ProEst Features

ProEst

Construction estimating software

3.8/5 (32 reviews)

ProEst Feature Summary

  • 40 + standard reports
  • Accounting Integration
  • Bid Management
  • Bid day analysis
  • CRM
  • Change Order Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost database
  • Create estimates
  • Customer support
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Customizable reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Digital takeoffs
  • Document Storage
  • Estimate cost tracking
  • Industry-specific solutions
  • Integration with construction accounting software
  • Integration with iSqFt Plan Room
  • Item and assembly takeoffs
  • Item level markups
  • Job cost accounting
  • Merge estimates
  • Microsoft Office design interface
  • Multiple scheduling interface
  • Print sales proposals
  • Quickbooks Integration
  • RSMeans data integration
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Third Party Integration
  • Training
  • Update costs on multiple items
  • Update multiple estimates

Competitor Feature Comparison

Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Application Integration
Bid Management
Built-In Database
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Client Management
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Cost Estimating
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Database Integration
Document Storage
ERP Integration
Estimating
Labor Cost Reporting
Multiple User Accounts
Project Estimating
Projections
Proposal Generation
QuickBooks Integration
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Summary Reports
Template Management
Third Party Integration
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Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Application Integration
Bid Management
Built-In Database
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Client Management
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Cost Estimating
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Database Integration
Document Storage
ERP Integration
Estimating
Labor Cost Reporting
Multiple User Accounts
Project Estimating
Projections
Proposal Generation
QuickBooks Integration
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Summary Reports
Template Management
Third Party Integration
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Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Application Integration
Bid Management
Built-In Database
Calendar Management
Change Order Management
Client Management
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Cost Estimating
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Database Integration
Document Storage
ERP Integration
Estimating
Labor Cost Reporting
Multiple User Accounts
Project Estimating
Projections
Proposal Generation
QuickBooks Integration
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Summary Reports
Template Management
Third Party Integration
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ProEst Feature Reviews

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

Alejandro Gonzalez

Great Software for Estimating and Controlling

2018-08-27

Pros

The software lets you link up with a payroll/scheduling software to give you an all-around control of your estimates directly on to your projects.

Cons

It is an activity database, you have to build your database first while you're doing your estimates, you'll reach full operational capability once you have a concise database of activities that will let you speed up the estimating process.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Nate Heinold

Great potential, poor execution

2019-05-10

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.

Pros

The ability to route estimations through workflows, maintain a shared cost database, and produce good looking reports from the system were all high points.

Cons

This is a significant slowdown when estimating large projects.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
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Israel Borrero

ProEst Review

2016-11-17

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

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

This is an ideal product for small and medium sized construction companies. If you want a flexible program with a small learning curve, ProEst is right for you. Be prepared, however, to need to update the labor costs - i would suggest not relying on the preset amounts.

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Travis Moore

Overall good for the money

2018-04-19

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 way to change database and have it reflect on templates without updating templates individually Training is not free

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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ANIEL MARTINEZ

The software is very comprehensive

2015-07-27

Pros

The best part about the software is the depth at which you can estimate especially with all the factors that you can take into account, whether you are using existing ones or custom ones.

Cons

Although the layout is similar, manipulating columns,rows and data is different.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

I would strongly recommend scheduling a demo and comparing it with a couple of other products. I also encourage that you consider how to use the product in your office. In others words, how do you envision it being used.

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Michael Cooke

Decent Software for the Money

2017-01-06

It requires the building of all of the assemblies that you, as a builder or subcontractor, actually need.

Pros

Bid day function.

Cons

Steep, steep, steep learning curve.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
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Stephen Brown

Poor Takeoff Software

2015-08-20

Pros

Prompt customer support - unfortunately, there wasn't much they could do about the poor operation of the software

Cons

I'm sure the Project Management integration is great, but we only needed the takeoff software, and it's been a huge letdown.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

2/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

Don't use it for Takeoff Software. If I was needing the other features I would definitely require a free trial period, as the glitches in the takeoff software are very frustrating.

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Gregory Rocha

ProEst gets the job done!

2016-07-16

Pros

I also like that the software is integrated with onscreen digital take off, and that it integrates directly to your estimate take off sheet all in the same software program.

Cons

You also have to pay for custom reports. In the long run the training pays off, and if the custom report saves you time and/or money than they pay off as well.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

Watch there videos online. Do a demonstration with them. Have them do a demonstration with the database that it comes with. You'll see how user-friendly it is and how much you can customize the database to your needs.

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Chad Bohannan

ProEst Estimating Review

2019-06-27

Pros

The larger Data Base makes takeoffs easy

Cons

Material Pricing, They can't set average cost due to the every changing market.

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
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Clint Corbin

Initial walk through was well done. Purchase was easy and the turnaround was same day. Had a few problems getting installed but turned out to be my computer not the product. Six trianing courses were included in purchase so we are still going through thos

2017-04-18

Pros

Ease of takeoffs and assemblies are plenty detailed RS Means cost data embedded in the program makes pricing/budget very easy Multiple ways to view information in reports Customer service

Cons

Install was a little tricky Missing a few assemblies I would like to have (minor issue) learning curve at the very beginning, but became very proficient after a few trial and error moments

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Jon Traveller

Excellent Software

2017-02-23

I was looking for a powerful software that we could use to build a system for our estimating process.

