ProEst Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

ProEst

Construction estimating software

3.85/5 (31 reviews)

ProEst overview

What is ProEst?

ProEst is a construction estimating software that lets you create estimates, record estimate data using an SQL database system, perform takeoffs and adjust markups in one solution. The software can be used to create detailed estimates using a familiar interface based on the latest Microsoft technology. The database comes pre-built with thousands of industry specific items and pre-built assemblies, as well as additional industry specific features.

ProEst incorporates digital takeoffs into its estimating software, with the ability to perform takeoffs using a digitizer, or with a mouse and electronic blueprints. The software also lets you adjust markups to optimize your bids, identifying overheads, taxes and selling prices to see where you can make adjustments while still making a profit. ProEst also includes up to 50 standard reports as well as the ability to create custom reports to analyze your data based on your KPIs.
www.proest.com

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English
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ProEst reviews

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Manuel Gonzalez

Estimating Software build from the point of view of the contractor

Reviewed 2015-11-04
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
The software is easy to understand and it truly meets and exceeds all of our expectation when it came time to turn in a bid . We are a building and design firm, the range of the work we bid goes from electrical, plumbing, HVAC to complete turn key. We appreciate the fact ProEst is constantly improving its functionalities and overall performance.

Cons
The issues we had over the years are the same issues we get with other software in our systems, updates sometimes fix one program but conflicts with others. Happy to said the issues were not critical nor catastrophic in our daily use of the program nor cause major delays in our bidding process.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Israel Borrero

ProEst Review

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2016-11-17
Review Source: Software Advice

My company has recently purchased the Enterprise Version of ProEst. We have only started learning the system but have so far been very impressed with the functionality, ease of use and product value. The ability to do digital takeoff straight from the program, as well as the flexibility to edit / modify just about every piece of information on the system gives it an advantage to other programs i have used.

Pros
This is by far the easiest estimating program i have used thus far. Other pros include - Flexibility to edit almost everything; the large cache of report templates; the large database and pre-built assemblies; the built in digital takeoff; the bid day summary to use for sub-contractor bid tabulation

Cons
The preset costs are very generic (i.e. labor costs) - for large projects with heavy labor, this could throw off the labor estimate. In addition, the digital takeoff module, albeit very handy, is somewhat limited. It would be nice to have more flexibility to manually manipulate takeoffs, even after associating it with a digital takeoff. It would also be nice to be able to switch between different forms of measurement, right now you are only limited to the unit of measure determined by the line item for which you are taking off.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Nate Heinold

Great potential, poor execution

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-05-10
Review Source: Software Advice

Our experience with ProEst started good, and went downhill quickly. The salesman attached to our account was helpful and able to demonstrate the product well, but did not fully address any limitataions of the product he was selling, even after we described our intended use case. The big red flag was, when asked to be able to trial the software for a week (or less!), they were not able to honor that request. After purchase, the support was extremely lacking from the account management positions. Our trainer was showing us basic features that were explained many times in the purchasing process, and we were able to fully configure and understand the software without their help. The reason we will not be customers of this company is due to the absolutely disconnected support and development efforts. The company prides itself on it's future roadmap (including "AI"), but when confronted with low level usability issues (lack of keyboard shortcuts, copying data) they stated "it is not a priority... could be resolved in two weeks to six months". I have never had such a poor customer experience.

Pros
Our company is transitioning from self hosted, installed software to cloud SaaS products. This is one of the few estimation softwares that is completely cloud based. The ability to route estimations through workflows, maintain a shared cost database, and produce good looking reports from the system were all high points. Even the user interface was clean and uncluttered.

Cons
The software lacks KEY features that limit it's usability. Our core issue was the inability to copy takeoff or assembly information from one page of a drawing to another. 100% of multifamily developments have shared elements between levels of the building, and to recreate these from scratch every time instead of copying them from another page wiped out all the time savings of assemblies and workflows. There is NO other estimation/ takeoff tool that lacks this functionality. Additionally, there are no keyboard shortcuts (... in 2019). This is a significant slowdown when estimating large projects.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Jon Traveller

Excellent Software

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-02-23
Review Source: Software Advice

I was looking for a powerful software that we could use to build a system for our estimating process. ProEst was exactly what I was looking for. We are able to build a custom database that we can use to quickly and easily estimate projects with accuracy and consistency. I am very happy with my choice.

Pros
Ability to create a custom database and can be used to consistently produce quick estimates. I love the onscreen take off.

Cons
It takes a long time to set up the database, but this is to be expected with any software. It is a lot of work up front, but then makes things more efficient on the back end. I would like to see a year off free tech support included to answer question about how to use the product. Most of it is intuitive, but there are somethings I would like to do, but it takes me a while to figure out how to do them. It would have been nice to be able to pick up the phone and quickly get answers for the first year while I learned how to use all of the features.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Travis Moore

Overall good for the money

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-04-19
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
Ease of use Reporting Predefined database's to fit specific company needs Onscreen takeoff and estimating software in one Cloud or Desktop

Cons
No live tech support or chat support. Must submit a support ticket and wait for a call back. No way to change database and have it reflect on templates without updating templates individually Training is not free

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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ProEst pricing

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Standard, Professional and Enterprise plans available. Contact ProEst for a quote.

ProEst features

Cost Estimating
Estimating
Projections

API (40 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (54 other apps)
Activity Tracking (48 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (38 other apps)
Bid Management (47 other apps)
Change Order Management (50 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (54 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (39 other apps)
Data Import/Export (45 other apps)
Document Management (54 other apps)
Document Storage (44 other apps)
Job Costing (43 other apps)
Project Estimating (39 other apps)
Project Management (69 other apps)
Project Tracking (45 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (44 other apps)
Subcontractor Management (49 other apps)

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Additional information for ProEst

Key features of ProEst

  • Create estimates
  • Estimate cost tracking
  • Digital takeoffs
  • Item and assembly takeoffs
  • Update costs on multiple items
  • Job cost accounting
  • Item level markups
  • Bid day analysis
  • Update multiple estimates
  • Merge estimates
  • Print sales proposals
  • Multiple scheduling interface
  • Customizable reports
  • 40 + standard reports
  • Integration with iSqFt Plan Room
  • Microsoft Office design interface
  • Integration with construction accounting software
  • Industry-specific solutions
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Benefits

Use a single SQL database to create estimates, carry out digital takeoffs, store project drawings, record estimate data, and manage the bid day process.

See a detailed summary of estimate totals by cost types such as material, labor, subcontract, and other costs.

Use a custom layout for your estimates - searching, editing and adding new items to the estimate as you need. Automatically calculates markups like profit & loss.

Integrates estimating and takeoffs in a single solution, letting you perform takeoffs on-screen through electronic blueprints. Automatically calculates costs from takeoffs.

Specific industry solutions for: general contracting, concrete & masonry, speciality subcontractors, residential, landscape, mechanical & electrical.

Over 50 standard reports and the ability to design your own reports.

Integration with 3rd party business apps, construction accounting programs and the iSqFt Plan Room.