A guide to 6 essential stages in construction job management
The 6 stages in construction job management are essential to understand before you begin your next venture. Find out more about it here.
The 6 stages in construction job management are essential to understand before you begin your next venture. Find out more about it here.
New technology in construction is advancing and with supply shortages and prices uncertain, adapting these technological trends is vital.
Preliminaries in construction refer to the costs for an entire project, covering materials, labour and more. Find out what this means for your projects.
Listen as award-winning architect and builder David Pollard offers ways to reframe the negative thoughts customers can have about renovation.
Demand for new construction materials that are sustainable is up. Grow your business with online material pricing tools.
Construction job management is changing, and software now exists that will take most of the hard work off your hands, saving you time, money and energy
In today’s current climate, it’s never been more important for builders to stay on top of their finances.
Builders can grow homeowner trust using estimating templates and multifunctional custom home building software.
With greater focus on risk management, successful builders are navigating today’s volatile business climate.
In a tough economy, it’s important to learn new ways of planning custom home projects. Learn how lean construction can grow your business.
Learn what Subcontractor Management is and why its critical for construction company success.
By bringing stakeholders together to review project scope, schedule and budget, you avoid potential issues and delays down the road.
No matter rising costs, for many home builders construction cost forecasting proves too time consuming. Others find forecasting difficult and don’t know where to begin. This doesn’t have to be you. Today, tools exist that make forecasting a simpler, more predictable process.
Buildxact takes all the leg work out of quoting for small residential builders.
Making sure a quote contains all the right information and is presented to a client clearly and punctually can be the difference between getting a job or not,
The importance of a building quote
The foundation of a successful home construction project lies with a detailed construction quote and resulting contract. Clarifying, via a quote to the homeowner, the project scope, specifications, costs and timeline reduces payment delays and unfortunate disagreements. The use of a building quote template leads to a higher level of customer se
Producing an accurate estimate is often one of the most time-consuming parts of the process for small building companies, eating into valuable time. There are lots of reasons why estimating can go awry, including factors out of your control, like fluctuating material costs. However, for those with construction estimating software in place, time-consuming, inaccurate quotes are a th
There are many estimating software packages on the market, but they’re not all created equally, and many of them haven’t been created with your specific needs in mind.
For the best customer experience, custom home builders know that good planning, coupled with proper management of homeowner expectations, is critical–especially in a tough construction industry experiencing potential cost fluctuations that make every dollar count.
By the time a home construction project is ready to break ground, months and tens of thousands of dollars have bee
Home builders must pay attention to their branding in order to be successful. Branding helps to set them apart from their competition.
On your next job, try using takeoff software from Buildxact. It’s incredibly simple to use and is designed with small residential builders in mind.
Paying attention to the preconstruction process helps set a project schedule and budget that can be maintained and lowers the risk of hold-ups.
Custom home builders have a strong need for a complete, modern document management system.
The process of bid leveling manages a variety of project information from bids in a way that the client can easily understand.
How you estimate and conduct your project management can affect the accuracy of the budget for construction costs and that budget can reveal as early as possible if the job will deliver a satisfactory result for the homeowner and turn a profit for you, the builder.
It’s critical that you always submit competitive, complete quotes if you are to win the amount of work required to grow your business. To do this, you must have accurate estimates of labor costs and material costs‑especially during the current economy.
Welcome to our June edition of Product News! The Buildxact team are excited to share the work we’ve been doing to help suppliers and sales reps deliver value add services to their builders. Through simplifying the sales process, suppliers can continue to grow a loyal customer base.
Let’s jump straight in!
Respond to quote requests in Buildxact
Tendering in the construction industry is the process of requesting and receiving a price for a specific scope of work.
Buildxact’s latest features deliver an end-to-end platform for suppliers to work collaboratively with builders throughout a job.
Welcome to our first product update for the year!
We’re super excited to collaborate with you and share our exciting new features, helping you save time and win more jobs. Let’s kick it off with the latest releases that will help give you more time to do the things you love most!
