Clear Estimates

Cloud-based contracting estimation tool for builders

About Clear Estimates

Clear Estimates is a cloud-based construction estimating solution that provides cost and pricing data of more than 400 areas across the US. Pricing information related to parts is updated automatically on a quarterly basis through the software's integration with RemodelMax. The tool enables contractors to determine project cost, manage part library, maintain project database and produce proposals.

Clear Estimates offers customizable in-built templates for cost estimation of various job types including garages, bathrooms, and kitchens. The tool provides a complete estimate to contractors when they select a template and add square footage of the job. They can also add or remove parts or change the pricing details to generate job-specific estimates.

Clear Estimates helps in proposal creation by enabling remodelers or contractors to simply add parts to pre-defined templates. Each part has pre-written contract language which allows users to generate proposals automatically. These proposals can be custom-branded with the company’s logo, phone number, and address.

Clear Estimates can be accessed through any web browser on mobile devices also. As the text size on smartphone or tablet appears very small, it should only be used to check bid prices or other updates. Entire estimate creation takes longer on small screen, but users can still try it through their tablets by using pre-defined templates only.

Clear Estimates provides a full-feature, 30-day free trial.

Pricing starting from:

US$59.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Clear Estimates

? Clear Estimates enables contractors to customize the boilerplate language which gives a professional look to the proposals and makes them look like legal contracts.

? The tool helps to avoid the repetition of similar work for each estimate by providing the option duplicate a project or component, which creates an editable copy of the existing lookalike project.

? Clear Estimates provides an import/export feature which allows contractors or remodelers to share pre-existing customizable templates with other team members.

? The solution allows users to modify the overall cost of a job by changing the prices of individual items; material, labor, and subcontractor; considered for cost calculation.

? Clear Estimates integrates with QuickBooks and allows users to export project and customer information in *.IIF file format which can be imported to QuickBooks.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$59.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Clear Estimates Software - Clear Estimates login page
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Clear Estimates Software - Detail parts and labor-related costs within a project
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Features

Total features of Clear Estimates: 27

  • Accounting Integration
  • Audit Trail
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Change Order Management
  • Contractor Management Software
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • Historical Database
  • Job Costing Software
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management Software
  • Project Templates
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Residential
  • Third Party Integrations
  • What-if Analysis

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(113)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.2/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Support Software
4.6/5

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Jason
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great software for the technically challenged tradesman.

Reviewed on 3/27/2020

I am able to have faster turn around times on my quote generation for my potential new customers. I...

I am able to have faster turn around times on my quote generation for my potential new customers. I really like the invoice and payment options. Make running a business more streamlined and efficient.

Pros

I am not a very technical guy. I work in the trades and I can repair most anything. Clear estimates is easy for me to learn and use. The training videos are extremely helpful. If I can use this software to generate professional quotes anyone can. Anytime I have needed personal assistance over the phone they were always there for me. They want me to be successful using this software. It is very customizable to fit your business weather it be a Handyman/remodeling business or general construction.

Cons

Honestly the cons are all pointing at me the operator. I am learning as I go and not very good using any technology. I can use clear estimates and get better with it on every project.

Sheen
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Easy to use, unassuming software for remodel estimating - Saves hours of work.

Reviewed on 7/25/2016

After using both the downloaded and cloud versions of this software for about 4 years, I can't...

After using both the downloaded and cloud versions of this software for about 4 years, I can't imagine how I ever did without it. Previous to this we used QB to estimate our projects, which was a time consuming and tedious process that seemed like it always being done from the ground up on every project.

Once the initial time of a 1/2 day to a day is invested to set this software up to fit your business needs, even the most complicated proposal or estimate can be completed in an hour or less, with many of our standard proposals being generated in 15-30 minutes.

