ProEst Features

ProEst

Construction estimating software

3.76/5 (44 reviews)

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Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Application Management
Assembly Takeoff
Audit Trail
Bid Management
Bidder Management
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Building Product Database
Built-In Database
CRM
Change Order Management
Client Management
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Cost Database
Cost Estimating
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Database Support
Document Management
Document Storage
ERP
Electrical Estimating
Electronic Plans
Estimating
Historical Database
Incident Reporting
Issue Management
Job Costing
Labor Cost Reporting
Multiple User Accounts
Plumbing Estimating
Project Estimating
Project Tracking
Projections
Proposal Generation
Proposal Management
QuickBooks Integration
Quotes/Estimates
RFI & Submittals
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Subcontractor Management
Summary Reports
Takeoff
Third Party Integrations
Timesheet Management
Visual Assemblies
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Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Application Management
Assembly Takeoff
Audit Trail
Bid Management
Bidder Management
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Building Product Database
Built-In Database
CRM
Change Order Management
Client Management
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Cost Database
Cost Estimating
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Database Support
Document Management
Document Storage
ERP
Electrical Estimating
Electronic Plans
Estimating
Historical Database
Incident Reporting
Issue Management
Job Costing
Labor Cost Reporting
Multiple User Accounts
Plumbing Estimating
Project Estimating
Project Tracking
Projections
Proposal Generation
Proposal Management
QuickBooks Integration
Quotes/Estimates
RFI & Submittals
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Subcontractor Management
Summary Reports
Takeoff
Third Party Integrations
Timesheet Management
Visual Assemblies
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Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Application Management
Assembly Takeoff
Audit Trail
Bid Management
Bidder Management
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Building Product Database
Built-In Database
CRM
Change Order Management
Client Management
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Cost Database
Cost Estimating
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Database Support
Document Management
Document Storage
ERP
Electrical Estimating
Electronic Plans
Estimating
Historical Database
Incident Reporting
Issue Management
Job Costing
Labor Cost Reporting
Multiple User Accounts
Plumbing Estimating
Project Estimating
Project Tracking
Projections
Proposal Generation
Proposal Management
QuickBooks Integration
Quotes/Estimates
RFI & Submittals
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Subcontractor Management
Summary Reports
Takeoff
Third Party Integrations
Timesheet Management
Visual Assemblies
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ProEst Feature Reviews

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

Brian S.

iICON Const Procore Revirew

2020-10-12

The scheduling program lacks tremendously; the estimating and couple other modules are completely unused, otherwise very capable program for managing vendors and clients.

Pros

Vendor management, budgets, change events, change management, cost integration, document management, submittal processes, RFI processes

Cons

1, excessive separate modules rather than single page options as was 2017 version 2, lacks home page full client contact, lists only project info not people or their contact info 3, excessive message 404 errors and too much downtime on system 4, terrible schedule program; visually unable to have clients and vendors understand it

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from ProEst


Thank you, Brian, for taking the time to review ProEst! We appreciate your feedback.

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Nate H.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Software Advice
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Israel B.

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
Features
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.

Source: Software Advice
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Alejandro G.

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
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Jon S.

Game Changer

2020-10-10

There are many different ways you could use the software, from a pure budgeting stand point, to keeping historical data, to only writing formal proposals.

Pros

ProEst gives you the ability to quickly turnover a budget or estimate by integrating take offs with your historical data and translating it into a report that can be emailed directly to the owner.

Cons

The software is cloud based, if internet is down or a glitch on their end occurs it could be frustrating. This is very rare however, and shouldn't direct your decision.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from ProEst


Thanks, Jon, for taking the time to write a review! We appreciate your feedback and are glad to hear ProEst has been a good fit for your company.

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Kirk K.

Ok but not great.

2020-10-07

So so.

Pros

Nothing stands out. The desktop version seemed more complete while the cloud based seems like it was rushed out, missing key features that the desktop version had. Disappointed.

Cons

Clunky, poor flow of program through estimates, reports etc.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

4/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from ProEst


Hi Kirk, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about ProEst. We're sorry to hear that you've missed some of the old features from before ProEst switched to the Cloud. We hope that our many product updates over the last several months have resolved some of your issues. We're constantly rolling out new features, but if you're still experiencing problems, please reach out to your account manager and they'll be happy to assist you.

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Stephen B.

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
Features
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.

Source: Software Advice
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ANIEL M.

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

Once you're familiarized with the tools and order of operations for the different tasks it becomes a very useful tool.

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.

Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
(Construction company, 11-50 employees)

Could be a powerful estimating tool.

2020-10-12

Pros

Takeoffs Possible For Estimating before actual bids are received during budgeting.

Cons

Cannot overwrite the estimate with an actual number once you use the takeoff software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from ProEst


Thank you for taking the time to review ProEst! We appreciate your feedback.

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Travis M.

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
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Michael C.

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
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Software Advice
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Gregory R.

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.

Source: Software Advice
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Paul B.

View on PROEST

2020-11-23

Its easy to use but, the team has to improve lot of things to this software like it should work like Microsoft Excel

Pros

Its easy to use estimating software and saves our time in creating a price proposal to several customers of our company and easily keep track those at one place.

Cons

Its not compatible with accounting software and everyday you will find some problem with print, page setup and adding line items to the proposal.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from ProEst


Thank you, Paul, for taking the time to write a review. We're happy to hear our platform has saved you time on your estimates! If you're still experiencing issues integrating with your accounting software, please reach out to our support team (https://proest.com/submit-a-support-case/) or your account manager for assistance! ProEst integrates with various accounting software, including Foundation, Acumatica, and Quickbooks, and our team should be able to help you find a solution to your problem.

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Jon T.

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

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Milan V.

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support
Source: Software Advice
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Helen M.

ProEst

2020-09-29

Overall it is a great system, they have an awesome trainer that will work with you until you got it. Customer service is also real helpful.

Pros

I like the fact they have modernized the software to a cloud based system, also like the fact 2 people can work in the same estimate at the same time.

Cons

I think that they need to work on adding features, the reports are a little hard to manipulate especially when you are trying to allocate.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from ProEst


Thank you, Helen, for taking the time to review ProEst. We appreciate your feedback. We're glad ProEst has been a good fit for your company and that you've found our trainer and customer service team helpful!

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Grant R.

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

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

1/10
Source: Software Advice
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Chad B.

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
Source: Software Advice
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Chris A.

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.

Source: Software Advice
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Clint C.

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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marco s.

ProEst Simple experience with Options for customization

2021-01-11

Overall ProEst has been great, easy to learn and use, and can still have many more options for customization

Pros

The fact that it is easy to customize the take-off settings and get a clear measuring tool when needed

Cons

Integration with other CRMs is a little bit more tricky.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from ProEst


Thank you, Marco, for taking the time to write a review! We're glad to hear you've found ProEst customizable and easy to use. If you're still experiencing issues integrating with your CRM, please reach out to our support team (https://proest.com/submit-a-support-case/) or your account manager, and they will be happy to help you find a solution.

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Tucker H.

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
Source: Software Advice
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Sandeep M.

ProEst Review

2020-10-05

ok

Pros

I can keep all my quotes at one place and easy to use.

Cons

I have already suggested them a lot to change. I want them to make it like excel format.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from ProEst


Thank you, Sandeep, for taking the time to review ProEst! We're happy to hear that you've found our platform easy to use. We understand that switching from Excel to estimating software can be an adjustment, but we hope that you've found ProEst to be a more streamlined and accurate solution for your company.

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Manuel G.

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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Amy T.

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
Features
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.

Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No

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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