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HeavyBid

Estimating software for the construction industry

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HeavyBid Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

HeavyBid product overview

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What is HeavyBid?

HeavyBid is a powerful bidding and estimating tool that enables construction companies in the transportation, oil & gas, power, industrial, and telecom industries, among others, to build accurate, flexible estimates.

Key benefits of using HeavyBid

  • Estimates can be built, reviewed and edited quickly in HeavyBid.

  • HeavyBid can identify potential estimating errors and direct users to these for correction.

  • Users can create professional, attractive bid forms with customizable bid proposals in a variety of formats, including MS Word & Excel.

  • Large, complex work can be separated into smaller, detailed pieces with HeavyBid's multi-level breakdowns.

  • HeavyBid integrates with existing accounting systems, so bids can be sent straight to accounting for budget creation.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    FAQs/Forum
    24/7 (Live rep)
    Knowledge Base
    Phone Support

    Training options

    Webinars
    Videos
    In Person
    Documentation
    Live Online

    HeavyBid pricing information

    Value for money

    4.2

    /5

    499

    Price starts from

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    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
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    HeavyBid features

    Functionality

    4.5

    /5

    499
    Total Features20 2 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Subcontractor Management
    Data Import/Export
    Estimating
    Change Order Management
    Quotes/Estimates
    Accounting Integration
    Job Costing
    Third Party Integrations

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    HeavyBid users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6

    /5

    499

    Positive reviews

    98%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9.35/10
    Rating distribution

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    Pros
    As a product, HeavyBid makes estimating quick and accurate. Our estimators' success rate is quite impressive, and I'm sure they're very thankful to have the assistance of a powerful tool.

    MR

    Mike R.

    HCSS has always been a delight to deal with and I consider them to be an important partner in our business. And they make us feel important to them.

    SV

    Scott V.

    The ease of use itsbthe best feature, including interaction with our accounting software. Customer support is the best acroos all industires.

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    cesar p.

    Cons
    Worst part about the software is the error sounds it makes when you forget to fill out a field and try to move onto a new task (that can be shut off).

    KM

    Kyle M.

    The formatting of the printed reports, especially the estimate recap, is terrible, and the reports are extremely difficult to read.

    MM

    Michael M.

    Sometimes problems occur with the quote folders. Problems also occur when copying activities from different estimates.

    SB

    Stephen B.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Best estimating software I’ve used

    Reviewed 2 years ago
    Pros

    Honestly i cant say there is anything i did not like about this software. Makes your life a whole lot easier and helps you dial in your profit on projects and you get things set up and get some history in the system.

    Cons

    I can’t really think of anything i didn’t like. Great product.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    The Best Estimating Software in the World!

    Reviewed 7 years ago
    Pros

    Product: This is a very fast, user-friendly, automated estimating and bidding system that is particularly effective for Unit-Price contracts. It allows quick creation of accurate estimates, accommodates variations in quantities, allows risk evaluation on an item-by-item basis, and provides the means to price individual bid items so that they reflect the bidder's assessments of quantity, value, and...

    Cons

    There is little to dislike in a system that works so well and with a technical support team that is so knowledgeable. HCSS takes suggestions from its users and implements them in new releases of the software so that the system is always cutting-edge and fulfills its users' expectations. The system seems expensive to purchase and maintain, at least to the non-using evaluator, but the confidence in the accuracy of the estimate, the outstanding technical support, and the continuous improvement of the software will provide confidence that offsets cost. One caught and corrected mistake that that would have gone unnoticed without HeavyBid's analysis tools, could pay for a dozen licenses for years.

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    Only Longtime Users Can Possibly Like HeavyBid

    Reviewed 10 months ago

    HeavyBid is YEARS (perhaps decades) behind other platforms, especially InEight. HCSS needs to rewrite the entire platform in order to be relevant again.

    Pros

    Customer support is good. It has to be because HeavyBid itself is archaic.

    Cons

    1. Anything in bulk. Example: Cannot even “non-add” multiple activities. Rather, you must click on one at a time and then click the “non-additive” radio button on each and every activity. Such limitations are in all areas of the software. 2. Sorting and organizing is essentially non-existent. This aspect of HeavyBid is one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever encountered on any software of any...

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    The BEST Estimating Software

    Reviewed 5 years ago

    I have been a HeavyBid Advanced user for over 14 years now and its amazing to see how far this small company from Texas has come. I still remember when we ordered the software and a representative from the company came to our main office in CT and over the course of 2 days went over everything from setting up labor, benefits, burden, equipment, crews, bid items (manual entry and DOT import), etc. to showing us how to enter activities into bid items and actually creating an estimate. Such a great overall experience from the early stages of implementation to the countless support center calls at all hours of the day and night before a bid (which were always answered) up to the present day where all of the above is still true today.

    Pros

    Unmatched customer support, ease of use and the ecosystem of programs/applications on multiple platforms that integrate perfectly with each other and will only grow with your company.

    Cons

    Recently I purchased an iPad Pro 12.9" pretty much for the sole purpose of using a handfull of apps such as Projectwise, Bluebeam Revu and HeavyBid Mobile. Well, after emailing HCSS Support I find out that HeavyBid Mobile is no longer supported. I was looking forward to trying something different with HeavyBid on the go, even if it wasn't the full blown version.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    The best option.

    Reviewed 3 years ago

    Love it. Great customer service. It can be customized to integrate with all your other software.

    Pros

    HCSS's support is the best I have ever delt with. Not only do they offer custom programming to taylor the users tools and reports, but they always answer the phone right away. No machines you the first person that picks up the phone can usually help you with whatever issue or question you have.

    Cons

    Clunky reporting with the mobile app. The only thing that is kind of frustrating is the reporting capabilities from and administrative side, but whatever reports you are unable to generate as a customer, they will be able to generate for you on their end.

    HeavyBid FAQs and common questions

    HeavyBid has the following pricing plans:
    Pricing model: One Time License


    HeavyBid has the following typical customers:
    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


    HeavyBid supports the following languages:
    English


    No, HeavyBid does not have an API available.


    HeavyBid integrates with the following applications:
    Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel


    HeavyBid offers the following support options:
    FAQs/Forum, 24/7 (Live rep), Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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