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Clear Estimates is trusted by general contractors, small contractors, residential contractors and handymen. If you are in the residential construction business, our software is for you.


Average Ratings

55 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $59.00/month/user
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  • Pricing Details
    First month FREE, no obligations.
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Clear Estimates
  • www.clearestimates.com
  • Founded 2004
  • United States

About Clear Estimates

Clear Estimates is an easy-to-use program that allows you to quickly determine a project's cost in a variety of fashions, manage and customize a part library, maintain a customer and project database, produce several types of reports and proposals, process change orders, integrate with Quickbooks Pro (c), and update price information in the part library through an automated price updating service. Price updating services provided by RemodelMAX cost books quarterly for 400 regions in the U.S.


Clear Estimates Features

  • 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

Clear Estimates Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Very satisfied with this product -- been using about 10 years.

Nov 17, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: allows you to provide potential customers with an accurate estimate, including all aspects of the project

Overall: Providing customers with a quote using Clear Estimates adds credibility and professionalism to our company image.
It is easy to create estimates, edit, keep track of customer quotes and projects.

My experience using the clear estimates software okay or not...?

Nov 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I think it has a lot of potential. The ability to take information and plug it into a pdf or word document is great. The basic functions are easy to move around and the overall system is straightforward.

Cons: The issue I have with it is the materials/supply markups. I think it could a whole lot easier to get updated product cost for an area and use it in the estimate. Every time I used it the price was always off even from the smallest supplies. It scared me so I could trust the software...

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Very helpful for bidding jobs!

Oct 31, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The constantly updated materials and labor costs based on my geographical area is invaluable! I also like the flexibility to adjust pricing.

Cons: Can be a bit time consuming putting all the bid pieces together. Would also like to see an invoicing option based on the bid.

Overall: Accurate job estimates with detailed pricing and flexibility. Up to date pricing info. Professional estimates.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on November 03, 2017

Hi Eric. Thanks for taking the time to write this. We're thrilled to hear our up to date pricing is helping you win bids. It's also nice to hear that you have been able to customize bids to fit each specific project. Just a few weeks ago, we did release a Pro version of Clear Estimates. Pro allows you to invoice for each bid you create. We would be happy to enroll you in a free trial of Pro should you be interested. Thanks again, Eric. Take care! - The Clear Estimates Team

Overall very positive...after a small learning curve, the service was perfect for my small company

Oct 09, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to navigate, intuitive, can quickly get up to speed and start pumping out estimates without significant downtime learning how to use.

Cons: The task list could be better collated to make the itemization of project work scope much easier and, ultimately, faster.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on October 10, 2017

Hi John. Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Knowing our users find Clear Estimates intuitive and easy to navigate gives us great pride. I understand your database concerns and will reach out to see specifically what you are having trouble with. Keep in mind too that we offer templates for all of the common jobs (kitchens, baths, decks, additions) where all you need to know is the SF, and Clear Estimates calculating the material and labor. Look for an email from us shortly. - The Clear Estimates Team

Detailed Awesomeness!!!!!

Oct 06, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It puts everything automatically together saving me hours of typing, organizes my many projects and helps me every step along the way. The customer support is on point helping answer my 100's of questions to make me look like a pro!

Cons: The rates are off significantly for the auto generated lines but makes it somewhat easy to change them. Just that I have to do it for every single thing is a pain and the changes are not saved for future drafts. But i would have to do that anyways on my own so there is no real Cons

Overall: Professional looking auto generated proposals

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on October 09, 2017

Hi Todd - We're thrilled you are finding Clear Estimates to be a helpful and professional program! Whenever questions come up, we do our best to answer them in a timely manner. As far as your pricing, it's possible you are not updated to your local area. We are going to reach out to make sure your pricing is accurate. Look for an email from us shortly. - The Clear Estimates Team

Clear Estimates

Sep 14, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Try it, youll love it!

Pros: Cheap and Easy to use, and can quickly put together your quote pre-written data base is included with your monthly subscription.

Cons: Needs just a little more added to its data base in way of simplistic handyman project's and more added to the template section.

I was having trouble getting to my past files, customer service agent jumped in and responded immediately and helped.

