Thanks for your question! My father and brother are developers, so
I got a little help from my brother with this one.
So far, I have found one program that seems suitable.
The Builder version of Construction Office 2003, by UDA
seems to meet just about all your requirements, including
the price. Heres what it includes:
Construction Office 2003 Builder includes the five components listed
· UDA Contracts 2003
· UDA Specifications 2003
· UDA Estimating 2003
· UDA Financing 2003
· UDA Accounting 2003
The price is a reasonable $249-$349. Construction Office is designed
to be used in conjunction with Microsoft Office. As you grow your
business, you can add components. Or if you decide to start with the
Light Commercial, Professional, or Developer versions, the most
expensive (Developer) is still just $799. You dont mention where you
are, but there are special versions for California contractors too.
If you go to the Compare Versions page, youll see just how much
each version costs, and what it includes:
A company called CDCI, Construction Data Control
Inc, can do for you most of what you want to do.
Theyve been around for over 20 years, and you can find them at :
But, I spoke to their rep on the phone, and theyre expensive. Their
accounting module runs $1,500-4,000, estimating is $4-5 thousand, and
scheduling is about $600.
Theres a program called Master Builder, by Intuit.
It looks as though it meets your requirements, with the
exception of the structure of the deal, and its
expandable. You can find the homepage at:
However, this system is also expensive: $2,400 for the
core system and another $900 for the Estimating
Component you would need, so $3,300. They do give
you a year of tech support, so thats part of the
I have checked a number of other sites (below) and none actually
show their prices (always a worry!) I have e-mailed them with
your requirements, and will forward their responses to you.
One is The American Contractor, by Maxwell.
Homepage is at :
This one looks good because you can buy modules individually, so
expandable. Does not seem to include section for the initial structure
the deal: financing, loans etc. Will get back to you on the price.
ComputerEase construction software is at:
They seem more limited, but I e-mailed them to see if they can meet
your requirements, and at what price.
I hope this is a good preliminary answer to your question. Before you
rate it, please wait for the price followups, and please ask me to
or followup anything thats missing.