The small-to-mid-sized homebuilder market is heating up—that is, smaller residential firms are looking at technology today to improve business process management. In response, software providers are offering solutions that are designed with the specific needs of this market in mind.
For builders that are working with smaller staffs, technology can help increase the amount of work done on a project without adding more employees, ultimately streamlining business processes. For homebuilders looking to effectively manage their business, HomeDev Pro from Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, www.constellationhb.com, Markham, Ont., is an option.
The solution allows builders to do budget control, job costing, scheduling, bid requests and comparison, automatic purchase order creation, variance and change order control, contract control, field control, workflow management, document management, loan draw and cost plus billing, payment request and approval, and sales orders, among others.
As the market continues to change, technology providers continue to expand their selection of software, creating more solutions that are tailored for specific markets within the construction industry.
Take for example, HomeFront Software, www.homefront-software.com, Calgary, Alta. This company has been dedicated to the larger homebuilders for years, and has expanded its reach to smaller builders in the past two years.
The technology provider mixed the best software features from its existing line of software to create Job Simplicity—an affordable construction solution that integrates with QuickBooks from Intuit, www.intuit.com, Mountain View, Calif., and Simply Accounting by Sage,www.sagecre.com, Beaverton, Ore.
Designed specifically for smaller homebuilders, Job Simplicity allows companies to manage sales and marketing, estimating, bid management, purchasing, scheduling, job costing, and service coordination.
For smaller homebuilders, this type of technology is tailored made to meet the needs of the industry. Of course, there are a number of solutions on the market already that can help smaller homebuilders become more efficient.
BuilderTREND, www.buildertrend.com, Omaha, Neb., has been catering to the small-to-medium-sized homebuilding and remodeling companies since it first came to market in 2006. The company continues to focus on new features that will improve communication, collaboration, and scheduling for homebuilders.
The company has added a new selections module and updated marketing videos and materials for builders to use during the sales process.
Small-to-mid-sized homebuilders have quite a few options when it comes time for technology adoption. It is interesting to watch this segment of the market become more technology progressive, as the economic conditions require more efficient project delivery.