sometimes they are in a general category. It is very time consuming to have to look in both categories. It does not integrate with quickbooks, which would make sending estimates a lot easier. Right now we have to save to word and then go to email and select the document to send to a customer, very time consuming.

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Kim,
Thank you so much for taking the time for writing the review, we really appreciate it and glad you are generally happy with the product.

I'll get in touch with you to hear more about the error you were talking about with your new employee. We're always looking for ways to improve the software so hearing about a problem like that will help us avoid it in the future.

We also do integrate with Quickbooks, so I'll help you work through that.

Jack
Clear Estimates Support

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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marty hoye

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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Walter Marchand

Personal Review

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2016-08-02
Review Source: Capterra

I have used the software and do appreciate the way it does the calculation. There are some areas that could use improving. Most of my estimating is for outdoor structures and may be it is me but it is hard to find a set of items that I use in my work. We do structures for outside like water features, fire features, Pergolas... It may be because i do not know where to look to find these items. I know I can construct my own I just do not have the time. I have also found that the prices our a tad high for my region even though I use a local area for cost estimating. If it is possible for there to be an area for the above items to be added would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy using the software.

Pros
Help out a good bit in my estimating . Like how items are arranged in there categories. I need to attend a call to help me set up some of the line items listed above. Love how the customer support is always there to help!!!! Love the way that allows you to go in and change/manipulate the results.

Cons
Could have categories in other areas. What I do not like about the software has it benefits as well . When you input the customer info it draws on past results which is awesome but at the same time it can be a issue. Not that much of a bigge

Response from Clear Estimates


Thanks for the kind words, Walter. We are glad to hear that our software has improved your estimates. As you know, Clear Estimates is fully customizable, allowing you to create as many line items as you wish. I would be happy to set up a call with you to explain how to create some custom outdoor features. Be on the look out for an email. - The Clear Estimates Team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Clear Estimates pricing

Starting from
$59/month
Pricing options
Free trial
Subscription
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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

Change Order Management
Data Import/Export
Estimating
Project Estimating
Projections

API (37 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (48 other apps)
Activity Tracking (45 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (36 other apps)
Bid Management (43 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (49 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (36 other apps)
Document Management (46 other apps)
Document Storage (42 other apps)
Job Costing (37 other apps)
Project Management (60 other apps)
Project Tracking (41 other apps)
Real Time Updates (35 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (40 other apps)
Subcontractor Management (40 other apps)

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.