Aug 22, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It's very thorough and professional looking. I'm still learning to use the program. I'm not the most computer savvy. so far I have not lost money with the estimates I have done.

Cons: Sometimes I have trouble finding the topics I need, or have to sort through a lot to find the one I need. I time hope to be faster at that part.

Overall: One of the nice things is to be able to see materials and labor calculated at the same time and see the mark up as well. Normally you have to do these things separately. These figures are generally on the money. Some one has put a lot of work into this program.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 24, 2017

Hi Neal - Thanks for the kind words. We do our best to help our clients through the learning process. When searching for a part, I would recommend using the "search" feature, allowing you to type in key words that relate to a part. This might help save you some time. Material and labor calculation is one of our favorite parts of Clear Estimates. It allows you simply enter the amount of something you need, not worrying about calculations. Please do let us know if any other questions come up! - The Clear Estimates Team

Great Support and Great Service

Jul 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I changed from what I was using and will never go back. Great product and I would totally recommend it

Overall: Its easy for my customers to understand

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on July 12, 2017

Tony, thanks for taking the time to write this. We're thrilled your clients find your estimates easy to understand. Please let us know if anything comes up! - The Clear Estimates Team

Easy to get started

Apr 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Good overall product for putting together estimates

Pros: The program is easy to understand and create estimates. Templates provided make it much quicker to calculate prices

Cons: Does not integrate with any take-off software There is no straightforward overhead and profit calculation

Clear estimates software

Apr 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I recommend this software to everyone who is any kind of business very easy to use does not need any training

Pros: I have to type anything I just select what I need and all price out labor and materials in the best software

Cons: I do my estimates in five minutes and I am very happy with it and the customer services is very high quality when I ask a question I get the answer right away.

Worth every dollar!!!

Apr 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Easy to learn. Professional looking reports. The ease of updates prices for material and labor. Customer support is spot on. And the software was created by remodelers that understand the struggle. They are always striving to make the software better.

Cons: Some minor software updates could be done. A mobile version could also help a lot more small business.

Overall: I used this software when it first came out. Now it has come a long way on appearance and functionality. As far as learning a new software, the curve was easy for me. If you are a small contractor this is a must for speed of quoting and accuracy. Also with the reports function you look as professional as the big guys. If you want to step up your company, get Clear Estimates!!!

Recommendations to other buyers: Well worth the money. It will pay for it self with 1-2 jobs.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on April 14, 2017

Hi Chuck, Thank you for the review! We're happy to have you on board again. We are thrilled to hear you like the improvements we've made since you have been gone. We appreciate the kind words. Happy estimating!

Great product it has helped my business.

Mar 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy of use, price, use on any device, customer support, the quarterly updates for pricing, and formal look of the estimates, and being able to email the directly from clearestimates to my customers.

Cons: Does not import directly in to quickbooks online. If it did that it would be perfect for me. I prefer using quickbooks online so I can use the program from any where like clearestimates.

Overall: I do not like the estimating side of my business cause I am bad at it and I tend to be optimistic which causes me to short myself in the long run. I started using this product to help me with the process to get estimates out faster and to know I am giving a good estimate that doesn't short me. It has helped me in that aspect for sure. The customer service is superb. There is this little icon u click and send them a msg with your questions and they get back to you in a timely fashion. The nice thing is the msg comes back in the program and they also send me an email. So if I am in the field working I know they have responded with an answer when I get the email. I love how you can email the estimate right from clear estimates and the estimate looks very professional. You can customize the formal estimate to how ever you like. Also if you don't like the prices they give you, you can easily adjust them for that estimate per item. Or you can customize that item to show up every time with your adjustment in price on every estimate. The customization to the items and pricing is endless. I have had to add very few new items they have so much to chose from already. The program is easy to use. I could teach my 11 year old to use it if I needed to. I have had nothing but great success using there program. They also give u a free trial to use it first. Take the free trial and try it you won't be dispointed. I am surprised this program does not cost more. I have made up for its cost monthly in the more money I am making due to its estimates. Thank you clearestimates.

