By Joshua Stowers, business.com Writer | Updated Jan 17, 2020
PlanSwift is a convenient construction estimation software application that is primarily designed for increasing takeoff speeds for contractors and construction business owners, but PlanSwift's versatility allows you to tailor its resources to your specific trade. PlanSwift supports several construction trades, including concrete, drywall, electrical, flooring, framing, HVAC, landscaping, painting and plumbing.
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PlanSwift charges an annual fee for its PlanSwift Professional software, which starts at $1,595 per user. You can purchase additional user licenses for $300.
The professional plan includes project support and updates for the first year. The features are directly associated with your construction business's specific trade. For example, if you're a general contractor, PlanSwift Professional can cut project durations in half with its click, drop, and estimate function. If your trade is plumbing, this service plan can measure linear feet for CPVC, drain and supply piping with ease.
PlanSwift offers one-on-one training sessions. You can purchase three sessions for $300. Each session lasts one hour, during which one of PlanSwift's instructors will show you how to use the software and customize formulas and assemblies for your construction business.
PlanSwift provides many beneficial features. Here are the ones that stood out to us for each trade.
As a general contractor, PlanSwift provides takeoff software that doesn't sacrifice functionality. It has a click, drop and estimate feature. Simply click in the designated area, drag and drop your materials, along with waste or labor costs, and the software automatically calculates your total expenses in real time. Additionally, with PlanSwift, you can share your estimates by printing or exporting your calculations.
If your trade is electrical, you can calculate conduit, wiring and cable lengths efficiently. The software adds the total number of switches and receptables, automatically calculates material costs, and exports data into the final estimate.
PlanSwift supports heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades by determining room volumes for heating and tracing linear takeoff for A/C supply lines. The software can analyze materials for HVAC assemblies and calculate costs in real time.
With PlanSwift's flooring takeoff and estimating feature, you can choose tile, carpet, hardwood or laminate floor designs, and then measure nail strip and baseboard requirements. Additionally, you can share your takeoff estimate by printing and exporting your data.
While PlanSwift receives a well-deserved spot on our list of top construction estimation software apps, it has a few drawbacks. The dashboard may seem overwhelming at first, but you can customize each window so that you see exactly what you need.
This software also doesn't appear to have many integrations available, apart from Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks.
If you need assistance, you can locate contact info for customer support within the software, so you don't have to search for it. Available help includes FAQs, live chat, video tutorials and free online classes. An interactive demo is available when you call to request it from PlanSwift. The company also offers a 14-day free trial with no credit card required.
While PlanSwift is not a Better Business Bureau-accredited business and has not yet been rated, it has not received any customer complaints in the last three years.
PlanSwift is an easy-to-use construction estimation program. You can quickly navigate through the software to find the tools you need to quickly and accurately estimate costs. Further, it provides ways for you to track material and labor costs once the bid is accepted and your project is underway.