Clear Estimates Features

Clear Estimates

Cloud-based contracting estimation tool for builders

4.54/5 (112 reviews)

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Cost Estimating
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Accounting Integration
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Audit Trail
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Building Product Database
CRM
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Client Tracking
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Communication Management
Contract Drafting
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Cost Database
Cost Estimating
Cost Tracking
Customer Database
Customer Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Electronic Signature
Estimating
Expense Tracking
File Sharing
For AEC Industry
Gantt/Timeline View
Historical Database
Incident Reporting
Invoice Management
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Scheduling
Job Tracking
Labor Cost Reporting
Lead Management
Mobile Access
Mobile Alerts
Multiple Projects
Multiple User Accounts
Permit Management
Progress Tracking
Project Accounting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Scheduling
Project Templates
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
Proposal Generation
Purchase Order Management
QuickBooks Integration
Quotes/Estimates
Real Time Monitoring
Real-time Updates
Reporting/Analytics
Rescheduling
Residential
Sales Pipeline Management
Scheduling
Search/Filter
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
Supplier Management
Task Management
Task Progress Tracking
Task Scheduling
Template Management
Text Editing
Third Party Integrations
Time & Expense Tracking
Timesheet Management
Warranty Tracking
What-if Analysis
Workflow Management
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Accounting Integration
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Audit Trail
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Building Product Database
CRM
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Client Tracking
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Communication Management
Contract Drafting
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Cost Database
Cost Estimating
Cost Tracking
Customer Database
Customer Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Electronic Signature
Estimating
Expense Tracking
File Sharing
For AEC Industry
Gantt/Timeline View
Historical Database
Incident Reporting
Invoice Management
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Scheduling
Job Tracking
Labor Cost Reporting
Lead Management
Mobile Access
Mobile Alerts
Multiple Projects
Multiple User Accounts
Permit Management
Progress Tracking
Project Accounting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Scheduling
Project Templates
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
Proposal Generation
Purchase Order Management
QuickBooks Integration
Quotes/Estimates
Real Time Monitoring
Real-time Updates
Reporting/Analytics
Rescheduling
Residential
Sales Pipeline Management
Scheduling
Search/Filter
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
Supplier Management
Task Management
Task Progress Tracking
Task Scheduling
Template Management
Text Editing
Third Party Integrations
Time & Expense Tracking
Timesheet Management
Warranty Tracking
What-if Analysis
Workflow Management
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Clear Estimates Feature Reviews

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

Grant K.

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

2021-01-23

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.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Paul M.

Better than other branded estimating tools

2017-02-27

I love the reports and the quotes I can generate because they are highly professional.

Pros

Ease of use and intuitive

Cons

Some times the prices and text need to be altered to fit a particular project. The tools for doing customization could be easier.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Clear Estimates

It would be great if it included a drafting tool so that you can shape a room with dimensions and then use that as the baseline for estimates--already having the linear and square footage would help me from having to add it over and over again.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Paul,

Thanks for the feedback. We're glad you find CE to be easy to use. A drafting tool would be a nice idea - I will bring it up in our next meeting!

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Steve S.

Clear Estimates Review - Quality Renovations

2016-07-25

Prior to Clear Estimates I was using Excel spreadsheets to prepare estimates which, looking back, really left a lot of money on the table for me, as a contractor. Using Clear Estimates has not only allowed me to see the "going rates" but it also has allowed me to start charging the going rates.

Pros

Ease of use, customer support, reports look very professional

Cons

Wish there was an easier way to track changes to a proposal which would allow me to see old vs new; an invoicing module would be a great add-on

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Steve, we're happy to hear that our software has taken your estimating to the next level! Thanks for being such a loyal customer! - The Clear Estimates Team

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Kim M.

Overall a good product

2016-07-20

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

It does not integrate with quickbooks, which would make sending estimates a lot easier.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Clear Estimates

It would really be helpful to put removal and install of work in the same category and be consistent.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

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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Bryan R.

Very satisfied with this product -- been using about 10 years.

2017-11-17

Providing customers with a quote using Clear Estimates adds credibility and professionalism to our company image.