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep up the great work and customer service I appreciate it. It has made my business more profitable.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 16, 2017

Hi Kevin, Thank you for the review. It is our number one priority to help you win bids, and I am thrilled our software has helped you to do so. In the future, we do plan to integrate with QuickBooks online. We'll be sure to let you know when that happens. As always, let us know if any questions come up! - The Clear Estimates Team

Nice Professional Looking and Easy to Use....

Mar 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Have been using Clear Estimates for about 6+ months, was looking for something that was not to complex and cloud based. Gives nice looking professional estimates and proposals to customers. Customization of templates and being able to add parts is nice.

Pros: Easy to learn. Pretty much covers most area in construction in the templates.

Cons: Under the select a category just wish the could have a blank category to fill in for those items that just don't fit into the template options.

Clear Estimates Game Changer

Mar 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use.

Cons: Have to add parts on my own for certain jobs this program does not incorporate

Overall: I run a small construction company with the estimating program it makes my business look very professional. The proposal print out at the end of the bidding process is very detailed oriented which the customers love. I like everything about it. Quick, easy to work with and very professional.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 13, 2017

Hi Sam, Thanks for the review. We're happy our proposals increase your professional appearance. Our goal is to help you win bids, when you're doing so, we are happy! Thanks again, The Clear Estimates Team

"Must have estimating software for your business."

Mar 02, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Accurate market pricing of labor and materials on a regional and national basis.

Cons: Report layout customization could be a bit more flexible .

Overall: I Love the products features and flexibility. I used to leave "money on the table". Now my bids are market accurate. My profitability has never been better. Hope to continue winning business with Clear Estimates.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 07, 2017

Hi Bob, Thank you for the kind words. We're happy to hear our pricing is accurate for your area and that you're finding our tool flexible and useful. Happy estimating! - The Clear Estimates Team

What I was looking for

Mar 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I've been trying to find some software that would help streamline my estimating as well as have a database to pull from. I had Clear Estimates recommended to me and I can't be happier with what I've found. In the first week I've created several estimates and emailed them out to my clients. The report that is created for the clients is easy to understand and read.
Very satisfied.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 07, 2017

Hi Aaron, We're glad Clear Estimates has helped you to streamline your estimating process. Let us know if any questions come up! - The Clear Estimates Team

Home Improvement Clear Estimate Review

Feb 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use, and cost.

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

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Watch the videos, they have a lot of short-cuts in them that will save you time.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 07, 2017

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

Clear Estimate Review

Feb 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Flexible easy to use.

Cons: Similar project parts - difficult to tell difference.

Overall: We were looking for a software package that would enable us to bid on larger, more substantial construction projects. We also needed to be able to customize the pricing and other options available for each customer. Clear Estimates met our specific needs and is easy to use.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 06, 2017

Hi Robert, We are glad Clear Estimates has turned out to be a flexible program for your needs. We understand every business is different, so the option to edit and change line items is vital. Thanks again for the feedback! - The Clear Estimates Team

Great Software

Feb 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: ease of accessibility from any device

Cons: limited descriptions of work or material items (parts)

Overall: I use Clear estimates for all my bids and find it is extremely helpful in saving time on my bids. Not only can I use the pricing built in to the software, but if I have something a bit more custom I need to price, I can customize as needed. Whenever I've had questions, they've always been quick to respond and very helpful in bringing me up to speed.

Recommendations to other buyers: go through the tutorials, they'll save you a lot of time wondering what to do or how to accomplish it.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 06, 2017

Hi Brad, Thanks for the feedback. We very happy to hear Clear Estimates has been a useful tool for your company. Thank you for you continued support! - The Clear Estimates Team

Have used for about a year

Feb 27, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This software is the best I've found for my home remodeling business. The price is fair for what it does. I don't use the pre-populated labor prices. I think every business applies a price they think is right. There are some things you don't have the ability to edit however. For example, the font of text isn't adjustable. Also, the title of the proposal isn't adjustable. I'm sticking with this program because it is the best I have found and hope they improve it in the future.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 06, 2017

Hi Joel, Thank you for the review. We are always trying to better our tool with client feedback, and very much appreciate yours. As far as the font goes, you can edit that by heading up to "Options" > "Report Settings" > "General". To update the report title, head up to "Options" > "Report Settings" > Choose the report in question > At the bottom you will see "Report Title". If you have any questions, please contact me at alex@clearestimates.com Hope this helps!