Organize your week in a dash
Seeing what tasks are coming up for th
Are you still dealing with manual measuring calculators, spreadsheets, handwritten notes and passing everything off to the wife or office admin to enter? And then collect it all and give it to your accountant to redo again?
Before beginning a new construction project, it’s important to develop a clear sense of the time, material and financial demands to complete the project.
A construction estimate is the most crucial part of winning building jobs and is key to any successful project completion. Whether it is a new home, a renovation or remodel, an extension, a civil or commercial project, an accurate construction cost estimation ensures a builder’s profits.
The construction industry is one of the top start-up business sectors, but it is an industry where well over half of new businesses don’t make it through the first five years. However, if you can successfully manage your construction company, you can avoid this pitfall and be set up for long-term success. Keep in mind that despite cyclical industry downturns, often sparked by ex
When you are part of the construction industry, winning bids and tenders is vital to the success of your business. This makes the construction estimate a crucial step in creating a building company that earns profits, has high customer satisfaction and continues to grow.
The effects of COVID have been felt across all industries including the construction industry, and it has never been more critical for builders like you to focus on your long-term financial viability.
To make cash in the construction industry you must ensure that your outlay is covered and profit margins maintained. The trick is knowing how to set the project price. To set a price you need to know what the entire project costs are, including the material cost, direct labor pricing, equipment and the indirect cost of the complete job. Big construction companies often have expert c
It’s easy to imagine the effect construction management software will have on you and your construction firm. Imagine having more time, wasting less money, and having happier customers, all while growing your construction industry business. You don’t have to just imagine it though. Let’s have a look at how construction software benefits construction businesses of all sizes.
Many large construction companies understand the importance of a construction proposal, but it is often overlooked by smaller builders and remodelers. That is usually because they don’t understand what a construction proposal actually is.
Takeoff estimating, or a material takeoff is an integral part of the construction estimating process.
A material takeoff involves estimated counts of material supplies, material costs, labor costs and equipment by itemised prices and also can include a project completion date estimate by computing delivery times and building hours.
Managing a carpentry business is no easy feat. There are plenty of details to consider. How will you communicate with clients? What will your customer onboarding and administrative processes look like? How will you keep track of important records and information?
Estimating is an important factor in many industries. The local grocer wants to order enough stock to satisfy their customers yet have the goods on the shelf for as little time as possible. For the construction industry, it is no different. Without a detailed estimate, profit margins can suffer. However, estimation is not a process of guesses. An estimate is calculated through knowl
Possibly the most crucial part to a construction project is construction estimating. It is the process of calculating the material, labor, equipment and overhead costs associated with a building project and then creating a quote, bid or project budget with the information.
Construction estimating is a major element of construction management. The construction industry relies on accurate cost estimates for both simple and complex projects.
Money runs the building and construction industry. To be successful you have to have a lot of money coming in and not as much going out. This is where building cost estimating is invaluable, but there are tricks to getting fast and accurate estimates.
The most important part of profitable construction projects is getting the costs right. If you undervalue the price, then you are going to lose money. If you are overvaluing your estimates, then you will most likely lose bids. Either way, incorrect cost estimates can destroy a builder or construction company. It can eat away at your profit margin or damage your reputation.
Price and inventory volatility are causing custom home builders and pro dealers headaches. There is no magic solution, but effective and constant communication between all the parties involved, helps.
The key to a healthy relationship is communication and setting realistic expectations. Both sound very simple, but in most cases where relationships sour, these two factors have crumbled.
Custom home builders and suppliers need to have a synergistic relationship to be successful in the construction industry. Suppliers want to offer custom home builders the materials they need to complete high-quality projects quickly and efficiently. Builders rely on suppliers to provide those materials at prices that allow them to make a profit. Price volatility in the construction
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer to call it material takeoff, construction takeoff or estimation takeoff, a quantity takeoff is an essential part of any building project. Whether it is a large or a small job, accurate quantity takeoffs can mean the difference between a financial disaster and a completed project that keeps everyone happy.
