Running a construction business is tough, and there’s a lot to juggle and fit into limited time. From visiting prospects, estimating and quoting, to purchasing, labour control, scheduling and job management. On top of this, you’ll spend time on site working with your team, and you’ve still got to find time for administrative tasks like invoicing, accounting, and legal paperwork.
In the past, all of these tasks were done manually, but 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, and giving you happier customers and more time to yourself to spend on growing the business and with the family.
Of course, there are some tasks that software will never replace, like face-to-face time with prospects or customers, and working on site, but for everything else, there’s Buildxact.
Buildxact is easy to use, automated, construction job management software that will save you time and money, and with cost increases such a huge area of focus for builders, there’s never been a better time to see the difference that Buildxact could make to your business and daily life.
Before we go into the benefits of Buildxact Construction Management software, what is it, and what can it actually do?
What does Buildxact do?
In short, Buildxact helps builders organise everything on one platform.
Let’s start with estimates. Instead of physically measuring things on plans, calculating quantities and contacting various suppliers to obtain costs, all of which is very time-consuming and has a high margin of error, Buildxact does the hard work for you. It allows you to upload the building plans to your computer and easily take measurements of floorplans and elevations, before using the information to automatically create a list of the exact materials required
Moving on to the quote itself, instead of typing up your quote in Word, Buildxact produces professional-looking quotes that allow digital acceptance. All in all, Buildxact cuts quoting time by 80 per cent.
All of your customer communications are stored in one place too, allowing you to track opportunities, and keep customers fully informed from first contact to final invoice. There is even a customer portal, so they can see exactly what’s happening on their build.
Once you’ve won the job, Buildxact takes the stress out of job scheduling with easy-to-use drag-and-drop tools that can build colour-coded schedules and critical paths directly from your estimates. Once you’ve done this, reminders and notifications will keep you, and your subcontractors and suppliers on track, helping to ensure the job runs smoothly and on time.
Buildxact will take care of your accounting and admin tasks too. Not only does Buildxact sync with Xero, MYOB and Quickbooks, but it will also help you keep track of pricing changes, obtain variation approvals, and keep your budgets under control with financial reporting that compares estimates to actual spend.
So, why is software best for construction management? You just have to look at the benefits that all of these tools bring.
The benefits of Buildxact construction management software
More time with the family
The overriding benefit is that it simplifies your professional life and saves you time. How you spend that time is up to you, but it could be with the family, on the golf course, at football or bringing in more new business.
Build your reputation
Everyone likes a builder that delivers on time and within budget. Buildxact’s estimating and scheduling tools will help you do just that, and along the way, you’ll be providing professional looking quotes, transparency, efficient communication, and a portal that allows customers to follow their project.
Control costs and increase profits
Managing costs is always a key focus, and Buildxact has many elements that give you that benefit. The estimating tools help ensure that you’re not under-charging or pricing yourself out of jobs, allowing you to make as much profit as possible.
The tracking tools let you see how actual costs compare with estimated. The benefit of getting this information in real-time is that you can make quicker decisions and have timely conversations with your suppliers and customers.
No-one likes being tied to their desk, especially in the evenings and on weekends. Buildxact gives you access via your laptop, tablet or smart phone, so you can be managing your jobs during dead-time on site, instead of having to start again when you get home.
Collaboration, sharing and integration
Buildxact brings everyone together. You, your workers, contractors, suppliers and customers, saving time for everyone and giving them the information they need, when they need it. Communication is clear, and everyone can work efficiently. The benefit? A productive team, and happy customers.
How do I get started?
The easiest way to get started is to start a free 14-day free trial or book a demo with Buildxact.
Once you’ve done this, you’ll wonder how you managed before! Your estimates and take-offs will be 80 percent quicker, you’ll build your reputation, and most importantly, make more money and take back control of your own time.