ProEst Estimating Review
By Joshua Stowers, business.com Writer | Updated Jan 17, 2020
ProEst is an all-inclusive construction estimating software program that provides some of the best project management and digital takeoff tools in the construction industry. It's primarily designed for commercial construction businesses, but its range of digital takeoff tools, combined with its informative databases, make it a versatile construction estimating application.
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The biggest obstacle for any commercial construction estimating software is its learning curve. ProEst understands this and created its building estimation software interface to mimic the Microsoft Office suite. This makes ProEst's features more accessible.
ProEst charges a one-time annual fee for the software. The ProEst Unlimited subscription plan doesn't charge setup fees; you're not bound by a long-term contract; and it supports unlimited users, estimates, and storage.
When we contacted the software company, the representative we spoke with was not able to provide us with specific pricing information. The state your business operates in, the type of work you perform, and the size of your business influence the price of the software. Therefore, you'll need to contact ProEst to talk with a representative about your specific needs and the cost of the software for your business. You can schedule a free demo to gain a better idea of how the software works and if it's well suited for your construction business.
ProEst provides many features that benefit your clients and team members. Here's more about the features we were impressed with.
ProEst can scan and import digital files, such as PDF, TIF, AutoCAD and more. You then can use the digital takeoff tool and ProEst's databases to craft an estimate. Furthermore, the software interacts with digital blueprints, or CAD designs, and plans in a variety of formats for quick importation and analysis of those plans to generate a fast estimate.
ProEst integrates with all of the popular project management and spreadsheet applications. No matter how you may have crafted your bids in the past, ProEst can take those bids and assimilate them into its database for archiving or alteration purposes.
Tracking material and labor cost changes is an easy task with ProEst's RSMeans construction cost dataset. You stay up to date with all of your construction projects and spend less time manually entering estimate data. The database includes location indexes, productivity rates, team member compositions and contractor's profit rates.
ProEst offers professional proposal reporting for your clients and contractors, which allows you to create robust labor reports and estimate data.
The biggest drawback of ProEst is that you can't use the program out in the field. Since it doesn't have a mobile app, you must calculate your estimates and create the final bid once you've returned to your office.
Second, we were disappointed that we could not get even a pricing estimate from the company. It's nice to have an idea (even if it's a ballpark figure) of what a software platform might cost so you know whether or not it fits into your budget before further researching the product.
ProEst offers unlimited training and customer support, including web-based, classroom and onsite training. When you purchase ProEst, there is a 90-day implementation period before you begin using the software. Implementation begins with a kickoff meeting. The company will next migrate your existing data and import it into the new software. ProEst also provides a training session to your staff so they know how to complete functions in the application. There is a final completion meeting once data migration and training has occurred, followed by your go-live date.
ProEst is a high-quality, commercial construction estimating software application that supports construction businesses of all sizes. The software has been around for more than 40 years, and it shows in the depth and comprehensiveness of its software. Furthermore, its interactive interface is easy to use and can easily be customized to suit the needs of your construction business.