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Clear Estimates
4.5
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Clear Estimates Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.2

/5

113

Total features

27

3 categories

Clear Estimates features

Accounting Integration
Audit Trail
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Change Order Management
Contractor Management
Cost Database
Cost Estimating

Common features of Remodeling Estimating software

Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Change Order Management

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59

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Functionality

4.2

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113

Price starts from

59

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Total Features

27

Unique features

  • Audit Trail

Functionality

4.3

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Total Features

119

Features in Common

22

Unique features

  • Resource Management

  • Project Billing

  • Contractor Database

  • Reporting/Project Tracking

Functionality

4.3

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1.5K

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Total Features

105

Features in Common

22

Unique features

  • Task Scheduling

  • Rescheduling

  • Email Marketing

  • Task Management

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Jason B.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great software for the technically challenged tradesman.

Reviewed 3 years ago

I am able to have faster turn around times on my quote generation for my potential new customers. I really like the invoice and payment options. Make running a business more streamlined and efficient.

Pros

I am not a very technical guy. I work in the trades and I can repair most anything. Clear estimates is easy for me to learn and use. The training videos are extremely helpful. If I can use this software to generate professional quotes anyone can. Anytime I have needed personal assistance over the phone they were always there for me. They want me to be successful using this software. It is very customizable to fit your business weather it be a Handyman/remodeling business or general construction.

Cons

Honestly the cons are all pointing at me the operator. I am learning as I go and not very good using any technology. I can use clear estimates and get better with it on every project.

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Sheen F.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Easy to use, unassuming software for remodel estimating - Saves hours of work.

Reviewed 7 years ago

After using both the downloaded and cloud versions of this software for about 4 years, I can't imagine how I ever did without it. Previous to this we used QB to estimate our projects, which was a time consuming and tedious process that seemed like it always being done from the ground up on every project. Once the initial time of a 1/2 day to a day is invested to set this software up to fit your business needs, even the most complicated proposal or estimate can be completed in an hour or less, with many of our standard proposals being generated in 15-30 minutes.

Pros

Easy to use, great support, cloud storage

Cons

Little technical items like having to manually fill and delete lines in individual categories

Vendor response

We are thrilled to hear that Clear Estimates has saved you hours of work, Sheen. You have been with us for a few years now and we appreciate your loyalty very much. Happy estimating! - The Clear Estimates Team

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Corey S.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great Etimating Software

Reviewed 4 years ago

We have easily conquered the estimating cross training, easy access from any computer, built in adjustable pricing., as a result, of saving time estimating, we are seeing increased closing rates

Pros

I switched from Xactremodel about 6 months ago, and as a small growing business, I can much easier train Clear Estimate software to other coworkers, plus it is web based which makes it very convenient for any user to access from a web browser. I was a fairly smooth transition, As Clear Estimates is very easy to use. In reference to how the estimating function works it is fantastic. I am able to set my labor rates and multiply by fractions of the hour-the ability to manipulate the clean template make its very easy for our customers to read and understand, as a result, I believe my closing rates have increased by roughy 10%.

Cons

I really can not think of anything I do not like. Sorry, but I love Clear Estimates

Vendor response

Hi Corey! It's great to hear Clear Estimates has become a useful tool for your remodeling company. It is stories like yours that keep us going. We strive to offer an easy to use, functional and valuable tool and are glad you have found it to be so. Keep up the good estimating and let us know if any questions come up! - The Clear Estimates Team

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David C.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Streamlining the biding process

Reviewed 2 years ago

I am very grateful for Clear Estimates. It has more than paid for itself in the past couple of months I have been using it. It has helped me realize how low my estimates have been. I am better able to test the market for the going rates on projects so that I can be more competitive with the current market without underselling myself.

Pros

Clear Estimates has made the estimation process of my business so much easier. I save a lot of time, now that I have learned how to navigate the software. I do so many different types of projects, it is hard to keep up with the changes in pricing of supplies as well as labor rates. Before using Clear Estimates, I would routinely underestimate the cost of materials and time necessary to complete a project. Clear Estimates has helped put me in a much better place financially.

Cons

The downside to Clear Estimates is that it takes a while to really understand what it is capable of doing, as well as how to adjust it to fit my needs when a project requires estimating something that the software doesn't contain. I have only been using it for a few months, so I am sure there are lots of things I have yet to understand, but being a small company, I don't really have the necessary time it would take to figure it all out.

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Howard S.

Construction,

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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I have used this product for greater than 8 years.