Better than other branded estimating tools

Feb 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use and intuitive

Cons: Some times the prices and text need to be altered to fit a particular project. The tools for doing customization could be easier.

Overall: Clear Estimates is intuitive and easy to use. It is designed in the same logical order than one would use to build a home. I love the reports and the quotes I can generate because they are highly professional.

Overall I couldn't be happier with the tools and software, for the price they can't be beat.

Recommendations to other buyers: It would be great if it included a drafting tool so that you can shape a room with dimensions and then use that as the baseline for estimates--already having the linear and square footage would help me from having to add it over and over again.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on March 06, 2017

Hi Paul, Thanks for the feedback. We're glad you find CE to be easy to use. A drafting tool would be a nice idea - I will bring it up in our next meeting!

Professional estimating made easy.

Feb 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use drop down menus.
Itemized job descriptions.

Cons: Would love to see a better way to calculate payments, and send paid in full receipts to customers.

Overall: Clear Estimates has helped my company write many estimates with ease. A simple drop down menu brings up categories and itemized lists of many things we never considered billing individually for. This has made our proposals look more professional, and has helped close a good amount of projects. I would highly recommend Clear Estimates to anyone looking for a simplified, more professional way to write proposals.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on February 24, 2017

Hi Patrick, Our team is happy to hear you are writing estimates with ease. Also, thank you for those suggestions, we will take them into account!

My Clear estimate review.

Feb 09, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I've been using Clear estimates software for about 4 years and the Program is very compatible with other programs out there. What makes Clear estimate different is that it is user-friendly and the layout of the program is very professional. When I hand my estimate over to my customer it's very well laid out and detailed . What I like most about Clear estimate Besides it's layout it pretty much covers all the trades. But the best thing is that it's very affordable for contractors like me that runs a small business.

Pros: What I like most about this software is being able to set up Parts & Templates which makes putting together an estimate a lot faster which means you have more time to oversee your business.

Cons: The thing I least like about this software is not being able to use it for insurance work. What I mean by that is some jobs I get may be from insurance companies and the estimate might call for dehumidifiers and fans board ups stuff like that. But I can get by with it.

Recommendations to other buyers: My advise for others looking to better and there's the company. Clear estimate software will definitely make you look professional when dealing with your customers this is a great program guy and I will highly recommend this to anyone looking to be professional and want to make the company look good.

Home Remodel & Repair Estimating

Feb 09, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: My company is an estimating service whose clients are contractors, home inspectors and homeowners. We do home remodeling and repair estimates that they use to price and figure out costs on their projects. Clear Estimates covers a vast majority of the home remodeling estimating industry with acurate and reliable published costs. The software also makes it easy for you to add your own figures in any format or in any catagory.

One of my favorite components of Clear Estimates which is crucial for my business is that you can adjust your material and labor costs to any part of the country quickly and easily. I would highly recommend Clear Estimates for anyone in the home remodeling industry.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on February 24, 2017

Hi Stephen, We are very happy to hear you have found our pricing to be accurate and reliable. Thanks for the feedback!

Saves time and makes money!

Feb 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have been using Clear Estimates for about 6 months now. It is a very easy to use program to make professional proposals. I have found that I make better profit on jobs and it cut the time of putting estimates together in half! The items are very organized so you don't forget about the small details when putting a large estimate together.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on February 24, 2017

Hi Nick, Thank you for the kind words. Our number one goal is to help you increase your profit!

I have been using Clear Estimates approx. 5 years or more.

Oct 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: During that time have looked at other software and keep coming back to clear estimates because of ease and reliability. I recommend it highly , once you set up your templates you are good to go. The presentation of the proposal is also very good. There are a lot of good features. Pricing gets updated every few months that goes a long way for feeling confident about your proposal. For the Re-modeler it a best choice.

Pros: Speed of presentation and putting together bids.

Cons: Some areas of construction are lacking in the area of plumbing . Its weak there.

