Sage Estimating Features

Sage Estimating

Automated enterprise estimation

4.12/5 (78 reviews)

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Sage Estimating Feature Reviews

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

Kevin v.

Nice product, integrates well with Sage 300 CRE

2017-08-15

Overall, a nice addition for your Estimating team.

Pros

We used this product for our estimators in my last Commercial Construction company. Works well with Sage 300 CRE. Allows you to set certain standard prices like labor rates. Calculate burden, buys, etc.

Cons

Many good features like importing into your Sage Project Management software.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Michael G.

Powerful product that is well integrated

2017-01-19

The product is capable of being enterprise-wide for a contractor or construction management firm, with the ability to bring in information from external sources.

Pros

Plenty of customization is available to have the output look and feel the way you want it, many modules to attach to and the ability to draw from database pricing information from external sources.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve for the beginning user. This is not a product for the occasional user.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Sage Estimating

Determine if this much power is needed, but if it is, this is the ultimate product and it is well supported.

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Ivan B.

End User

2021-05-17

Estimating spreadsheet is flexible, easy, and visually understandable.

Pros

Take off items and assemblies Detail Window Totals Window Easy to manipulate the estimate WBS organization Alternate option pricing

Cons

Subcontractor Grid is a mess Job Cost interphase is a mess Alternate calculation on Indirect costs need to be fixed

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your business and look forward to helping drive your continued success in construction and real estate.

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Ben B.

Sage Estimating

2018-01-25

Pros

Great database options for General Contractors that allows for more complex and complete estimates.

Cons

Due to the layout of the software it is hard to use Sage for hard bid jobs and incorporating alternates.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Mark R.

I have worked with Sage Estimating all the way back when it was Timberline Estimating, excellent .

2018-05-30

Accurate estimates and diverse reports

Pros

The ability to slice and dice your estimate data is extremely powerful along with their use of WBS codes.

Cons

The tech support has been a bit of a struggle but thank goodness for qualified consultants and Business Partners that can act as your first line of support.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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virgil g.

Sage Timberline

2017-02-21

Had to customize some fields to be project specific, but software allowed us to do so quickly.

Pros

Quick to use if you already know estimating

Cons

Proprietary data was incomplete for specific projects

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10

Recommendations to others considering Sage Estimating

Spend some time building out your project specific data before starting to estimate

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Richard M.

Pursuit of Excellence

2017-05-01

I invested into my estimating toolbox and acquired my Estimating License in 1996.

Pros

Having worked with much of the competitions to Sage Estimating software while working for General Contractors it has been easy to compare features and functionality.

Cons

There really is nothing negative that I can consider.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Tim B.

Keep all of your estimate and bid information in one place

2018-04-10

Pros

It has some great interactive tools to help build and share your estimates with clients, contractors, suppliers, and others.

Cons

The customer service on this product is the one thing that I absolutely have to mention. We have had some issues come up in the past and it seems that getting in touch with the right person can be a chore in and of itself. Once you do get through to that person you have to hope that they understand your problem well enough to assist you. I hope it's only us who have experienced issues with this, but I would not be honest if I didn't mention it here.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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Chris D.

Opinion of a long time user

2021-08-16

I do all my estimating for bid work and negotiated jobs on the software

Pros

The ability to copy estimates so i can make modifications during the design phase of a design build without loosing the original estimate.

Cons

yes, setting up simple and complex takeoff packages with variables can be a little bothersome.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Ana M.

User friendly

2016-10-11

As an estimator, I use Timberline to estimate projects with value of $1M+.

Pros

User friendly Data autosave Customizable reports

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Sage Estimating

Highly recommend it if your projects are $1M+, otherwise it may be quite costly for your office.

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Ryan L.

Sage Estimating

2021-03-16

Overall, i love the product and would purchase again. Recommend to anyone.

Pros

The software is very very customizable as far as formulas and detailing to your way of estimating. Links with other sage softwares and streamlines a lot of the process

Cons

Also, some kind of bid manangement or request for bid within sage estimating would be useful.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from Sage


Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your business and look forward to helping drive your continued success in construction and real estate.

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Janet K.

Estimating multi million dollar underground utility construction

2019-01-09

Another pro is that this software can integrate with SAGE 300 Accounting, which will not only import the estimate, but also create purchase orders and email those purchase orders based on your estimate. Once you've learned how to use this and set it up it significantly saves time.

Pros

While this product provides you with sample databases, it is best used by creating your own database with phase codes and pricing as you do your construction. You are able to separate each phase into categories, i.e., Labor, Material, etc. There are some standard ones, but you can also add your own categories which adds to the flexibility of this software.

Cons

You need one main person who controls all changes to the database, keeps pricing updated, controls anyone changing/adding phase codes, etc.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Hogan H.

