By Joshua Stowers, business.com Writer | Updated Jan 17, 2020
CoConstruct is one of the top names in construction estimation, providing some of the highest-rated custom building and remodeling software across the country. We chose it as the best overall construction estimation software because it offers the most features and benefits of all the estimation software we researched, at an affordable price point. There is no additional monthly charge per user once exceeding three added users in your service plan. All you pay is the base monthly rate, and all plans allow unlimited users.
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The software also includes unlimited prospect and estimate projects, and it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you're not happy with your service or experience within that time, you will receive a full refund. This web-based software supports both iOS and Android mobile devices.
CoConstruct charges a monthly fee based on how many projects you are working on and the included features. The software is available in three service plans. Here is a breakdown of each plan:
- Monthly cost: Ranges from $199 for 3-5 projects to $349 for 16-20 projects
- Features: This plan includes unlimited users, project scheduling, warranty tracking, to-dos and jobsite logging, QuickBooks Desktop integration, and financial control with estimates, bids, budgets, purchase orders and invoices. This plan is available via web and mobile.
- Monthly cost: Ranges from $249 for 3-5 projects to $449 for 16-20 projects
- Features: This plan features all the benefits of the Core plan, plus CRM tracking, GPS tagging, license tracking, and advanced photo features like annotation and 360-degree images.
- Monthly cost: Ranges from $299 for one or two projects to $599 for 16-20 projects
- Features: In addition to all the features of the Core and Standard plans, the Plus plan offers a more in-depth building experience with client selection management, access to project prices such as overages and change orders, and the option of a custom-branded web and mobile app. The Plus plan also features optional client visibility and full collaboration via messages, files, and photos; you can grant your trade partners mobile access to assignments and files.
The software provides a free demo to display its features and benefits, as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee. All CoConstruct asks is that you complete three scheduled coaching calls with its dedicated implementation coach. Afterward, if you don't see a fit for your construction business within the first 30 days, it will refund your subscription payments. The software requires no contract for cloud-based deployment, and it charges no upfront fees or recurring costs beyond your subscription payments.
CoConstruct believes in tying costs to the things that make you money, which is why its pricing is based on the number of projects you have under construction. Your number of ongoing active jobsites is all you pay for. You can adjust your number of projects under construction at any time with no change fees.
CoConstruct provides numerous features that benefit your clients and team members. With its single-entry estimation, you can simply enter the data once and not worry about double entries causing estimation errors. Its project flexibility can provide structure to your workflow, making price and estimate data easier for your employees and clients to access and understand. The cross-feature integration can help your business not only set a budget and estimate the cost of projects, but also maintain client schedules in real time.
The software has end-to-end integration to make detailed bid requests, trade communication, and estimate updates faster and more accurately. CoConstruct's streamlined bidding process allows you to create bids in minutes without worrying about double entry, waiting on trades or wasting time.
Unlike with other estimate software, the trade workers can tell you if they plan to bid with a single click. They'll also receive automatic reminders as the due date approaches.
With its mobile app, available on iOS and Android devices, CoConstruct provides access to your team, clients and trades from anywhere. It offers in-app clock-ins, shift scheduling, selection checking, to-do lists, and push notifications to provide real-time updates.
Uploading and viewing 360-degree photos allows for faster communication. With a single tap, you can document an entire room in one photo and share the interactive photos with remote clients and team members.
While CoConstruct has nearly everything we looked for in construction estimation software, it lacks some of the integrations we looked for. It does integrate with QuickBooks and Xero, but some of its competitors offer additional accounting and CRM integration options. Another useful integration it's missing is the ability to import AutoCAD for design and flooring plan data.
CoConstruct doesn't provide a free trial either – you'll have to pay for the first month, fully use the service and then request your money back within 30 days if you end up not liking how the software works.
To test the level of service CoConstruct offers, we contacted the company by phone, posing as a small business owner interested in its software. The representative we spoke to was helpful and answered all of our questions thoroughly. We discussed a variety of topics, including the support options and 30-day money-back guarantee. Overall, we were very impressed with the customer service.
CoConstruct users have abundant training and support options. You can call to speak with a support representative or send an email to an expert if you have any concerns. Live chat support is available 24/7.
The company also offers hands-on training, including proactive check-ins, and helpful videos and webinars. These options are all free of charge and available on all service plans.
CoConstruct is not an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, but it does have an A rating on the site. As of November 2019, only been two complaints had been closed against the company in the past three years.