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.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Manuel Gonzalez

Estimating Software build from the point of view of the contractor

2015-11-04

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.

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

I believe software should conform to the way you do business and not the other way around, you should not have to change overnight everything it took years to learn, to have to conform to a format that doesn't reflect how we do our jobs, or made no sense from the industry point of view. Software should adapt to the approach and methods that have proven true time and time again for your organization, make the software learn from you. If your company is doing the transition from another system or "OLD SCHOOL" of ruler, pen, and pad. The program and its functionality should make sense to you, even if you never sat in from of a computer. It should follow the same approach you take in creating an estimate as if you were doing it with paper and pen. Look for a program with a reasonable learning curve, justifiable price, good technical support as well as the ability to grow and adapt to the unique way you conduct your business with all its needs and constant demands that new technology brings. Before using Proest, we try other programs that were truly hard to learn. This resulted in a new set of issues and challenges when it came time to hire a new person. It takes time to teach any system to a new employee. Proest solved all that for us by creating a database unique to our firm, a database that used the same approach and methodology that we can relate to, lowering the learning curve considerably. Good software should be intuitable, it should follow the same order and path you take to resolved and complete your task and get the job done fast and accurate.

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Beth Larchar

ProEst is OK

2018-02-08

Our suggestions for improvement are taken seriously.

Pros

It's easy to use and the customer support is really great. The Report Center was the draw to the software (and that it's cloud based).

Cons

The report center isn't quite what it's cracked up to be.

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Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
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Mike Summers

Support is excelent

2016-08-25

Pros

The customer support is outstanding. Training was good.

Cons

Add features to allow the exporting of database to other software, so it can be manipulated.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

To test the software for a week is not enough time for software as complicated like this. Make a list of must haves and talk to the vendors.

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Chris Armstrong

Efficient but kind of clunky.

2015-12-15

Pros

It makes drawing takeoffs simpler and allows multilayer markups on a single pdf, estimating and responding to RFPs is far less time consuming.

Cons

The user interface is cumbersome and has too many window pop ups.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

Test drive as many programs as you can before finally pulling the trigger on just one, there's a wide variety out there.

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Colby Phillips

ProEst rating

2014-09-18

Pros

I like how fast I can take off a job.

Cons

I wish there was a pan feature. I have to zoom in and out of the drawing.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
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Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

Be honest. Tell people what you really think about the software.

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Milan Vucinic

2013-08-13

I've have implemented this software in the residential home building industry. By estimating the budgets for newly designed product, it has literally saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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C.K. Smith

ProEst gives us an advantage over our competition.

2013-12-02

Pros

The ease of use and ability to perform quick takeoffs has sped up the productivity and accuracy of our bids.

Cons

We are a Mac-based company and have been using this product via parallels on a Windows-based platform. Although we've requested they develop a Mac version, it doesn't sound like it's in their future. We will be heading in a new direction this year because running two operating systems simultaneously bogs our systems down too much and ProEst is the only reason we run Windows.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

If you run Windows, this is a top-notch company and product. If you have a Mac and want to run this product via parallels, I hope you have a really good Mac.

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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Good if not better than other estimating software. Much competition- But very reliable

2018-04-09

Pros

Once I figured out how to easily put in bids and add-ons I figured out the rest.

Cons

A bit much to figure out. Wish it were simpler. How to add field extras and designating the responsible department was not originally clear.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Justin Hyatt

Pro Est Estimating Software is a good deal for the money

2015-05-28

Pros

Excellent customer service. In the rare events when we have questions or issues, customer service usually returns calls within 1 hour.

Cons

Unit prices are fairly reliable and based on RS Means data.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

Make sure it comes with good support. ProEst does, which is one reason we are happy with it.

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Tucker Hicks

Pro Est

2017-06-16

I've really enjoyed getting to know the software and putting it to use for my every day estimating operations.

Pros

They have thought of everything. Every line item you can think of is included, and they can all be altered to align perfectly with your business. Customer service has been excellent as well.

Cons

You must receive training before being able to utilize all of the functions of the software. It can be rather difficult to use unless someone shows you first hand.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Grant Robbins

Did not perform they way it was sold to us

2017-02-04

We wanted an estimating software that would be for a general contractor and therefore not so detailed.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

1/10
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Dennis Gullion

Overwhelming at first, but worth the effort to push through.

2017-07-20

However, it eventually sunk in and now we are excited to have produced our first bid and looking forward to others.

Pros

The endless possibilities to produce what is needed. As I explore the product I expose new ways to obtain helpful information.

Cons

However, once an understanding of the product is grasped, the product becomes very helpful and decreases the time needed for an accurate bid.

Rating breakdown

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Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Great software for quantity takeoffs

2018-02-20

Pros

This tool was easy to use for quantity takeoffs.

Cons

There are many other tools that offer a measuring tool plus more, while the additional capabilities of this software are limited.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

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Amy Turnage

Many software errors.

2015-01-23

Pros

Support is fast to reply to your requests and very friendly.

Cons

I had to start over on an estimate twice due to software glitches.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

1/10

Recommendations to others considering ProEst

Ask for a free 30-day trial and don't just rely on the training demos to make a decision.

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Response from Jeff


It's unfortunate that they did not have a good experience but we really do not support Mac machines which were utilized by this client. A PC is really needed to best utilize ProEst and its functionality. If the client buys a PC we will gladly extend their service contract at no cost.

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