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a try you will not be disappointed.

works FLAWLESSLY

Oct 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Professional looking, easy to use. VERY EFFECTIVE

Overall: I've been using "CLEAR ESTIMATES" for about 6 months. I put very little time into learning how to use this software, (I basically jumped right in) and the estimates get done flawlessly. If I have a question I go to the tutorial videos and they walk me right thru it, and if there's a question I can't find an answer to. (Hasn't happened yet) I can press the question mark at the bottom of the page and there's someone from "Clear Estimates" there to answer. They did quite a job building this software and putting all the videos and webinars together. I should also add, the videos and webinars are free. I started out using a different estimating software, from a well known company. It was a huge headache. There was zero support, No training videos, just a class that was available once every 6 months for $500. They can't hold a candle to "Clear Estimates" last estimating software you'll ever need.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't waste time with other software. Get "Clear estimates" you won't be disappointed.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on October 12, 2016

Hi Jon, thanks for the kind words! We are so glad to have had you on board for the last several months. Happy estimating! - The Clear Estimates Team

Been using C.E. since the beginning

Sep 15, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This product too our company easily from doing estimates on a "yellow legal pad" to a customized software that makes our proposals look more professional than any of our competitors.

Cons: Wish that you could have multiple logins to the same parts catalog.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at how the final proposal looks compared to other software. The proposals that CE put together are easily edited and formatted to meet your needs. It sets us apart and our clients love the level of detail that it provides

Clear Estimates is number 1 of it's kind!

Sep 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software site has a definite ease of accessibility, you can quickly visit the app and input customer information and pull up a detail proposal on you project in a respectively short amount of time

Cons: Only real drawback I've seen is that the templates and available data need to be added to. There is a mountain of data available to provide quotes on projects but there could be much much more, I've many times run into a situation where that pricing simply isn't here. However this app is the best in it's field based on price, accessibility, and output of the required paperwork once you've properly setup your account with your personal information.

Recommendations to other buyers: Proper setup of your personal account information to get your desired look is most important, also hit the "Save" button very frequently to avoid frustration or loss of information while adding items to your quote

Clear Estimates Review

Aug 29, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Drop downs for category of repairs follow normal order of work to be done.
Helps to no forget anything. Good function for the cost.

Cons: A tie in with Home Depot or Lowes for materials would be excellent ;)

Overall: Software is user friendly and has a real common sense approach. Been using over a year have found nothing better for the price. Very Satisfied.

Recommendations to other buyers: Additional reporting outputs would be great.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on September 06, 2016

Hi Troy, thanks for the kind words! We're glad to hear that you are happy with the software and find it user friendly.

Clear Estimates Review

Aug 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use, able to put estimate together in a modular form. Jack in customer support.

Cons: I would like to better control the boiler plate items.

Overall: I am a long time user and have been using Clear Estimates since the first revision. I am very happy with the updates, modifications made over the years. Customer support is the best of any SW company I have ever done business with!

Recommendations to other buyers: Take it slow at first.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 24, 2016

Howard, thank you so much for your support over the years. We're very happy to hear that CE is working well for you. Take care. - The Clear Estimates Team.

Personal Review

Aug 01, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Help out a good bit in my estimating . Like how items are arranged in there categories. I need to attend a call to help me set up some of the line items listed above. Love how the customer support is always there to help!!!! Love the way that allows you to go in and change/manipulate the results.

Cons: Could have categories in other areas. What I do not like about the software has it benefits as well . When you input the customer info it draws on past results which is awesome but at the same time it can be a issue. Not that much of a bigge

Overall: I have used the software and do appreciate the way it does the calculation. There are some areas that could use improving. Most of my estimating is for outdoor structures and may be it is me but it is hard to find a set of items that I use in my work. We do structures for outside like water features, fire features, Pergolas... It may be because i do not know where to look to find these items. I know I can construct my own I just do not have the time. I have also found that the prices our a tad high for my region even though I use a local area for cost estimating. If it is possible for there to be an area for the above items to be added would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy using the software.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 03, 2016

Thanks for the kind words, Walter. We are glad to hear that our software has improved your estimates. As you know, Clear Estimates is fully customizable, allowing you to create as many line items as you wish. I would be happy to set up a call with you to explain how to create some custom outdoor features. Be on the look out for an email. - The Clear Estimates Team.

Raise your profit margins with Clear Estimates

Jul 31, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The best things about this software is the quick learning curve, faster estimating, and detail estimates for you and your customers. The monthly fee is well worth the value and more for this software.

