Clear Estimates Review
By Joshua Stowers, business.com Writer | Updated Jan 17, 2020
Clear Estimates is powerful yet easy-to-use construction estimating software that allows you to create estimates in minutes and accurately calculate cost data. This software is specifically designed for residential remodeling, including kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and basement renovation. Although remodeling is its specialty, Clear Estimates supports other trades, such as roofing, painting, HVAC, plumbing and electrical.
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As a web-based program, Clear Estimates can be used on Windows, Mac, tablets and any other device that has internet access. It integrates with online and desktop versions of QuickBooks, and allows you to save your proposals in PDF, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel format and export them to Excel or Word. With a Clear Estimates Pro account, the software also integrates with the Buildertrend construction project management software. Its cloud and remodeling features stand out the most, improving workflow speeds and workspace fluidity.
Clear Estimates offers three monthly subscriptions: Standard, Pro and Franchise accounts. No contract is necessary, and you can cancel your subscription at any time. All new customers receive a 30-day free trial, and you don't make the first payment until the end of the first billing month.
- Cost: $59 per month
- Features: This subscription includes one login for access to your estimates, custom templates, unlimited customer support, QuickBooks and Microsoft Office integration, and an extensive database of professional proposals.
- Cost: $99 per month; $9 per month for additional users
- Features: This subscription includes all the features of the Standard account and also provides logins for multiple users, integrations with Buildertrend and CRMs through Zapier, and fast invoicing.
- Cost: Starts at $249 per month
- Features: This subscription consists of all the features of the Pro account plus custom branding, feature development and employee training. You also get to host the software on your website.
On each plan, you can save 20% per month by agreeing to an annual contract.
Clear Estimate Pros
Clear Estimate provides many features that benefit your clients and team members. These are some of its standout features.
Clear Estimate is hosted in the cloud, so you don't have to download the program onto your computer. Instead, you log in to your dashboard from any web-enabled device, including tablets and smartphones. This allows you to create a new project or remodeling bid while you're with the customer, instead of waiting to get back to the office and your computer.
This software gives you premade templates for the most common projects, and you have the option to create and save your own custom templates. The software's cost book shows you the most current pricing on materials and labor for your area. Custom modification is available to make pricing reflect specific contractors or suppliers that you work with.
Clear Estimates offers contractors and construction businesses the option of remodeling all types of residential construction projects, including kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and basements. The software can generate pricing specific to your area of renovation. For instance, kitchen remodeling is the software's most popular estimate. It can gauge prices for kitchen needs such as appliances, countertops, cabinets, flooring, wall coverings and lighting. Demolition and installation are both part of the remodeling estimations.
Clear Estimates can integrate with a variety of project management, CRM and accounting software, including QuickBooks, making this construction bid program a valuable tool within your business program suite.
Clear Estimate Cons
Clear Estimates does have a few drawbacks that make it relatively difficult to use for commercial construction projects. While you can import CAD or blueprint designs, you cannot edit or interact with these programs within Clear Estimates.
It also doesn't have scheduling tools, which are important for any construction project. You can export the estimate information to a separate program for scheduling if you need to, but it would be more convenient to handle all this in one place.
Clear Estimate provides unlimited personalized support. You can contact the company directly over the phone and by email. You can also visit the company's website to start a live chat or fill out a help form.
In addition to speaking with someone, you can find a number of helpful materials on the Clear Estimates website, including tutorial videos, live webinars, an extensive knowledgebase and answers to frequently asked questions.