Pros

allows you to provide potential customers with an accurate estimate, including all aspects of the project

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Bryan. Thanks for taking the time to write this. First of all, we want to thank you for your continued support over the years. We're happy to hear Clear Estimates helps you provide accurate, professional looking estimates. The sales process of a bid is very important to us, and we want to make sure you can win the most important ones. Know that we will do our best to continue to provide a quality product. Let us know if you have any questions! - The Clear Estimates Team

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Greg L.

Lee Remodling

2016-07-28

I am a remodling contractor. I use it to give estimates to my customers.

Pros

I like the professional reports it generates.

Cons

It is a little difficult to change the wording of the descriptions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Clear Estimates

Make is so you can change the wording before you send it to report without having to add it to the tools.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Greg, thank you for the kind words and useful feedback. We're glad that you are finding our software helpful and wish you the best going forward. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Eric T. M.

Very helpful for bidding jobs!

2017-10-31

Professional estimates.

Pros

The constantly updated materials and labor costs based on my geographical area is invaluable! I also like the flexibility to adjust pricing.

Cons

Can be a bit time consuming putting all the bid pieces together.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Eric. Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're thrilled to hear our up to date pricing is helping you win bids. It's also nice to hear that you have been able to customize bids to fit each specific project. Just a few weeks ago, we did release a Pro version of Clear Estimates. Pro allows you to invoice for each bid you create. We would be happy to enroll you in a free trial of Pro should you be interested. Thanks again, Eric. Take care! - The Clear Estimates Team

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Vaibhav M.

Big relief if you need quick estimates

2018-12-24

Pros

A quick customized estimate is the only thing that a small contractor would need.

Cons

Once a labour portion is added to your master database it uses it for all of the project created from that time on wards.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Nathan B.

Good value, helps reduce overexposure to poor bidding

2017-12-08

Good value for those with constant sales revenue and estimating needs.

Pros

Pricing in line with industry standard easy to use somewhat mobile friendly Can update and make your own templates

Cons

Does not integrate with CoConstruct Templates can be a burden to adjust brands, would be nice if some pre loaded appliance and cabinet brands where in the estimating software i.e.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Terry B.

Overall good estimating software but lacks estimating for larger projects.

2017-12-06

Pros

Easy to learn and use then customize the quotes. Does feature pre-built estimate groups for certain projects.

Cons

Prices for planning and permitting are grossly underestimated, planning is about half of what it should be and permitting is a third of what it should be.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Chuck R.

Worth every dollar!!!

2017-04-14

If you are a small contractor this is a must for speed of quoting and accuracy.

Pros

Professional looking reports. The ease of updates prices for material and labor.

Cons

Some minor software updates could be done. A mobile version could also help a lot more small business.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Recommendations to others considering Clear Estimates

Well worth the money. It will pay for it self with 1-2 jobs.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Chuck,

Thank you for the review! We're happy to have you on board again. We are thrilled to hear you like the improvements we've made since you have been gone. We appreciate the kind words. Happy estimating!

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Kyle H.

Review

2020-12-17

Over all I am very satisfied with the program.

Pros

Easy to put together an estimate with in minutes.

Cons

You should be able to put the disclaimer, project disruption etc... any where you would like.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Mark B.

Perfect Answer to Estimating

2018-11-02

We searched and tried many other software options for estimating our large projects , maintenance , and repairs and were pleased to find CE nailed it for quoting everything we do and almost instantly made our estimating chore quick and painless.

Pros

User Friendly / Excellent adjustable database / Easy to make proposal changes for re-submittal /Proposals that Clients Complement Every time

Cons

No Cons with this software , we adjusted to fit our needs .

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
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Mark! Thank you for taking the time to write this. We've appreciated your support over the years. It means a lot to us to know that Clear Estimates has been a helpful solution for your estimating needs. We do our best to continually update the program based on customer feedback. We hope you are enjoying the new changes! - The Clear Estimates Team

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John R.

Overall very positive...after a small learning curve, the service was perfect for my small company

2017-10-09

Pros

Easy to navigate, intuitive, can quickly get up to speed and start pumping out estimates without significant downtime learning how to use.