Cons: I wish this software could sync between other software systems but there are ways to work around that.

Overall: I was a little skeptical about switching to a new estimating software program but I am glad I did. This software is everything a contractor could every want and everyone needs.

Recommendations to other buyers: By using Clear Estimates your estimating details and organization will amaze your clients and help you stay on top of every aspect of the job to charge for.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 03, 2016

Brian, so glad you decided to switch over to Clear Estimates! We pride ourselves on being a simple and easy to use software and are excited you have found it to be just that. Thanks for the kind words. - The Clear Estimates Team

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Jul 29, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy add change orders and change prices

Cons: Payment schedule sometimes doesn't stay changed when you go back and forth on different job project.

Overall: Response time to some questions is lengthy. Some functions don't work as easy as you would think. Accessing the drop down box on current customers I challenging, you hit the drop down arrow for the customer list and the list goes away. You have to continue to hit the drop down arrow.

Recommendations to other buyers: Wish software assigned project numbers automatically with each new customer name entered.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 03, 2016

Alan, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Since we are now cloud based, our software is constantly being updated. Look out for a refined customer search feature soon. - The Clear Estimates Team

Review of software

Jul 28, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use and easy to train - great access - very little trouble with the functionality - support is very good

Cons: Very little customization in the reports

Overall: I have recommended you to Residential Services of Tulsa - not sure if they are using your software ****

Recommendations to other buyers: I wish that there would be more customization in the reports, especially in the formal reports

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 03, 2016

Glad to hear that you have found our simple and easy to use design of the software helpful, Michael. Also, thanks for the feedback in relation to the reports section, it is great to hear about our customer's specific needs. We will dive a bit deeper into this issue, be on the lookout for an email from us. - The Clear Estimates Team

Lee Remodling

Jul 28, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the professional reports it generates. It has accurate costs for labor and products.

Cons: I would like more templates. It is a little difficult to change the wording of the descriptions.

Overall: I am a remodling contractor. I use it to give estimates to my customers. It is accurate and fairly easy to use.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make is so you can change the wording before you send it to report without having to add it to the tools.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 03, 2016

Hi Greg, thank you for the kind words and useful feedback. We're glad that you are finding our software helpful and wish you the best going forward. - The Clear Estimates Team

estimating basics

Jul 27, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The estimates seem to be right on for both Materials costs and the labor hours. As my own fault, I don't put enough overhead in the projects.

Cons: I wish I could edit the markups on the alternates individually

I wish I could print out the alternates in detail on a combined report, not separately
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I wish the tree would expand based on specifics (more like a windows tree) as opposed to scrolling down the whole thing, then having to scroll back up to close.

I wish there was some way to track the projects... i.e. bids submitted, waiting on customer. signed.. completed.

Overall: I bought this after trying several others. As a small business, I couldn't afford to spend a lot of money up front.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 04, 2016

Hi Keith, thanks for taking the time to review our software. We are happy to hear that Clear Estimates pricing is accurate for your area. Individual markups is something we would like to implement in the future. Thanks for the input. - The Clear Estimates Team

Review Clear Estimates

Jul 25, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Would like to see more options on the report pages, gives very professional quotes which is great but I would like to be able to control the order and the location of the sub heading when using templates, seems to confuse the client. Many times I dont use the templates because the report quote is fragmented.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 04, 2016

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.

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

Jul 25, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use, great support, cloud storage

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

Overall: 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.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 04, 2016

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

Time saver software

Jul 25, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There is a huge database of options with fairly accurate starting points for labor estimates. We are "Jacks of all Trades", so it's difficult to estimate labor without these guidelines.

Cons: I need to educate myself more on templates for time savings. I'm looking forward to watching the free Webinars to learn how to set these templates up.