When assessing whether a construction manager is right for your project, look for these qualities. They will help ensure that you have a successful project that meets your needs and runs smoothly.
Estimating construction costs starts with a careful review of the project documents to determine the amount of work in a project.
Estimating construction costs accurately relies on many elements. It’s a necessary process and is what underscores the pricing of construction projects. The accuracy or inaccuracy of an estimate can make or break a business’ profitability. However, the elements involved can complicate the process and result in a lot of risk, whether from material price fluctuations to uncertai
As a business owner in residential construction, you know that you need a competitive edge to win more business. While your project portfolio is impressive in attracting business, you’re only as good as your first impression, and generally, you only have one chance to get it right.
Manual takeoffs with paper plans and scale ruler are time-consuming and inefficient. Takeoff software helps you produce project bids quicker.
Residential construction projects rarely seem to go precisely as planned. Each new build or home renovation has a wide range of moving parts – and people – each with dependencies upon another.
Creating quick and accurate estimates is one of the necessary essential functions to winning jobs and running a successful residential construction business. It takes a lot of time, and if you’re still creating them by hand or Excel, there’s more potential for costly errors.
After the rollercoaster of 2020, predicting anything in 2021 can often feel impossible. At a time of flux, the ability to accurately estimate construction time for building projects is never more vital.
In today’s tech-driven world, using software to run your residential construction business’ day-to-day operation is critical to be competitive and manage your business more efficiently. As a builder or trade, the choices may seem endless for you.
It is undeniable that the global pandemic has taken a toll on businesses and our economy. And that includes the construction industry.
Using estimating software can help you streamline your entire estimating process, from doing takeoffs, to creating estimates and sending out professional quotes, setting your construction business up for success.
We live in a rapidly changing world where technology is advancing at a groundbreaking speed. And with the rise of social media, remote work and online communication tools, everyone is migrating to researching and purchasing online. It is essential that if you own a small construction company or are involved in the construction industry in any way, that you take construction marketin
If you are in the construction business — from residential to commercial and new builds to renovating — managing large or small jobs, you need to provide your customers with a project estimate before starting work. It is a critical component to forecast expenses and manage profitability. An accurate estimate also plays a crucial role in winning business.
Construction takeoffs sometimes referred to as material takeoffs, are an essential piece for almost any construction project. No matter the size of the job, takeoffs play a critically vital role in providing an accurate estimate for the builder or trader and their customer. It is even helpful for those in the electrical field since it will help them determine the quantities requ
Job management software is quickly becoming essential for small builders and trades who want to accelerate growth and reach their business goals. This is true for those that work on one job at a time, as well as builders that manage multiple jobs simultaneously.
If you are looking to grow your construction business, the best time to start is right now. It can feel like a daunting task and you may not know where or how to begin, so we thought we would give you hand, and list some basic strategies that you can start putting in place. These are some take-outs from our webinar ‘The Biggest Future Growth Opportunity in the B
Strategy, leadership, goal-setting and game-changers – these were just some of the topics covered in our webinar How to Win More Work in a Competitive Marketplace.
Buildxact partnered with Xact Accounting to deliver a very informative webinar centred around Expert Financial Tips to Protect your Business.
With many different types of job management and estimating software for small builders on the market, it is difficult to know which one is the ideal fit for your business. Some of them only do estimating, while others are simply for scheduling work. On top of that, most of them are way too hard to use!
In the era of digital tools, you have more options now than ever before; especially when it comes to managing your work in the construction industry. Cloud-based construction software can help you control scheduling, provide accurate estimations, generate job costings, invoices, quotes and much more.
The adoption of estimating software for small builders in Australia has soared in recent years. As the construction industry continues to evolve its digital capabilities, builders are embracing estimating software as a backbone of their business.
Drills and hammers aside, the most powerful tool the modern tradesperson possesses is in the palm of their hand – their smartphone.