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

I have enjoyed the added features which have evolved over time. The product support team is great! hey actually listen to the voice of the customer and have continuous exchange of dialog. I don't believe I have experienced this much with software companies. Just recently i borrowed a tablet with a keyboard and brought it with me to look at a potential job. I was able to quickly generate the majority of the estimate in real time. When I returned to my office, I completed within 1/2 hour. Saved myself alot of time. Using touch screen also helps moving around.

Cons

For the online version, I would like to be able to save a local copy of the data base and use it off line. If i can

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Richard C.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clear Estimates

Reviewed 5 years ago

Try it, youll love it!

Pros

Cheap and Easy to use, and can quickly put together your quote pre-written data base is included with your monthly subscription.

Cons

Needs just a little more added to its data base in way of simplistic handyman project's and more added to the template section.

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Steve S.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Clear Estimates Review - Quality Renovations

Reviewed 7 years ago

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. Presenting the professional looking proposal to customers has certainly taken that process to the next level for me and likely was the tipping point on several jobs for my customers.

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

Vendor response

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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Greg L.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Lee Remodling

Reviewed 7 years ago

I am a remodling contractor. I use it to give estimates to my customers. It is accurate and fairly easy to use.

Pros

I like the professional reports it generates. It has accurate costs for labor and products.

Cons

I would like more templates. It is a little difficult to change the wording of the descriptions.

Vendor response

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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Bryan R.

Self-employed

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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

Reviewed 5 years ago

Providing customers with a quote using Clear Estimates adds credibility and professionalism to our company image. It is easy to create estimates, edit, keep track of customer quotes and projects.

Pros

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

Cons

No cons were added to this review

Vendor response

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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Grant K.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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

Reviewed 2 years ago

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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Kim M.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Overall a good product

Reviewed 7 years ago

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.

Vendor response

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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Kevin C.

Construction,

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great product it has helped my business.

Reviewed 6 years ago

I do not like the estimating side of my business cause I am bad at it and I tend to be optimistic which causes me to short myself in the long run. I started using this product to help me with the process to get estimates out faster and to know I am giving a good estimate that doesn't short me. It has helped me in that aspect for sure. The customer service is superb. There is this little icon u click...

Pros

Easy of use, price, use on any device, customer support, the quarterly updates for pricing, and formal look of the estimates, and being able to email the directly from clearestimates to my customers.

Cons

Does not import directly in to quickbooks online. If it did that it would be perfect for me. I prefer using quickbooks online so I can use the program from any where like clearestimates.

Vendor response

Hi Kevin, Thank you for the review. It is our number one priority to help you win bids, and I am thrilled our software has helped you to do so. In the future, we do plan to integrate with QuickBooks online. We'll be sure to let you know when that happens. As always, let us know if any questions come up! - The Clear Estimates Team

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Chuck R.

Construction,

Used daily for 2+ years

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Worth every dollar!!!

Reviewed 6 years ago

I used this software when it first came out. Now it has come a long way on appearance and functionality. As far as learning a new software, the curve was easy for me. If you are a small contractor this is a must for speed of quoting and accuracy. Also with the reports function you look as professional as the big guys. If you want to step up your company, get Clear Estimates!!!

Pros

Easy to learn. Professional looking reports. The ease of updates prices for material and labor. Customer support is spot on. And the software was created by remodelers that understand the struggle. They are always striving to make the software better.

Cons

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

Vendor response

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.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Reviewed 2 years ago

Over all I am very satisfied with the program.

Pros

Easy to put together an estimate with in minutes.

Cons

Reports page needs more options. You should be able to put the disclaimer, project disruption etc... any where you would like. Right now it’s gets all jumbled at the top of e proposals.

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Alan H.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Reviewed 7 years ago

Response time to some questions is lengthy. Some functions don't work as easy as you would think. Accessing the drop down box on current customers I challenging, you hit the drop down arrow for the customer list and the list goes away. You have to continue to hit the drop down arrow.

Pros

Easy add change orders and change prices

Cons

Payment schedule sometimes doesn't stay changed when you go back and forth on different job project.

Vendor response

Alan, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Since we are now cloud based, our software is constantly being updated. Look out for a refined customer search feature soon. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Robert C.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great tool

Reviewed 3 years ago

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.

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Richard C.

Construction,

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clear Estimates is number 1 of it's kind!

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

This software site has a definite ease of accessibility, you can quickly visit the app and input customer information and pull up a detail proposal on you project in a respectively short amount of time

Cons

Only real drawback I've seen is that the templates and available data need to be added to. There is a mountain of data available to provide quotes on projects but there could be much much more, I've many times run into a situation where that pricing simply isn't here. However this app is the best in it's field based on price, accessibility, and output of the required paperwork once you've properly setup your account with your personal information.