Cons

The task list could be better collated to make the itemization of project work scope much easier and, ultimately, faster.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi John. Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Knowing our users find Clear Estimates intuitive and easy to navigate gives us great pride. I understand your database concerns and will reach out to see specifically what you are having trouble with. Keep in mind too that we offer templates for all of the common jobs (kitchens, baths, decks, additions) where all you need to know is the SF, and Clear Estimates calculating the material and labor. Look for an email from us shortly. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Robert C.

Great tool

2020-03-04

Overall clear estimates has been extremely helpful building estimates and has saved time estimating projects

Pros

The customer service is excellent, website is easy to use and very customizable presents information in easy to use context.

Cons

I wish there was an option to use offline, some of the templates and parts are hard to find, I wish there were more parts and a different way to sort them or an alternate way to search phrases or components maybe smart assist estimate building like a questioner about the project being estimated then an ai suggest components to add or a way to review your estimate for errors.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Timothy M.

Good mid level estimator platform

2020-05-08

Estimates look professional instead of the two to three line estimates many contractors provide.

Pros

Good price point, updates to pricing list based on area you're working, template usage

Cons

No internal calculations to figure out square figure of walls and flooring based on user inputting room dimensions. No ability to attach photos or sketches. Electronic signature ability would be helpful.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Keith S.

estimating basics

2016-07-27

I bought this after trying several others. As a small business, I couldn't afford to spend a lot of money up front.

Pros

The estimates seem to be right on for both Materials costs and the labor hours.

Cons

I wish there was some way to track the projects... i.e. bids submitted, waiting on customer. signed.. completed.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Keith, thanks for taking the time to review our software. We are happy to hear that Clear Estimates pricing is accurate for your area. Individual markups is something we would like to implement in the future. Thanks for the input. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Robert H.

Clear Estimate Review

2017-02-27

We were looking for a software package that would enable us to bid on larger, more substantial construction projects.

Pros

Flexible easy to use.

Cons

Similar project parts - difficult to tell difference.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Robert,

We are glad Clear Estimates has turned out to be a flexible program for your needs. We understand every business is different, so the option to edit and change line items is vital. Thanks again for the feedback!

- The Clear Estimates Team

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Ricardo G.

Happy

2021-03-20

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

Pros

Able to convert to a written estimate

Cons

Able to track a job proses , send invoice ,

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Aristede H.

Nothing more nothing less

2020-12-01

As we say in New Orleans “Easy Breezy”

Pros

It meets my need 100%. I can store customer info and pull up in field.

Cons

I knew what I was looking for in an estimating software program and Clear Estimates was the perfect collaboration.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Christian V.

Clear Estimates Review

2021-04-08

Pros

Clear estimates is extremely easy to navigate and is very customizable.

Cons

I hope there’s a mobile app available in the future.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Bob S.

"Must have estimating software for your business."

2017-03-02

I used to leave "money on the table". Now my bids are market accurate.

Pros

Accurate market pricing of labor and materials on a regional and national basis.

Cons

Report layout customization could be a bit more flexible .

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Bob,

Thank you for the kind words. We're happy to hear our pricing is accurate for your area and that you're finding our tool flexible and useful. Happy estimating!

- The Clear Estimates Team

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Marc C.

Easy to get started

2017-04-18

Good overall product for putting together estimates

Pros

The program is easy to understand and create estimates. Templates provided make it much quicker to calculate prices

Cons

Does not integrate with any take-off software There is no straightforward overhead and profit calculation

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Patrick M.

Professional estimating made easy.

2017-02-10

Clear Estimates has helped my company write many estimates with ease.

Pros

Itemized job descriptions.

Cons

Would love to see a better way to calculate payments, and send paid in full receipts to customers.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Clear Estimates


Hi Patrick,

Our team is happy to hear you are writing estimates with ease. Also, thank you for those suggestions, we will take them into account!

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Anonymous
(Construction company, 201-500 employees)

You are in control!

2019-01-09

Overall this is a good product. The ideal end user would be a small to midsize company.

Pros

With Clear Estimates, every thing is customizable.

Cons

Clear Estimates is a fairly need product so some users may find that the system doesnt integrate with popular accounting software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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