Smart Construction Software

Smart Contractor

4.5 / 5 16 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

We target general contractors or trade subcontractors doing residential or "light commercial" new, remodel or restoration construction.


Average Ratings

16 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $495.00/one-time/user
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Smart Construction Software
  • www.smartcontractor.com
  • Founded 2002
  • United States

About Smart Contractor

Smart Contractor - For small to mid size general and sub contractors; commercial and residential. - Estimates, schedules, proposals and contracts, vendor/sub quote requests, purchase orders, work orders, invoices, AIA draw requests, cost accounting, document management. - Integrated with QuickBooks. - Customer internet access to job information. - Complete integrated construction project management and accounting for one low price.


Smart Contractor Features

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Cash Management
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • General Ledger
  • Job Costing
  • Overrun Projections
  • Payroll Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes / Estimates
  • Client Tracking
  • Contract Management
  • Forecasting
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Sales Management
  • Scheduling
  • Time Management
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Building Product Database
  • Calculators
  • Change Orders
  • Contract Management
  • Cost Database
  • Customer Management
  • Job Costing
  • Price Data / Price Books
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Change Orders
  • Commercial
  • Contract Management
  • Contractors
  • Document / Photo Management
  • Incident Reporting
  • Job Costing
  • Job Scheduling
  • Lead Management
  • Permit Management
  • Residential
  • Selection Sheets
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Submittal Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Task Management
  • Timesheets
  • Warranty / Service Management
  • Bills of Material
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Change Orders
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Production Cost Tracking
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes / Estimates
  • Time Tracking
  • Work Order Management

Smart Contractor Reviews

Smart Contractor? Could be Smarter!

Nov 06, 2015
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The support after the sale is second to none. This company genuinely cares to help me and my employees. They are patient with us.

Cons: The software lacks ease of use. They market it as easy to use, but in fact it is difficult to use. Sometimes they treat us as if we are suppose to know programming. Most of the time when we are stuck, they log in and do for us what we cannot do, rather than teach us to do it ourselves. They offer teaching for a price, but that is BS. If it is so easy to use, why do they have to charge us to teach us. Obviously it is not that easy if they are not willing to take the time to teach us for free. The scheduling portion is poorly designed, and difficult to use.

Recommendations to other buyers: Dig as deep as you can during the initial courtship. Have an IT person take a look at it for ease of use, all the way through all of the tabs.

Horrible Execution, Great Idea

Sep 15, 2015
2/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2.5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 1.0/10 Not
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Pros: It is a good database and creates professional looking estimates and invoices.

Cons: The help section awful. I mean horrible. They provide minimal videos that get you started and excited about their product. The problem is that there are no videos to explain anything beyond the most basic functions. The help section of the software is deplorable and in order to learn how to do any process you have to search several items and put them together. Generally you still need to call support (which I will admit was very helpful, but if they were not I would have demanded a refund as the program would not work otherwise) to have them explain it and often the reason we could not get the software to work was because of a programming glitch or problems with smartcontractor communicating with Quickbooks. We have not used several of the functions we were told the software has simply because there are no instructions on how to use them unless you want to spend more (a lot more) money having them teach you what smartcontractor should have included instructions for, you are out of luck.

Recommendations to other buyers: Just because software can do something does not mean you will have the time to learn how to do it if there are no instructions. Be prepared to spend a lot of time and $ getting this software to work properly.

Smart Contractor in a nut shell.

Feb 12, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: We like and appreciate the user-friendly feel of it. The customer service is always there when you need them.

Cons: Error Codes. It is still a work in progress, and we are trying to learn all we can to have it accommodate our needs, therefore we get multiple error codes.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it out and see if it fits to your needs and then go from there.

A major feature is its flexiblity. We put that to the test since we're not their typical customer.

May 20, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As a cabinet shop of moderate size (20+ employees) we've looked long and hard for bidding and job costing software. What we found with SC is a relationship with good people who respond when we need a certain feature; we can TALK to them!! Structure-wise, SC allows us to build on our previous bidding method instead of fitting into someone else's system. This was so key for us. Especially brilliant is the outline form for writing estimates. It is the heart of the program, and it fits us well because each of our jobs has unique elements. You have to have some tolerance for less than perfect execution; they work on bugs and sometimes fixes come the next day, and sometimes they have a hard time figuring out an inconsistent bug. It's not as smooth as Quickbooks- it is a small company, after all - but it's doing for us what QB never could. I feel lucky we found them.

