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

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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

Top 5 alternatives to Clear Estimates

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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
(112)
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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Lynette
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Super time saver

Reviewed on 2018-11-03

The customer service is outstanding. I had a one-on-one call with CSR to help with a few questions...

The customer service is outstanding. I had a one-on-one call with CSR to help with a few questions I had, and he was extremely helpful - patiently explaining those things I was confused about. With the new search feature, I am now extremely happy with this product and am very glad to have found it.

Pros

How much faster it is to put accurate estimates together. I also like ability to adjust the labor rates and hourly multiplier for bigger crews. The templates help make sure I don't miss including necessary parts to the proposals, and the ability to edit items for individual jobs is easy and convenient.

Cons

At this time, it does not integrate with QuickBooks Online, something that I have been told they are working toward. I found adding Alternates to the quote to be a little confusing with all the different areas that they can be entered, and still do to a certain extent.

Response from Clear Estimates

Hi Lynette! Thank you so much for the feedback. We're thrilled to hear you are enjoying the recent changes. Everything we have done is based on our customer feedback. The new search feature should allow for much faster estimating. Our Quickbooks online integration is coming very soon. Within the next couple weeks, actually! I'll have a member of our team reach out regarding alternates - we're happy to provide a more in depth explanation about those. - The Clear Estimates Team

Joel
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Best investment in construction

Reviewed on 2019-11-24

The biggest benefit to this is having accurate quoting. Since I started using it, I was able to...

The biggest benefit to this is having accurate quoting. Since I started using it, I was able to increase my profit margins from 10% to 30% and capture more clients along the way.

Pros

This is easily one of the best investments I have ever purchased. With quarterly pricing updates and customization proposal forms, it allows me to stand out from other companies with clear and professional quotes and bids. I've done over 100 bids on here and probably capture 80%-90% of the clients.

Cons

This doesn't have a simple feature to convert my quotes into itemized invoices once completed. If it had that feature, this would be all that I would need. It took a while to get used to and to modify for my needs (and I still need to change a few things), but once I got the templates set up, it was fine.
Some of the categories use the wrong labor code so I have to pay attention, but that is relatively a small deal.

Response from Clear Estimates

Thanks for taking the time to write this, Joel! It's great to hear the software has not only helped increase professionalism but also increase your margins! Our team is actually working on a feature to itemize invoicing. This is something we're very excited about and will let you know when it is active. Thanks again - The Clear Estimates Team.

marty
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Review Clear Estimates

Reviewed on 2016-07-25

Never heard about web based upgrade. was using old version till saw Wyatt's presentation using the...

Never heard about web based upgrade. was using old version till saw Wyatt's presentation using the upgraded system. Would have been nice to hear from CE that this was available. Much better application for my business.

Pros

Keeps me organized and on track, I dont miss anything on quote.

Cons

Very glitchy, many time need to get out of program and sign back in when it freezes or fails to respond

Response from Clear Estimates

Marty, thanks for writing us a review. I'm sorry that you were not notified when our software became cloud based. This is something we should have alerted you to. With that said, we are happy that our software keeps you on track and organized. Thank you for being such a loyal customer of Clear Estimates. - The Clear Estimates Team.

Grant
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Well-Designed Estimating Software for Small to Mid-Sized Construction Businesses

Reviewed on 2021-01-23

Clear Estimates has saved me countless hours over the past few months. I used Contractor Foreman...

Clear Estimates has saved me countless hours over the past few months. I used Contractor Foreman previously and Clear Estimates may not include as many project management-related features, but it is far and away the better choice for putting together estimates, quotes, and project proposals.

Pros

Once you modify the provided tasks to fit the projects you do and the way you bid your work, Clear Estimates allows you to bid out the standard components of a project by the piece or by area. If you track the actual time and materials required to complete a particular component over many jobs and get an accurate figure for the per piece or per square foot cost, this method of bidding can save you a huge amount of time by allowing you to extrapolate from the number of pieces/area of the installation to an accurate estimate of the time and materials required. Once the library of pieces has been built out or adapted, you can create a finished estimate in a few minutes.

Cons

The system for adding sales tax to a proposal is a little clunky, but if you're familiar with the various tax rates in your work area, it's only a minor inconvenience.

Alternatives Considered

Buildertrend

Reasons for Choosing Clear Estimates

Contractor Foreman was superior to trying to stick estimate projects, but it wasn't made to estimate jobs by area, which becomes more attractive as you collect data from previous projects to use to improve future bidding.

Switched From

Contractor Foreman

Reasons for Switching to Clear Estimates

Although Buildertrend has a lot of impressive features, for a small remodeling company such as mine the small subset of those features that we could make good use of isn't worth the big price tag.
Kyle
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Review

Reviewed on 2020-12-17

Over all I am very satisfied with the program.

Over all I am very satisfied with the program.

Pros

Easy to put together an estimate with in minutes.

Cons

Reports page needs more options. You should be able to put the disclaimer, project disruption etc... any where you would like. Right now it’s gets all jumbled at the top of e proposals.

Alternatives Considered

PlanSwift

Reasons for Choosing Clear Estimates

Xactimate is not a user friendly software for estimating new construction.

Reasons for Switching to Clear Estimates

Price and easy to navigate
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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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