It’s a good idea to look long term when considering a software solution, as buying a pack of band-aids will only fix minor cuts…
Before you go out and buy any software, look back to last week, last month and last year and note down all of the issues you faced on the construction site and in the office.
When you write all of the hours and costs associated down and divide them by 10, you’ll have an indicative budget to spend on software to improve your business. You’ll spend another 20 to 25% implementing the software, and in the future, you’ll eliminate those errors, and when done right, you will see a net profit increase.
We are all guilty of this: Buying software that fixes one issue in our business only to find out it doesn’t fit into the total system. As a result, we buy multiple software packages that kind of link together, and eventually, we end up with a semi-connected jumbled mess and uncertainty.
The key to buying the right software is to find integrated software that delivers an end-to-end solution. If the design changes, the price changes, and so do all of the details, purchase orders, quotes and margins.
The best software for residential home builders or extension and renovation companies is Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) software meshed with Building Information Modelling (BIM), as it covers design estimating, structure, accounts, scheduling and client sales.
|PDF, IFC & CAD drawing import||YES||YES||YES|
|3D Plan tracing & Design||YES||YES||YES|
|Time to become proficient||2-4 weeks||6+ Months||6+ Months|
|Detail Estimating BOQ to Purchase order Sub/Supplier||YES||NO||NO|
|Cut list & order list + automated panelization drawing||YES||NO||NO|
|Client Quoting, Invoicing & Scheduling||YES||NO||NO|
|Structural representation BIM & VDC||YES||NO||Limited|
|Simple Pricing Import||YES||NO||Limited|
|Xero & Buildertrend integration||YES||NO||NO|
|2D Plan creation||YES||YES||YES|
|Spreadsheet output prices variation etc||YES||Limited||Limited|
To find out more about how to get started with VDC & BIM software for your residential construction business, check out our website here.