Love this

Feb 10, 2013
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: -easy to use once you understand how it works
-fast estimating once info is logged in the system
-the ability to make it do what works for your business. Very flexible!!
-great price for what you get.
-one of the best things that this has is CUSTOMER SUPPORT!! I was very very impressed with the time and patience they spent and had with me once they had a chance to call me back. Witch was fast as well. Dan Fellman was great!!
-i feel that this program will help me keep organized, professional, award me more jobs, and make me more money and have less mistakes. Also will really let me know how much money we are actually making on every job.

Cons: Really not many cons worth even talking about.

Overall: I would recommend this to anyone, great software, great price, great service.!!

Jul 18, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I'd like to extend our appreciation for the support and training we have been receiving from the techs at Smart Contractor. We have been extremely satisfied with all the great features and functions this software offers. The system is super user friendly! The most important thing is that it is compatible with Quickbooks! Thanks again to the Support Team for getting us up and running and for being there at all times.

Business Development

May 21, 2012
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Smart Contractor has helped bring our business to the next level. The team at Smart Contractor has been supportive and receptive to all of our needs and we feel it's been an excellent investment.

Cons: Would be good if tech support was more available.

Overall: I would recommend Smart Contractor to any construction business, looking to get a handle on their business in a short amount of time.

Hope CDA Smart Contrator 9-1

Sep 01, 2011
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Tech support is great.
System is easy to use and works well for developing order schedules for materials.

Cons: Needs a way to compare schedules for all jobs (Master Schedule).
receiving and completing purchases seems to be somewhat cumberson.
Critical path scheduleing is difficult to understand and use.
Why do you have both a job phase name and then a job phase number. The job phase number does not show up on the Schedule Model?

Overall: It is still to early to give a recommendation.

Great program and even better support

Aug 26, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: After trying and using other software, I new there had to be something better. I finally found it. Smart Contractor has all the features I need in my general contracting business. I almost enjoy estimating now. The program makes it easy to estimate and is extremely adaptable to any type of job. Once you enter an estimate, the program can automatically create purchase orders, proposals, contracts, integrate with quickbooks and more. The more I use it the more features I find I can use. The customer support is far better than I've experienced with any software company. I first downloaded the software on a Saturday. Within an hour Bill was on the phone and spent more than an hour to help me get up and running. When I've had some technical problems Dan has responded immediately. They have been very impressive.

Cons: None (except that it does not do the job for you)

Overall: I would recommend this software to any contractor. My company is very small, so the initial investment was not easy. But, it has paid for itself many times over because of the speed and accuracy I now have in preparing bids.

Best Construction Software on the Market

Nov 24, 2010
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: This is by far the best construction software I have found. I tested at least 8 products ranging in price from $400 to $8,000 and Smart Contractor was the hands down winner. We run a general construction company with about 15 employees. I needed to track job costs and invoice customers as well as run reports for specific purposes like gathering workers comp information and vendor statement reconciliation. Although SC has the ability to be linked to Quickbooks, I am running it as a stand alone program and it is meeting all my needs. I did not want to use a double entry accounting software for job costing. I wanted the flexibility that SC allows by not requiring that everything flow through to general ledger accounts (although this is possible) SC is easy to use, intuitive, and has the absolute best customer service of any product I have ever used. It is simple to use yet provides all the information we need to evaluate job profitability and generate estimates and invoices.

Cons: Absolutely none. I only wish I had found it sooner as it has already helped us make management decisions from the information we have gathered using SC.

Overall: For a small to medium sized construcition company this is the absolute best choice of software available. The program is simple to use, flexible and has a wide range of comprehensive reports. But the thing that makes this product stand out from the rest is the unsurpassed customer service. I have had many situations where I have contacted the members of the Smart Contractor team with questions or requests for enhancements to the program to meet special needs of our business and they have been incredible. They help me find ways to use the program more effectively and have even made several additions to the program to fulfill my requirements, imagine getting that kind of service from one of the box software companies (not likely). The team at SC is curteous, easy to reach and responsive to their customers needs, rare qualities in a company today. The product is perfect for our needs and knowing there is a knowledgable and responsive team behind it makes it a perfect choice.

Project Management Simplified

Mar 24, 2010
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Smart Contractor has simplified my life as a small business owner. I have been able to template projects that we bid often and copy as many or as few details from a previously bid project which allows me to create very detailed proposals in 1/4 the time.