Overall: We went from producing our own excel sheets to the Clear Estimates program. What a difference that made in time savings to produce estimate, as well as producing a more accurate estimate.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take the time to set up some templates to streamline your estimates.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 04, 2016

Dave, it seems that many of our clients have switched over from excel spreadsheets. We're glad you are finding our software much more helpful and easier to use. Take advantage of those templates! Thanks for your time with us. - The Clear Estimates Team

Clear Estimates Review - Quality Renovations

Jul 25, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use, customer support, reports look very professional

Cons: Wish there was an easier way to track changes to a proposal which would allow me to see old vs new; an invoicing module would be a great add-on

Overall: Prior to Clear Estimates I was using Excel spreadsheets to prepare estimates which, looking back, really left a lot of money on the table for me, as a contractor. Using Clear Estimates has not only allowed me to see the "going rates" but it also has allowed me to start charging the going rates. Presenting the professional looking proposal to customers has certainly taken that process to the next level for me and likely was the tipping point on several jobs for my customers.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 17, 2016

Steve, we're happy to hear that our software has taken your estimating to the next level! Thanks for being such a loyal customer! - The Clear Estimates Team

Great software

Jul 23, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Keeps all my estimates organized. Great price for what you get. Customer service is awesome

Cons: There are so many more things that need to be added to the database. I use xactimate for insurance losses but id like to be able to use this software as xactimate is very pricey

Overall: I have had great success with the software. I like how I can log on anywhere and pull up an estimate

Recommendations to other buyers: add a search feature for customers. Add more line items.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 17, 2016

Hi Ryan, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We are glad to hear our software is having a positive effect on your estimating process. - The Clear Estimates Team

Tusk Automation Inc.

Jul 23, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Web based, works from anywhere, and multiple users can quickly view the same project.

Cons: The need to constantly remember to click "save".
The need to manually look up the next part code # when creating parts manually . It would be great if this was automatic. in some way or if we could assign rules to how it created part code #s.

Overall: We've built our own ever expanding library from scratch and its been a really good experience. We've experienced some glitches. We didnt assign code #'s to our custom parts library initially, every time we uploaded a revised .csv file, it duplicated any part that was already used in a project rather than overwriting it. We have since resolved this.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would really like ability to upload templates (assemblies) as well as items. I would also like to be able to create parts that are project specific so they appear in that project in the add parts menu only when I am working in that project, or some means to take a custom item and save it as a permanent part.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 17, 2016

James, thanks for taking the time for a review. I appreciate your feedback. I will take your advice to the drawing board and discuss with my team. - Alex & The Clear Estimates Team

Excellent

Jul 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the automatic updates and ease of customization.

Overall: I first started using clear estimates last year and with Jacks tips and webinars I have actually learned some different ways to estimate and promote my business creating more success!!

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on October 12, 2016

Hi Lydon, thank you for the kind words. Happy estimating! - The Clear Estimates Team

Software Review 1

Jul 21, 2016
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: It's a good starting place. Some of the costs are off a good bit. Bottom number is close but some line items are high and others low. Templates need some work. SOme have duplicate / similar line items and are missing basic parts needed for the job.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on October 12, 2016

John, we appreciate the feedback and the kind words. Thank you so much for your continued support. - The Clear Estimates Team

Clear Estimates software review from Wes Ballinger.

Jul 21, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The fact that you have gone online is great. Not needing to backup my database is wonderful.

Cons: I really don't have any complaints.

Overall: The software works great. The templates are very good, but it is also very easy to customize. I am very happy to have the service.

Recommendations to other buyers: It would be helpful if I could record returns in the cost status section. In the desktop software I used to be able to put a negative sign in front of a number (-10.00 for example) and it would subtract from the total. That is helpful when we have returns that need to be recorded on a job.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on February 24, 2017

Hi Wes, Thank you for the review. We strive to provide you with a great estimating tool. When you have success, we do to!

Best So Far

Jul 21, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Flexibility, customizable, great support and now on the cloud.

Cons: There is a number of things I would like to change to fit us better but it is excellent for the most part.

Overall: I don't don't think any estimating program out there is exactly a perfect fit, but this this one comes as close as I've tried.

Recommendations to other buyers: I suggest you review the videos then give it a try.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on February 24, 2017

Hi John, Thanks for the kind words. We're glad you find the flexibility and customization of Clear Estimates useful.

