The Plus Series

The Plus Series

by Contractors Software Group

Who Uses The Plus Series?

The Plus Series is perfect for the residential/light commercial builder/contractor who wants to streamline their construction business with a single entry A-Z solution.

What Is The Plus Series?

The Plus Series is one of the only fully integrated A-Z construction management software solutions for builders and contractors. It consists of lead tracking, follow-up marketing, customer service/warranty tracking, estimating, proposal/specification writing, document creation, scheduling and job cost accounting software. It consists of four applications: SalesBuilder Plus, Takeoff Plus, Scheduling Plus and Job Accounting Plus.

The Plus Series Details

Contractors Software Group

http://www.contractorssoftwaregroup.com

Founded 1997

The Plus Series Pricing Overview

The Plus Series starts at USD 4,995.00/one-time. The Plus Series does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial. See additional pricing details for The Plus Series below.

Starting Price

USD 4,995.00/one-time

Free Version

No

Free Trial

No

Deployment

Installed - Windows

Training

In Person

Live Online

Webinars

Documentation

Support

Business Hours

Online

The Plus Series Features

Construction Project Management Software
Accounting Integration
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
CRM
Change Orders
Commercial
Contract Management
Contractors
Equipment Tracking
Estimating
Incident Reporting
Mobile Access
Offline Access
RFI & Submittals
Residential
Subcontractor Management
Accounting Management
Bid Management
CRM
Contract Management
Job Costing
Job Scheduling
Permit Management
Quotes / Estimates
Subcontractor Management
Supplier Management
Warranty / Service Management

The Plus Series Reviews

Showing 5 of 14 reviews

Overall
4.2/5
Ease of Use
3.6/5
Customer Service
4.5/5
Features
4.2/5
Value for Money
5/5

CSG overview thus far

Reviewed on 28/09/2018
Jason N.
President
Construction, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
5/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: We are very happy with Customer support and his team. All our questions and needs were always taken care of in a timely fashion. We would highly recommend doing the training to fully implement all the software has to offer as with any new tool in your business

Pros: Fully integrated construction management software
Take off Plus saves us a huge amount of time estimating and generating proposals
Sales builder Plus helps us track prospects through job completion with an automated CRM - Our CRM was non existent until we started with SBP
JAP Plus generates our payroll and helps us stay on top of our jobs with job costing reports

Cons: Learning curve but that's to be expected with any new software. Occasional bugs but taken care of quickly

Reviewed on 28/06/2013
Howard B.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
4/5
Overall
3/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
Value for Money

Comments: I purchased CSG's package in January 2013 and have been working to implement it in my remodeling business. What led me to this package was that I desired a way to have my client/job information flow from the prospect phase all the way through the warranty phase and was frustrated with Quickbooks for not working like a contractor works (estimating, job cost tracking, change orders!) In my previous job, I worked a lot with American Contractor, and though it was clunky and archaic at times, I got used to being able to handle all aspects of a job from one program. CSG offered this capability at a price that a small contractor can afford. CSG is built on the Microsoft Access database platform. Databases can be confusing, but they are highly customizable and provide much better information flow and reporting than Excel. CSG has built the database interface to be pretty straightforward as far as data entry, estimating, accounting, and project management (don't expect all the pretty icons and windows you are used to seeing in QB - this is a workhorse pickup, not a flashy sports car). Make no mistake, this package has a large learning and implementation curve. I am 6 months in, and am just scratching the surface as far as having it fully implemented. The estimating program, for example, may require a good amount of time to update the processes and pricing to better accommodate the way you estimate. Same with the accounting program. If you don't have an accountant to help get you set up, I would recommend it (unless you have a great chart of accounts that works for you). However, the support team is very friendly and helpful. Terry handles the estimating and sales-builder and he is a former contractor and puts the program through the rings to ensure it works for contractors. Robyn is my support for the accounting side and she is very knowledgeable and is great at taking you through the program step-by-step. This is a large investment and commitment! If you don't want to make a serious change in your business don't do it! However, if you are planning for the future and want more control, more accurate accounting and reporting, and a "flowing" business system then by all means talk to CSG.

Reviewed on 28/06/2013
Terry C.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
5/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
4/5
Customer Support
Value for Money

Comments: Like all of us in the business, I grew weary of software designed by folks with little if any actual construction experience. I was using spread sheets, word, and manual calculations to handle the four basics of a real integration. The basic four...Sales, Estimating, Accounting, and a Schedule. There were programs out there that ranged from $500.00 to $30,000. In 1992 I chose CSG's Take Off Plus, Job Accounting Plus, and MS Project for scheduling. I was able to get interfaces with CadSoft and Ms Projct that worked well with Take Off Plus. I used Microsoft Sched+ to track Sales contacts and appointments. After implementing, I was 5% above the average in the Greater Atlanta Hombuilder's Association net profit average, by 1994.
Over the years it has evolved to incorporate new tools and interfaces making it faster, more integrated, and easier to communicate.
Now, the truth about all software, its "soft". It takes real time and effort to set up and anyone who presents you with an "Easy" button should be shown the door. Half of what you spend for software will likely be required in training. Are you willing to change you time consuming processes? You will have to in order to succeed in today's markets. Do you have to be faster, more efficient, and agressive in a 2013 arena, yes. CSG is no different in that respect to time, however, the return investment for time spent is superior to any tool in the industry that I am aware of. They are at least 19 months ahead in system programming of any competitor that is even attempting a truly seamless integration.
Finally, If I were actively Building and Consulting today, would I use CSG as my tool of choice? Yes and I don't consider the truth a conflict of interest. I love teaching the product.

Accounting clean up.

Reviewed on 16/06/2015
Francine H.
Office Manager
Construction
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
4/5
Overall
1.5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Pros: My support person was instrumental in getting my accounting Balance Sheet and Income Statement in line. With her gentle and compassionate help I was able to present our 2014 books to our tax accountant in perfect form. She was easy to understand and follow plus she went above and beyond to look at several issues I was having. She also provided tools to help me on the future. My support calls are now at a minimum, as I feel I can breeze my way through the system.

Cons: Screens are too busy and software does not seem intuitive or user-friendly.

360 degree implementation of software

Reviewed on 25/02/2015
Ray R.
Construction
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
5/5
Overall
3.5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Pros: The software's ability to manage virtually all aspects of the construction process (e.g., client's initial visit, recording and managing their involvement, selections, financing the build to managing vendor costs, and purchasing L&M driving to real cost tracking from forecasting to closure). Because we're using a number of modules in a complex and holistic manner for all business and field operations, it takes time and understanding to integrate the system effectively. However, depending on your specific needs, the software can be used in a far less complex manner.

Cons: Some of the terms used within the software are brand-specific but not much more than that.