Reon Paterson, GM- Smith&Sons
We run a large franchise business across New Zealand and Australia. The fact that it is cloud based makes it very easy for us to use anywhere,anytime. I also like the team and their approach to listening closely to feedback from users, they’re always looking to improve the system.
Hard to say. The variation function is limited at times as you cant use recipes to price them up quickly.
I can now keep up with all quotes & take offs, time is saved massively! Not too mention I can attach all my contracts and save all my templates from all my suppliers, I love it!!
Keeping up with all our take offs, sending invoices/quotes etc
No iPhone app, so we can access all costings and other areas that you can from a PC, I have bookmarked the site so I have easy access to some areas of Builxact from my iPhone, that’s the only improvement I can see what will make this software
not ready yet
The team was really great, they got us set up with a free trial. Ultimately it wasn't a great fit for our company.
the company and people are fantastic and are certainly head in the right direction with a lot of great ideas.
The program isn't quite ready for the level of detail I would prefer to provide to construction clients
Ease of use
10 out of 10
The ease of being able to transfer a price list to Build Xact and supply a formal quote all in one place is amazing. All integrated with Xero !!
Cannot see the final price figure including mark up, on the quoting system before opening the quote.
We absolutely love Build xact, it's not perfect for my individual desires but it sure does capture my needs in a massive way, we can't imagine operating without it now.
there is nothing like being certain on your pricing when negotiating with clients and subbies, it puts you in such a more powerful position and takes away a lot of the stress
I love the take off tools and the ease of generating a quotation, it allows me to get ontop of pricing and take offs and the ability to calculate variations based off of subcontractors m2 rates without waiting for my subbies to get back to me is invaluable.
also when entering the line items I love that it can allow me to add in a picture into the specifications so that my client knows exactly what products are included in my quote and it also gives me to option to nominate items as provisional costs or provisional sums at the click of a button further more, I can select if the item is a task in the schedule so I have the ease of generating a gannt chart as i go with little to no down time so when I submit my quote I know exactly how long I need to build.
overall they have captured everything well and the only items I dont like are some of the little bugs that come with developing such a great software such as:
1. I would like a little more functionality in the plan scaling section.
2. The RFQ's tie themselves to line items and can't be adjusted without deleting the RFQ's or overriding them manually
3. All RFQ's have to be tied to a Job, you can't send off rfq's once the project becomes a Job for further item shopping for savings nor can you issue the rfq to subbies without having to mess around with your Quotes and categories.
4. the project cost analysis only seems to work off of purchase orders and work orders, you can't just tally up numbers under line items such as fixings which may require 10=15 receipts so you need to create a purchase order to tally it up. also, you can only issue invoices in the cost plus projects for expenses worn and not preempt expenses which makes it impossible to issue invoices in a pro active manner to get the client paying the bill.
6. The gannt chart lacks the flexibility and function that I am used to from such programs as smart sheet (another great software that we use)
5. It would be great to have it as an app and in the future look at expanding the software to a fully integrated project management software similar to plan grid
Simple & Effective software for Builders
Buildxact has been an extremely effective business support tool for our network of builders providing them virtually one place to run their business.
Buildxact is a comprehensive estimating and job tracking software package for builders and building companies of all sizes. It's simplicity of use yet effectiveness to cover nearly all aspects relatable to a construction project has made it the number choice for our network of builders which has positively impacted their businesses and lives.
Buildxact lacks a detailed CRM tool but this can be covered by other additional applications. However, I do believe Buildxacts version is in production phase for release soon.
Most Practical Builders Estimating and Quoting Software
Since Using Build Exact i have won more work.
my business management has improved and able to stay on top of my estimates, its ease of use.
professional quotes which make you stand out to others.
Overall its the best Estimating/takeoff cloud based system.
i highly recommend it to all business in the construction industry.
Ease of use
Fast and easy to get the hang of it
Makes Fantastic Automatic Quotes for your clients which make you stand out.
Job Tracking and Management
what else can i say its the all rounder package that has given me the advantage in winning more work
I haven't had any issues with the system, they are constantly upgrading and making it more user friendly.
Not Just For Builders !
Spot on !
We have customised this product to work specifically for Plastering ! Once set up correctly saves enormous work loads in quoting , purchase ordering , invoicing etc .
Not being able to manipulate some data fields to work with third party applications
Just what we needed.
Buidxact has sped up our estimating and the templates we've created have made us a lot more efficient.
It's easy to use, being able to upload the drawings and do the takeoffs has saved us heaps of time.
While it's not really a con, we already use a CRM and project management software for our jobs and cost tracking so these features aren't really relevant to us.
Software you must have for your building business
The system is great in ensuring you get 'take offs' right and mange that process well.
Buildxact is a very user friendly platform. It ensures money is saved during the estimating process and margins are clearly identified. Buildxact streamlines efficiencies and frees up time for you to run the business.
We have not come up against any challenges so far.