Overall a good product

Jul 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Produces estimates fast, great to keep track of jobs, easy to change estimates for customers, cuts down on the time spent on the estimate

Cons: The search function is not great at all. It take a long time and rarely find what you need. The organization of parts seems to not be consistent. Sometimes the removal of things are within the right categories and sometimes they are in a general category. It is very time consuming to have to look in both categories. It does not integrate with quickbooks, which would make sending estimates a lot easier. Right now we have to save to word and then go to email and select the document to send to a customer, very time consuming.

Overall: We have been overall happy with the program. It is really hard to teach someone new how to use it though. We have a new employee and there have been several huge mistakes that have costs our company money in the long run due to over seeing some things.

Recommendations to other buyers: It would really be helpful to put removal and install of work in the same category and be consistent.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on July 20, 2016

Hi Kim, Thank you so much for taking the time for writing the review, we really appreciate it and glad you are generally happy with the product. I'll get in touch with you to hear more about the error you were talking about with your new employee. We're always looking for ways to improve the software so hearing about a problem like that will help us avoid it in the future. We also do integrate with Quickbooks, so I'll help you work through that. Jack Clear Estimates Support

I have used this product for greater than 8 years.

Aug 21, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I have enjoyed the added features which have evolved over time. The product support team is great! hey actually listen to the voice of the customer and have continuous exchange of dialog. I don't believe I have experienced this much with software companies. Just recently i borrowed a tablet with a keyboard and brought it with me to look at a potential job. I was able to quickly generate the majority of the estimate in real time. When I returned to my office, I completed within 1/2 hour. Saved myself alot of time. Using touch screen also helps moving around.

Cons: For the online version, I would like to be able to save a local copy of the data base and use it off line. If i can

Recommendations to other buyers: Try and compare to other s/w on the market like I did

Nice Software, but horrible after purchase customer service

Jan 01, 2015
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This software is now provided to contractors via a subscription service only now. However, a few years back you could purchase a license for the software outright and the only thing you would need to pay for were the cost updates. I specifically asked the company before I purchased the software if I could buy the updates occasionally as I'm a small contractor and mostly need the software to help me verify my labor that I calculate for my jobs. The software was over $800. Shortly after I completed my payments for the software, Clear Estimates went to a monthly subscription service only. When I called I was informed my stand alone software was no longer supported. To make matters worse, the software "times out" every month, so when I do need to use it, I will have to call in to the company, explain the situation and hope that someone will give me a code to "reactivate" the software I already paid in full for. Save your money, there are more ethical companies out there.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on February 24, 2017

Hi Cody, I'd like to thank you for your honest feedback. We have made changes to our support system and team. I think you will find we are much more up to par. Feel free to come back with a month on us to see if things have changed for the better.

Great product.

Aug 22, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using this product for at least 3 years now and do enjoy using it. it has won many a bid. It does lack pricing on impact windows , and pricing on roof trusses are off. there are some small items that i have had to add myself to the list but it was easy to do.

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on August 03, 2016

Ray, thank you for the kind words. We're so happy Clear Estimates has helped you win a number of bids. Keep up the good work! - The Clear Estimates Team

May 02, 2013
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Software produces the most professional looking proposals. The cost database is easily edited. I experienced a short learning curve to be up and running and producing accurate estimates and proposals.

Clear Estimates is a great choice

Mar 14, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Clear Estimates has been working great for me. Whenever I have questions, Mike Kinville's help has been invaluable.

Cons: None that I can think of

Overall: Excellent software for remodelers!

Vendor Response

by Clear Estimates on February 24, 2017

Hi Gary, Thanks for the feedback. We are glad to see Clear Estimates has been a good fit for you!

Feb 13, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using Clear Estimates for several months now and I love it. This program has raised my revenue 70%.

Nov 16, 2011
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have tried other software in a 4 month voyage when I started working back in construction. The other software was a NIGHTMARE and you have to pay additional fees just to understand it. Clear Estimates seemed to have ease of use and great customer service. The guy you speak with is VERY nice and understanding of your needs. The only downfall is that it does not have Commercial bidding prices. If it did, I would use it for that as well. Try it yourself for his initial fee of I think $5.00. The first time I tried it out, I canceled it before the end of the initial promo and had absolutely no trouble getting my refund. After test-driving other software, I came back to Clear Estimates since it seemed to meet many of my needs. Very easy to use once you get initial coaching.