STACK is our choice as the best inexpensive construction estimation software. Their free service plan is perfect for very small businesses, offering enough features to get your construction company off the ground. STACK provides unlimited training and support, no matter the service plan. In addition to its free plan, there are paid plans, for which you can use a major credit card to pay for your subscription. Additionally, student discounts are offered for some construction schools across the country.
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STACK is available in four service plans ‒ the free plan and three paid plans. For the paid plans, STACK charges an annual fee based on the number of users. Here is a breakdown of the price of each plan and the features the subscription comes with.
Cost: $0 per user, per year
Features included: This service plan allows two concurrent projects, seven-day project access, 10 measurements per project and multiuser, real-time collaboration.
Cost: $999 per user, per year
Features included: The plus service plan includes all the features of the free plan and in-app support, takeoff assistance, takeoff auto counting, unlimited project access and measurements per project, and custom database importing and exporting options.
Cost: $1,799 per user, per year
Features included: With the Pro service plan, you get all the features of the Plus plan, formula and assembly review, cost code management, labor and material expense reports, and a project cost calculator.
STACKT for Teams
Cost: $5,999 per user, per year
Features included: The STACKT for Teams includes all the features of the Pro plan plus a single sign-on feature, open API access, custom item and assembly build services, and onsite training.
A free demo is available. Student discounts are also offered. Many colleges and construction-focused schools across the U.S use STACK, and the company offers low and no-cost options.
STACK provides several features that will immediately benefit your clients and team members, including adding and storing plans from any source, organizing pages quickly, and looking up content and plan titles in STACK's database.
STACK allows your construction business to upload plans and estimate data from anywhere with mobile device compatibility. There are integrations with DropBox, Evernote, Google Drive and OneDrive. BuilderTrend, eSUB and RedTeam are among the project management integrations available. Here's more about STACK's other features.
Unlimited Training and Support
STACK's comprehensive help center offers unlimited access to their trainers for trade or project-specific assistance throughout the entire term of your subscription.
Cloud Project Storage and Takeoff
Premium subscriptions give you greater flexibility to do more in STACK. Your data is stored on STACK's servers so you never run out of space. Additionally, because you can access STACK from any computer, tablet, or mobile device connected to the internet, collaboration is easy. All users have access to the same information, and any updates or work performed will sync in real time.
Regular Maintenance and Software Updates
Improving its platform is a huge priority at STACK and is heavily driven by feedback from customers. Since STACK is a cloud-based application, you receive these updates and improvements automatically, with no action required on your end.
Export to Excel
Quickly and accurately finish your project by exporting to Excel with STACK's Microsoft Excel integration. Their report sync add-in and project cost calculator can help with adding markup, overhead, and profit to finalize your quote.
While STACK has a lot of the features we looked for in an inexpensive estimation software, there were a few drawbacks. The free service plan comes with a lot of limitations. For instance, you can manage only two concurrent projects, and you're allowed 10 measurements per project. You can create a free account to leverage Pro-level features on any project for seven days. Additionally, you can add as many users as you'd like and only upgrade if you need to.
While the free plan is great for new construction businesses, as your business grows, the annual prices increase to nearly $1,000 per user, per year, or $83 per user, per month. If you purchase a STACK subscription, be prepared to encounter higher fees further down the line.
STACK users receive unlimited training and support, including phone, email and web support. Each service plan includes live and on-demand training. STACK's 24/7 support offers how-to's, tips, tutorials, plus articles, webinars, events, news and software updates.
We called STACK posing as a prospective small business owner who was interested in the software. During the call, we discussed a range of topics, including cloud project storage and the specifics of each of their subscription service plans. Overall, we were pleased with the level of service and the answers we received to our questions.
While STACK is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau, it has an A+ rating. As of November 2019, there had only been one complaint closed against the company in the past three years.