You need easy to use software, and that’s what we’re famous for, but we also know that you may need a hand getting set up and comfortable with the Buildxact. So every subscription includes 3 hours of training, just for you, one on one.
Managing communications with your clients is critical… one missed email can be the difference between a happy client and a headache. Keeping on top of emails is difficult enough when using a single email account. As soon as you have more than one person in your business, it’s almost impossible to know exactly who has emailed whom and when.
Buildxact and TradiePad are working to help free builders and trades from the shackles of traditional paper-based systems.
Estimating software designed for builders and trades specifically allows you to cost up your jobs and into a professional looking quote
Many business owners think you need to reduce the time it takes to do jobs to save time. Here are the best tips and tricks to get your business running more efficiently.
Construction management software is designed to simplify your residential construction business. Tracking construction cash flow is important and every construction company, big and small, does it in order to be successful and stay in business.
If you are a builder in the construction industry we have your back – take a fresh approach to your job in 2019 with our three easy tips to make your construction admin simpler and improve construction efficiency. The right software solution can be a great tool to fill in the gap if you do not have access to a project manager, or would even enhance the abilities of an actual proje
If you’re an experienced builder you may be able to estimate the cost of a small one-off job in your head, but generally, most builds and renovations start with a takeoff which will form the basis of your quote.
Your input and comments continue to help us develop new features and improvements and we’re grateful for your feedback. Over the past few months, we’ve launched a number of features that have been high on many of your wish lists. Here’s a quick overview.
We’re proud to announce Buildxact will be an exhibitor at Sydney Build this year! Sydney Build is the Leading Construction Show for Sydney and New South Wales. It’s a completely Free Expo and Conference with a huge range of daily workshops. So why not meet us there?
Here’s how you can get Buildxact on your home screen for easy access on your smart phone or tablet! Follow the instructions below from HowtoGeek.com and you’ll have Buildxact at the tips of your fingers in no time.
The most common problem every builder faces is how to attract customers and effectively win their business. You might have your estimating software like Buildxact all sorted and your accounting is syncing seamlessly but there’s not enough business or quotes been creating. Here’s a proven system to create your sales funnel that any builder can follow
The onboarding process of new employees in the construction industry can be a little different from how other industries do it. In some cases, construction companies often ignore or overlook new employees after they are hired. It is not intentional, by any means, it is mostly due to how busy construction workers are that there is not a formal onboarding process in place.
Becoming a Buildxact Partner could be the perfect side business for you if you are a builder, tradie, accountant or financial adviser. Buildxact is the complete software solution for Builders and Tradies that’s being rapidly adopted in Australia which is why we need people like yourself to help us spread the word. Whether you’re an existing customer, builder or accountant we wou
Roofing estimating software makes estimating the roof of a residential or commercial a much simpler task for builders and tradies. There is the pitch, materials, multiple measurements and not to mention the weather, to take into consideration. The number one tool any builder or tradie will need is a simple and easy-to-use estimating software like Buildxact and it is so simple to u
Estimating for a builder is now a dream and so simple every builder is getting estimating software. It’s not hard to see why, when estimating a job is faster, cheaper and easier than ever before. If you’ve ever been caught out with inaccurate estimates, budgets that blow out and unhappy customers then an estimating software is for you. So here are the benefits of using an esti
The most common myth about estimating software is that it’s too complicated and hard to learn. That used to be true before well designed cloud software became available in the last few years.
Xero is the fastest growing new breed of accounting software in Australia/NZ that’s cloud based, low cost and easy to use. Bookkeepers and accountants seem to be keen for their clients to move to Xero for good reasons.
Quoting by builders and tradies takes a lot of time. It’s the main reason tradies complain about working every night and not having enough time to run their business or get time to finish jobs on schedule. Families miss out. Quality checking of work suffers, so rework is a risk. Errors in estimating can eliminate job profit in a flash. No wonder that software for estimating that c
Stay in touch, and we’ll show you how construction management software helps you get the job done so you can get back to what truly matters in life.