From the estimate I create request for quotes, purchase orders, work orders, schedules, payment schedules, and all necessary contract documents. All with the click of a mouse button.

Also on the project management side you can create invoices, change orders, receive payments, enter labor hours, track actual costs and much more.

Any questions that I've had have been answered very promptly by their customer service staff.

Cons: I think a formal training (webinar or something similar) to show all that the product can do as well as show you how to do it would be useful.

Overall: Good software that simplifies life as an estimator/ project manager. I would recommend it to others.

Great product for a growing company

Mar 22, 2010
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I was in the market for a program that would create schedules for my projects. I found Smart Contractor surfing the web and it had everything I was looking for and more. The integration with Quickbooks was a snap thanks to a fantastic support group. Integration was done online via go to meeting with a tech to ensure everything was installed properly. My e-mails and phone calls were returned very quickly, Dan Fellman is very knowledgable and will make you installation a smooth process.

Cons: None really.... There is a bit of a learning curve, but nothing a bit of practice and use can't cure.

Overall: I would recommend Smart Contractor to any construction compant that would like to spend less time estimating and more time making money. SC has stream lined my company and will pay for it's self in very little time.

Good Luck in Finding a Better Solution

Mar 22, 2010
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Extremely Flexible set up and organization

Powerful Integration of all related systems and has great coordination of each system

Super easy to make changes, updates, change orders, etc

Love how you can set up banking options and automatically produce a AIA draw request with one button

Everything is based off of the estimate. This is the BEST way to organize the information as it all relates to the bottom line!

Powerful reporting that gives a large number of options for printed forms which are very customer friendly. My clients think they look very professional and this makes me look better than the competition

Integration with quickbooks. Quick and easy using a program most people already use or know

Competitive Pricing

Cons: There are almost too many options in how you set up your estimate, all of which related to how to process and bill a job.

The learning curve on how to set up your estimates so it is easy to track and bill takes a couple of jobs to get it to the level of detail you realistically want to track

Overall: I have been really happy with my decision on purchasing Smart Contractor. I looked around and demoed (even bought) quite a few products and none had the power that SC does at even close to the price. Is more complexity better? no way. This program has all the flexibility and features my company needs while being pretty intuitive in using and operating. I won't outgrow it and have not even thought about even looking at another program because I got what I needed with SC.

Most useful construction program on the market!

Mar 22, 2010
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Smartcontractor has just what a contractor or sub-contractor needs for a project from start to finish. The Pros: simple to use, quick and easy to set up, emails out right from program, customizable to your business, 1/2 hour learning curve

Cons: Cons..........Non in my opinion

Overall: I would recommend this product to all contractors.

Smart Contractor

Jul 15, 2009
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Smart contractor allows you to do so much! It is a complete business management solution that allows you to efficiently manage your business. To name a few, you can create estimates, schedule jobs, create contracts, create change orders, invoice and track all the job costs through the many reports available. Another big feature is that the program is integrated with Quickbooks!

Cons: Although not a con, Smart Contractor has so much to offer I haven't been able to experience all the features and benefits.

Overall: We did a lot of research prior to purchasing this program and we couldn't be happier with the results. Our customers now compliment us on our detailed project management! Smart Contractor has allowed us to grow and I would recommend it to any company...unless you are the competition!

Smart Contractor is an awesome business management software.

Jul 13, 2009
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Smart Contractor is an awesome business management software. The features of Smart Contractor are endless. The program's ability to manage a project has increased our companies volume by 30%.

Smart Contractor has also limited my estimating mistakes by its ability to directly write the proposal from the job estimate. Smart Contractor also allows our company to monitor, adjust, and repetitively perform the same project time and again. It has allowed us the opportunity to break down jobs by phase and make appropriate adjustments price wise to control profits. Now we can see where we make money and more importantly, where we are not.

Smart Contractor's flexibility is great. Everything in the program can be adjusted to fit your companies set-up.

The support staff at Smart Contractor has been second to none!!! I've never had a problem go unsolved. Their willingness to take in feed back and better the program is amazing.

Cons: This program did not come with already established pricing catalogs -- that sounds like a disadvantage, but those catalogs are often not up to date.

Overall: Definitely I would recommend this software to other construction companies (just not in my area because I don't want the competition!)