Pros

Easy to use, great support, cloud storage

Cons

Little technical items like having to manually fill and delete lines in individual categories

Response from Clear Estimates

We are thrilled to hear that Clear Estimates has saved you hours of work, Sheen. You have been with us for a few years now and we appreciate your loyalty very much. Happy estimating! - The Clear Estimates Team

Matt
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Lack of Flexibility causing time to be wasted

Reviewed on 12/8/2020

Because Clear Estimate was not set up for me to be able to utilize it I simply was not able to...

Because Clear Estimate was not set up for me to be able to utilize it I simply was not able to utilize it. I forgot to shut it down and then got charged for two additional months at $59 a pop.

Pros

I like that there was already a lot of information, which claimed to be updated regulary

Cons

This software is locked into one cost code system. And the time I would have taken me to readjust all the job cost lines to match a Masterformat Division cost code system (which is what all my other software is set up as), was way to costly from the aspect of time to even think about Clear Estimates being an option. I identified this to you [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] and basically my suggestion to add this feature was simply blown off.

Response from Clear Estimates

Hi Matt,
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Even when a customer doesn't have a positive experience with us, it's important for future customers to know about your experience.

Unfortunately, the task of changing over our entire system of part organization to a different format would be an enormous task rather than a quick update we can make to our software.

Currently, you can always go in and adjust the titles of the cost categories that we have (there are about 40 of them so it would take some time for sure). You can also export the parts list, make your edits in Excel, and then re-import the items into your account.

Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to try our software and provide feedback. It's too bad we didn't have the right formatting for you out-of-the-box. And while we do offer the ability to adjust the cost codes, I understand that it takes time and might be easier to find a different solution for your business.

Best,
Jack

jarad
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Fast setup, Easy to use, great support

Reviewed on 9/17/2018

I have used this software online with 5 different companies including my own its very easy to swap...

I have used this software online with 5 different companies including my own its very easy to swap back and forth between companies.

Pros

Sign up, you online quickly and its super easy to setup and if you have a question you get an answer and you get it quick.

Cons

could use some more localized things added as different regions have different things they do due to weather for example.

Response from Clear Estimates

Hi Jarad! We appreciate your review. It's great to hear that our team has answered all of your questions as they come up. We're glad Clear Estimates has been useful for all of your business estimating needs. As far as local items, we'll will have a member of our team reach out to see if you have any suggestions for your specific area! - The Clear Estimates Team

Barry
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

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Reviewed on 2/27/2017

This is the second time for me using Clear Estimates. After not using the program for a couple of...

This is the second time for me using Clear Estimates. After not using the program for a couple of years, I was surprised at the updates made, that made it easier and faster to develop my estimates, and the fact that the cost for the program had remained the same. The support and the new videos are fantastic. I have recommended it to several of my friends, who are also contractors. The nice thing is, the more you use it the faster and easier it gets. I do a lot of the same kind of jobs, and now all I need to do is copy an old estimate when doing a new one. I can see what I estimated on the old one that was high or low and make adjustments and if needed, add or subtract items as needed. This is really made easy with this program, and keeps my estimates more consistent. The Proposal and contract part of the program is great and can be customized with little time and effort. I highly recommend this program over the 3 others I have used. None were this complete or easy to use for the cost.

Pros

Easy to use, and cost.

Cons

I do Wish it had more small Home Improvement cost items.

Response from Clear Estimates

Hi Barry,

We're happy you've found our support articles and videos to be helpful. We do our best to provide as many resources as we can to make sure our customers succeed.

Thanks for the home improvement part suggestion - we will look into it.

- The Clear Estimates Team

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Clear Estimates FAQs

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Clear Estimates offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$59.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Monthly Plan: $59/month 6-month Plan: $53/month Annual Plan: $47/month The vendor offers first month FREE without any obligations.

Clear Estimates has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Clear Estimates supports the following languages:

English

Clear Estimates supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Clear Estimates integrates with the following applications:

QuickBooks Online Advanced

Clear Estimates offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, Chat

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