Sage Estimating - A Powerful Construction Estimating Package!

2015-02-14

Pros

Sage Estimating can handle multi-building estimates, multiple work breakdown structures, and any other bid breakdowns that are needed.

Cons

I've used Sage (and previously Timberline) for nearly 20 years, and the only consistent gripe I have is that installation of the program is tedious and has always required the help of an IT expert.

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Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Sage Estimating

Sage Estimating is a fantastic estimating tool, but be prepared for an arduous installation process and be willing to do some serious customization of the database. It's difficult to find a software program that does everything exactly like your company wants. With Sage Estimating, you can get the program to estimate and price work exactly as you want to, but it will require manipulation of the very robust standard database (many trade-specific databases are available for purchase).

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John B.

Estimate Management

2021-09-07

Overall Sage SQL Estimating is a very stable and robustly powerful estimating tool.

Pros

One of the best things about Sage SQL Estimating is the ability to breakdown an estimate into an unbelievable number of different ways allowing both company standard breakdowns and complex bid form breakdowns at the same time.

Cons

The two most limiting drawbacks of this software is the inability to create a specification driven takeoff system. The second drawback is the ability to error check the takeoff against a specification to make sure the entry is conforming to the specification and/or is correctly entered. Some of this can be done through assemblies, but not all of this can be done and is why this is very limited for the use of Process Piping System.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Clay Z.

Hottest Estimating Software on the Market!

2017-07-14

This is probably the most flexible estimating software available today.

Pros

From basic estimating needs to a complex reporting system, this software can do it.

Cons

Takes time to set-up properly. The software is ready to go out of the box, but to fine tune to make it "hum" takes more than just starting it up.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Robin H.

2011-12-30

.), Budgets - sort by job cost summary instantly, etc.

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Steven M.

The most dynamic

2016-11-04

Sage estimating software allows companies and their individual users to literally make exactly the database that perfectly fits their needs.

Pros

Adding, changing and maneuvering existing data is made easy with "Database Manager".

Cons

The biggest con is the cost per user and the maintenance fee.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Sage Estimating

To have all the advantages of this estimating product and keep the cost down you can purchase One database and put it on a server that can be accessed from anywhere and a minimal amount of uses per office that can be shared.

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Greg M.

I have used Timberline Estimating since the mid 1990s.

2015-01-12

Pros

Precision Estimating is exactly what it sounds like--the most exact way to estimate a project!

Cons

The most difficult part of using the software is in the initial setup.

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Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Sage Estimating

You get out of the software what you put into it, so it is best to allow plenty of time for your estimating staff to set it up, check it for accuracy, and then implement! It took me about a year to become completely comfortable with it, but I haven't seen another estimating package that even comes close to Timberline.

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Nick F.

My Estimate Backup

2018-12-17

Pros

When I dive into an estimate, Sage Estimating helps identify all scopes and pricing that i need to present to a client for an accurate future budget.

Cons

Lastly, is importing into Google drive excel spreadsheet which is very specific but we use that between the client and ourselves.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Emad Y.

Timberline

2016-10-27

Timberline is a good old program that can be utilized for estimating however, you need to have a good database of prices to make it effective and you need to update these prices often to make it effective.

Pros

It does complex estimating.

Cons

It has old features that are hard to change. Timberline does not change the programming technology to make it easier to use..

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Sage Estimating

It is expensive. Excel can replace this program.

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Nishant M.

A must use software for construction industry !!

2017-02-01

Estimating project while bidding this software is a great help.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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John H.

Bid Grid no good

2020-10-27

Good.

Pros

The ability to make numerous alternates and locations.

Cons

The way Bid Grid works.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from Sage


Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your business and look forward to helping drive your continued success in construction and real estate.

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Tien L.

Simple & Effective

2021-07-15

Overall satisfied with SAGE products, reliable and affordable

Pros

Compatible with SAGE Contractor

Cons

Too many columns, convoluted and unnecessary Material waste check box should be set as default value of CHECKED, or remove completely to avoid missed calculation on waste Need add more columns for add-on breakdown (OH&P, tax)

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Heather F.

Sage Estimating Review

2014-08-25

Pros

The software is okay, but it needs work.

Cons

I wish it was all in one instead of three different pieces to do job cost, estimating, and purchase orders.

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Likelihood to recommend

5/10

Recommendations to others considering Sage Estimating

Use it before committing if possible.

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Ray H.

My Timberline Accessment

2021-03-18

It saves overall time in lieu of using an excel estimate.

Pros

I've used it in the past when it was simply Timberline (both DOS and Windows versions) with other companies. It is easy to use

Cons

Don't care much for the yearly cost as it seems excessive.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from Sage


Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your business and look forward to helping drive your continued success in construction and real estate.

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