Scheduling for ALL types of contractors

I was reminded again today of how broad a reach BuildIT has in terms of our customer base.

While we do have residential builders and renovators using the system with success, we also cater to a variety of other contractors and specialty trades who come to us frustrated by the popular options out there that are overkill or not really applicable to their unique needs.

Once such contractor in Nevada is a fibre optic cable installer, who does work for some large organizations. What was important to them was real time sharing of scheduled tasks, progress, and related files... and they found the perfect fit in BuildIT.

In our customer's own words...

Our company has used BuildIT for the past couple years for managing job schedules and keeping our people, and our customers, on the same page. In particular, the Nevada Department of Transportation staff who we liaise with on several contracts have found BuildIT highly effective in providing visibility into where we are at daily on any given job. The site staff at Swinerton Renewable Energy we work with are able to see daily updates and related files via the BuildIT system right on their devices, which reduces the number of voice calls we field for progress updates.

Brandon Rather - Edge Communications Inc

If you're a contractor who is just after a better scheduling system, this may be your scheduler of choice. Give BuildIT a try. You'll save a bunch of $$ on your monthly subscription over the "competition", and you'll have just what you need to get the job done and keep your people on the same page.

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

What does this button do?

I thought it would be a good idea to hire a professional. I could have done it myself, but since a company I consult for was awarded a contract by the local public library, I thought I could share the wealth, and perhaps learn a thing or two from a real contractor.

The objective: bolt down a park bench to a concrete pad. That meant drilling 4 holes into the concrete, installing concrete anchors, then bolting down the bench leg ends. Easy... you would think.


So I hired Jim (name not changed - there’s no way I’m protecting the innocent on this one!). Good guy, friend, hard worker, and besides, installing a bench is a lot easier with 2 people. I also used his truck, and his gas.

“Jim, have you ever drilled through concrete before?” I asked. I may as well have asked Jim if he had ever used a screw driver, or plumbed a wall. After insulting his intelligence, I told him he was hired. I also said I would take care of renting the hammer drill from the local tool rental shop in town. You need a hammer drill to drill into concrete.

Halfway to the library, I asked Jim if he had an extension cord - these hammer drills run on electricity you know.

Nope.

“Jim, this is your truck, and you are a contractor. I would think you’d have a few cords hiding under the bench seat at the back”. So we double backed home and I grabbed one of mine. Not off to a rock solid start.

We finally get to the library, and I tell Jim that I’ll mark the holes, but he is the guy with the pipes, so he can use the hammer drill. We’re only drilling down an inch, 4 holes, no big deal.

The first hole took a while.

The 2nd hole took even longer - something was amiss. I’m thinking the guy who gave me the drill bit is going to get an earful - the thing must be dull.

On the third hole, I noticed Jim putting all his weight on top of the drill... and he was beginning to sweat a bit. Being a contractor is quite the workout!

Suddenly a light bulb went on. Jim stopped. Looked at the drill. And noticed a button. Pretty sure the button had a picture of a hammer on it.

We had a good laugh… the 4th hole went in like a knife through butter.

Jim got a good ribbing, and he knows I’ll never forget!!

Just the other day he texted me this photo:

With the caption: Any idea what the little hammer symbol on this tool means?

It takes a big man to laugh at himself.


Got a construction fail story that beats this and can garner up some laughs? Send it to us, and we’ll throw it up on the wall!

Another funny story worth reading: Old Gus

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Ready to Experience the Difference?

If you're reading this, you're likely in the hunt for some type of construction software.

And there's lots out there!

You've probably found a number of websites like Software Advice, Capterra, G2 Crowd that provide a myriad of software solutions for you to consider. And if you Google search "construction software" or its many variants ("construction project management", "home builder software", "construction scheduling software" and so on), you'll find literally 1000's of hits.

You could spend the next year researching options, and not make a move. Meanwhile, your competitors are pulling trigger on something, and making gains in their operational efficiencies. The pressure's on.

To make things more challenging for you, all these construction software companies are jimmying for position, trying to be at the top of the list, like race cars on a track. And in marketing their products, they'll make claims designed to get you to choose them above the rest.

Here are some claims that I found doing a quick search of several construction software companies:

  • #1 Highest Rated Custom Builder and Remodeler Software
  • Best in Class Construction Project Management
  • The #1 Software for home builders and remodelers
  • Are you using the industry standard?
  • The most widely user construction software in the cloud
  • The world's number one most widely used construction management software

These companies are all making overlapping claims. They can't all be right.

But they all share this in common: all of these companies DO NOT offer a free test drive of their system. What they do offer is professional salespeople, often commissioned, with monthly quotas, who pull out all the stops to get you to buy.

We all have friends who went to Mexico on a vacation... and came back "owning" a time share. And when you questioned them on their purchase, they went to great lengths to justify the expenditure. The fact is, that industry is a well oiled machine, and these time share companies are experts at getting people to pay more for something they hadn't given much if any thought to prior to boarding the plane.

That's how the big construction software companies are structured now. If these companies have dozens (or in some cases 100's) of staff, many of whom are headset wearing, cubicle occupying hungry sales people that have to produce or die, well, buckle up... you are in for a wild ride. And it will cost you royally.


Ready to experience the difference?

1. Free test drive. No obligation. No credit card required.

Imagine, not being hounded by a salesperson. Launch a free test drive of BuildIT when it suits you. Learn at your own pace, with helpful videos that guide you through the basics. And eventually, you get to speak to one of the owners. That's right - business owner to business owner. Concierge service. Without sitting in the time share sales room, getting hammered.

2. No need for "Home Builder Boot Camp" or "ABC Software University".

Ouch. If you need to fly somewhere and sit in a class for a couple days, or take part in several "webinars" to learn a software system, it's likely more complex than it needs to be. Or it may be that your operations require complex, comprehensive "end-to-end" solutions, in which case, why are you even here reading this!? (Operators at Software Advice, Capterra, G2 Crowd are standing by!)

3. Simple scheduling and notification system, for a fraction of the price of the Big Guys.

If construction scheduling is all you need, why pay more for features you won't use?


Perhaps you rolled the dice on "the best", "industry standard", "what everybody was bragging about at the previous International Builder's Show" software package. And now the results are in. The hefty monthly billing is adding up to a small fortune. And your experience doesn't match with those glorious customer testimonials on their website.

With complex "Byzantine" project management systems, you'll only use a small percentage of what's available... but you're paying 100% of the price!

So if you're looking primarily for scheduling, and a platform to keep everybody on the same page, then choose BuildIT, and stop the monthly hemorrhaging.

We are welcoming a number of customers who have tried, and quit using the software systems mentioned above. Find out what they have discovered in BuildIT.

Start a Free Test Drive now and experience the difference for yourself.

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1