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Clear Estimates Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.2

/5

114

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 Residential Construction Estimating software

Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Communication Management
Contract/License Management

Price starts from

59

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Functionality

4.2

/5

114

Price starts from

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Per month

Total Features

27

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Total Features

159

Features in Common

23

Unique features

  • Forecasting

  • Inventory Management

  • Collaboration Tools

  • Progress Tracking

Functionality

4.2

/5

1.6K

Price starts from

499

Per month

Total Features

146

Features in Common

26

Unique features

  • Plumbing Estimating

  • Task Management

  • Mobile App

  • Contractor Database

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Barry O.

Construction, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Home Improvement Clear Estimate Review

Reviewed 7 years ago

This is the second time for me using Clear Estimates. After not using the program for a couple of years, I was surprised at the updates made, that made it easier and faster to develop my estimates, and the fact that the cost for the program had remained the same. The support and the new videos are fantastic. I have recommended it to several of my friends, who are also contractors. The nice thing is,...

Pros

Easy to use, and cost.

Cons

I do Wish it had more small Home Improvement cost items.

Vendor response

Hi Barry, We're happy you've found our support articles and videos to be helpful. We do our best to provide as many resources as we can to make sure our customers succeed. Thanks for the home improvement part suggestion - we will look into it. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Keith S.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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estimating basics

Reviewed 8 years ago

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. As my own fault, I don't put enough overhead in the projects.

Cons

I wish I could edit the markups on the alternates individually I wish I could print out the alternates in detail on a combined report, not separately . I wish the tree would expand based on specifics (more like a windows tree) as opposed to scrolling down the whole thing, then having to scroll back up to close. I wish there was some way to track the projects... i.e. bids submitted, waiting on customer. signed.. completed.

Vendor response

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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Joe B.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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A good program, just needs a couple of things added and would be my go to estimating program.

Reviewed a year ago

Always liked clear estimates just needed the sketch feature to be my go to program.

Pros

Ease of use, able to change line item information, updated pricing.

Cons

I would like to be able to sketch a floor plan and then drag and drop items into it. Also would be nice to sketch a kitchen layout and then show it in 3d to a customer, a lot easier to sell a customer on kitchen remodel when they get a basic idea what it is going to look like, same goes for any type of remodel.

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Jon W.

Construction, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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works FLAWLESSLY

Reviewed 8 years ago

I've been using "CLEAR ESTIMATES" for about 6 months. I put very little time into learning how to use this software, (I basically jumped right in) and the estimates get done flawlessly. If I have a question I go to the tutorial videos and they walk me right thru it, and if there's a question I can't find an answer to. (Hasn't happened yet) I can press the question mark at the bottom of the page and...

Pros

Professional looking, easy to use. VERY EFFECTIVE

Cons

No cons were added to this review

Vendor response

Hi Jon, thanks for the kind words! We are so glad to have had you on board for the last several months. 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 6 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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Ryan F.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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Co owner

Reviewed 3 years ago

I didnt care for it. It become to time consuming.

Pros

I thought it was easy to use. AAnyone with a pick up truck and a slap on magnet can use it.

Cons

Needs to have trade specific software and Brand pricing.

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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 7 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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Dave L.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Time saver software

Reviewed 8 years ago

We went from producing our own excel sheets to the Clear Estimates program. What a difference that made in time savings to produce estimate, as well as producing a more accurate estimate.

Pros

There is a huge database of options with fairly accurate starting points for labor estimates. We are "Jacks of all Trades", so it's difficult to estimate labor without these guidelines.

Cons

I need to educate myself more on templates for time savings. I'm looking forward to watching the free Webinars to learn how to set these templates up.

Vendor response

Dave, it seems that many of our clients have switched over from excel spreadsheets. We're glad you are finding our software much more helpful and easier to use. Take advantage of those templates! Thanks for your time with us. - The Clear Estimates Team

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John K.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Best So Far

Reviewed 8 years ago

I don't don't think any estimating program out there is exactly a perfect fit, but this this one comes as close as I've tried.

Pros

Flexibility, customizable, great support and now on the cloud.

Cons

There is a number of things I would like to change to fit us better but it is excellent for the most part.

Vendor response

Hi John, Thanks for the kind words. We're glad you find the flexibility and customization of Clear Estimates useful.

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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 9 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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Sharon W.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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What I Was Looking For

Reviewed 5 years ago

After setting up our company info and playing with it a bit, I had a few issues to work out. I was able to call and have someone walk me through what I had missed in instructions. I like the formatting of the invoices and this is what I was looking for.