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Michael W.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Reviewed 7 years ago

I have recommended you to Residential Services of Tulsa - not sure if they are using your software ****

Pros

Ease of use and easy to train - great access - very little trouble with the functionality - support is very good

Cons

Very little customization in the reports

Vendor response

Glad to hear that you have found our simple and easy to use design of the software helpful, Michael. Also, thanks for the feedback in relation to the reports section, it is great to hear about our customer's specific needs. We will dive a bit deeper into this issue, be on the lookout for an email from us. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Terry B.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Overall good estimating software but lacks estimating for larger projects.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Easy to learn and use then customize the quotes. Does feature pre-built estimate groups for certain projects. Customer support is great, and after hours questions or concerns are addressed first thing next morning.

Cons

Spend a lot of time adding custom line items. 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. Online based so it becomes slow at times when the servers have a lot of users on at the same time.

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Jerry S.

Real Estate, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great software getting better everyday!!!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Pretty good for the most part.

Pros

This software is cloud based and pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. The search engine within the data base is pretty good too. If you have a question you can chat with the folks that actually know what they are talking about. The best software I have used to date.

Cons

I would like to see the search engine get a little better. When searching it seems to give me too much information which is not much better than just searching each section.

Vendor response

Hi Jerry! Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're glad to hear our support staff has been helpful in assisting with any questions or requests. We are actually in the middle of improving our search feature and plan to have something live soon. We think this will be a big help! Thanks again, Jerry. - The Clear Estimates Team

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kimberlie L.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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New kid in town

Reviewed 2 years ago

Since opening my buisness Jan 2020 . This has been my saving grace. Thank you for the free.trial thank you for writing a program I can learn on the fly . I love it

Pros

I would describe this software as organized and simple. Being an electrical contractor the ease of converting this program into what I need was easy. Any questions I had either my teenager would figure it out for me or an email to Support and they are back with you that day sometimes within the hour. Very friendly and they speak on my level.

Cons

My only request for a change is the ability to accept payments. I would also like a way to see more than 4 items on my list at a time. I really don't many complaints

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Ceolus R.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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My experience using the clear estimates software okay or not...?

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I think it has a lot of potential. The ability to take information and plug it into a pdf or word document is great. The basic functions are easy to move around and the overall system is straightforward.

Cons

The issue I have with it is the materials/supply markups. I think it could a whole lot easier to get updated product cost for an area and use it in the estimate. Every time I used it the price was always off even from the smallest supplies. It scared me so I could trust the software...

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Brian B.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Raise your profit margins with Clear Estimates

Reviewed 7 years ago

I was a little skeptical about switching to a new estimating software program but I am glad I did. This software is everything a contractor could every want and everyone needs.

Pros

The best things about this software is the quick learning curve, faster estimating, and detail estimates for you and your customers. The monthly fee is well worth the value and more for this software.

Cons

I wish this software could sync between other software systems but there are ways to work around that.

Vendor response

Brian, so glad you decided to switch over to Clear Estimates! We pride ourselves on being a simple and easy to use software and are excited you have found it to be just that. Thanks for the kind words. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Vaibhav M.

Construction, 10,001+ employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Big relief if you need quick estimates

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

I always believe estimating software cannot make decent estimates, but I am wrong this time. Clear estimates give you better understanding of estimates and generates one at simple couple of clicks. A quick customized estimate is the only thing that a small contractor would need. This is neat and reliable. Would recommend to all estimators

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. Perhaps I am not getting it right, or may be its my limitations to use it, but if different labour rates for different projects in specific town could be added, it would be much helpful.

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James J.

Consumer Goods, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Tusk Automation Inc.

Reviewed 7 years ago

We've built our own ever expanding library from scratch and its been a really good experience. We've experienced some glitches. We didnt assign code #'s to our custom parts library initially, every time we uploaded a revised .csv file, it duplicated any part that was already used in a project rather than overwriting it. We have since resolved this.

Pros

Web based, works from anywhere, and multiple users can quickly view the same project.

Cons

The need to constantly remember to click "save". The need to manually look up the next part code # when creating parts manually . It would be great if this was automatic. in some way or if we could assign rules to how it created part code #s.

Vendor response

James, thanks for taking the time for a review. I appreciate your feedback. I will take your advice to the drawing board and discuss with my team. - Alex & The Clear Estimates Team