Sage Estimating Review
By Joshua Stowers, business.com Writer | Updated Jan 17, 2020
With its sleek interface, Sage Estimating provides high-quality cost-tracking tools, including accounting and job costing, contract and billing estimating, project management, purchasing and inventory management, and digital takeoffs, which makes it one of the best software options for construction estimation. Sage Estimating specializes in creating accurate cost estimates in less time, and with e-takeoff, you can avoid takeoff errors and speed the overall estimating process.
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The costs of Sage Estimation are determined by the number of users, the size of your business, modules purchased, if you need the software customized and training needs. However, prices start around $3,500 for the basic software program.
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. If you think Sage Estimation might be a good fit for you, you'll need to contact the company directly to talk about your specific needs and to receive a customized price quote.
Sage Estimating Pros
Sage Estimating provides many features that benefit your clients and team members. Here's more about the those tools.
Liberty Reports is a feature that turns Microsoft Excel into a fully functional reporting and analysis tool that connects to your construction company's Sage Estimating software and accounting data. This allows you to present your data professionally with all of the visual features of an Excel spreadsheet.
Sage Business Cloud
Sage Business Cloud is a solution that you can add to your Sage Estimating software to manage your construction business, such as accounting and finance, payroll and assets. These services are best for small and medium-size businesses.
Sage Estimating allows you to customize your spreadsheets. With its drag-and-drop feature, you can easily add and delete items or adjust which columns appear on your spreadsheet. These customized spreadsheets can then be saved, stored and later recalled. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of spreadsheet layouts you can have.
5D BIM is an e-takeoff bridge for Sage Estimating that's designed to simplify estimating by combining 2D digital drawings and 3D models. Building information modeling (BIM) is a design concept adopted by many contractors that's generally used as a cost estimating model. BIM construction objects can include the dimensions of a construction project used by estimators, which cuts the time needed for estimating takeoff in half.
Sage Estimating integrates with Sage's apps and business services, including its accounting and business management programs. Sage also integrates with other third-party programs.
Sage Estimating Cons
There were two drawbacks we found with Sage Estimating: the lack of CAD support and no third-party integration with customer relationship management (CRM) software. You can import construction designs into the software, but Sage Estimating doesn't have any CAD design tools.
Sage did not appear to integrate with any CRM program other than its own, which is included in Sage 300.
Another downside to Sage is its rating with the Better Business Bureau. The company has an F rating. According to the BBB, the reason for the failing grade is due to Sage's failure to respond to 15 complaints filed against the company.
Sage provides online demonstrations and training of its software. Customer support is available online, by phone or by email during regular business hours.
Sage Estimating is an all-in-one construction estimating software program that offers HR, accounting and management support. With many desirable features, this software can accommodate several types of construction businesses.