Pros

Ease of use once the company basic info has been set up.

Cons

Monthly fee is a little pricey for smaller companies like ours.

Vendor response

Hi Sharon! Thank you for taking the time to review Clear Estimates. It's great to hear you found the program you were looking for. We focus on ease of use and ability to produce accurate, professional bids. I'm glad our support team was able to help you get started. Please let us know if you have any questions! - The Clear Estimates Team

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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 7 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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Aristede H.

Construction, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Nothing more nothing less

Reviewed 4 years ago

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

There’s nothing to dislike about it. I knew what I was looking for in an estimating software program and Clear Estimates was the perfect collaboration.

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Cody L.

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Nice Software, but horrible after purchase customer service

Reviewed 9 years ago

This software is now provided to contractors via a subscription service only now. However, a few years back you could purchase a license for the software outright and the only thing you would need to pay for were the cost updates. I specifically asked the company before I purchased the software if I could buy the updates occasionally as I'm a small contractor and mostly need the software to help...

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Vendor response

Hi Cody, I'd like to thank you for your honest feedback. We have made changes to our support system and team. I think you will find we are much more up to par. Feel free to come back with a month on us to see if things have changed for the better.

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Dane T.

Construction, 1-10 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great program, very well supported with attentive customer service...

Reviewed 6 years ago

Knowledge and process of pricing in areas we don't work in enough.

Pros

The customer service with this software is awesome! There's a lot of feedback from a "Real" person.

Cons

Well, at the beginning, it needs just a little modification on pricing compared to my company's pricing, but overall I believe that tweaking will yield great benefits and quicker turn around time on estimates. We are keeping one of our accounts because we know it will bring about higher quality estimates and a better overall competitive edge in our industry.

Vendor response

Hi Dane! Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're very pleased to hear our support team has been up to par. Pricing is one of the most important aspects of winning and staying profitable on bids. While we provide pricing, it is always possible to customize to fit the needs of your company. Glad to have you on board, Dane! Let us know if you have any questions. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Doug D.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great product

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I loved that this software took guessing out of estimation and helped me to earn far more in projects by helping me to account for all aspects of the projects. Multifaceted and well designed. Very helpful customer service. Highly recommend.

Cons

There is some layout design that could be changed to make using it easier. This being said, I only did minimal training on the program so this may have held me back some.

Vendor response

Hi Doug! Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're happy you found Clear Estimates a useful tool in accounting for all aspects of an estimate. It's important to know your numbers! Thanks again, Doug. - 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 7 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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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 8 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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Guadalupe L.

Construction, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Clear Estimates has definitely improved the efficiency of our Estimating Department!

Reviewed 6 years ago

I would recommend this program anytime, and would advise the developers to make the ease of use with a little bit more steps!!

Pros

It is somewhat easy to use after you have been trained, it gives you the ability to do your job costing before a job is started. You can keep customer database as well as pricing information very easily.

Cons

One of the cons is that they charged 59 for every user, they should have a group rate!

Vendor response

This person has never used Clear Estimates. This is not an actual review. We apologize for the inconvenience. - The Clear Estimates Team

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Raby W.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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I have been using Clear Estimates approx. 5 years or more.

Reviewed 8 years ago

During that time have looked at other software and keep coming back to clear estimates because of ease and reliability. I recommend it highly , once you set up your templates you are good to go. The presentation of the proposal is also very good. There are a lot of good features. Pricing gets updated every few months that goes a long way for feeling confident about your proposal. For the Re-modeler it a best choice.

Pros

Speed of presentation and putting together bids.

Cons

Some areas of construction are lacking in the area of plumbing . Its weak there.

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Joel M.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Best investment in construction

Reviewed 5 years ago

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.

Vendor response

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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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 3 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 8 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 7 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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Arnold M.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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My Clear estimate review.

Reviewed 7 years ago

I've been using Clear estimates software for about 4 years and the Program is very compatible with other programs out there. What makes Clear estimate different is that it is user-friendly and the layout of the program is very professional. When I hand my estimate over to my customer it's very well laid out and detailed . What I like most about Clear estimate Besides it's layout it pretty much covers all the trades. But the best thing is that it's very affordable for contractors like me that runs a small business.

Pros

What I like most about this software is being able to set up Parts & Templates which makes putting together an estimate a lot faster which means you have more time to oversee your business.

Cons

The thing I least like about this software is not being able to use it for insurance work. What I mean by that is some jobs I get may be from insurance companies and the estimate might call for dehumidifiers and fans board ups stuff like that. But I can get by with it.