Resources for the Construction Industry

Plumb is your resource for the construction industry. For over 20 years, Plumb has been providing construction accounting services and software solutions for the builders and developers. We are long-standing members in local construction trade associations and give educational presentations to help contractors better understand their construction financial management statements, along with educating on best practices for upgrading and implementing construction-specific software.

To help answer your questions regarding construction-specific accounting software, we have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about upgrading to Sage construction software.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know it’s time to upgrade my accounting software?

Answer: Many generic accounting software solutions do not handle job cost reporting and provide detailed Work-in-Progress reports. A construction-specific solution that integrates estimating, accounting, project management and service management can help improve profitability. Is it worth the investment? Take this quick needs assessment to see if Sage construction software is right for your company.

Q: What is the difference between QuickBooks and Sage 100 Contractor?

Answer: Plumb works with many contractors who make the move from QuickBooks to Sage 100 Contractor. Check out this comparison guide which highlights the benefits and capabilities that Sage 100 Contractor provides compared to QuickBooks. For more information, read this Sage 100 Contractor success story featuring Plumb client who made the switch from QuickBooks.

Q: How long does the software implementation take?

Answer: There are five stages of the implementation process that Plumb sets up with each new client. These are: 1) pre-implementation meeting. 2) Database build-out. 3) Data migration. 4) Training. 5) Customized reports if necessary. You can expect Sage 100 Contractor implementation to be 30 – 60 days and Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate for 90 – 120 days.

Q: How is the Sage software licensing handled?

Answer: All Sage construction software products use concurrent licensing. The system can be installed on any number of computers, but usage is only available per the amount of licenses purchased.

Q: Can I get help with Sage training and consulting if I didn’t purchase the software from Plumb?

Answer: Yes, Plumb Sage Certified Consultants provide training and consulting services, either on-site or remotely, anywhere in the United States, even if we are not your Sage software vendor.

Q: Can I finance the purchase of the software and implementation costs?

Answer: Yes, Plumb has referrals to finance companies who will provide competitive prices for the purchase of new Sage software. Plumb will also work with new clients to offer financing of the implementation fees in some cases.

Q: Is the software user-friendly?

Answer: The dashboards and workflow of Sage 100 Contractor are easy to use and navigate. Ready for an online demo? Click here and we can get you setup.

Q: I like my Excel spreadsheets! Will I have to give them up?

Answer: No. Whether you choose Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate or Sage 100 Contractor, you will have the capability to integrate information created in the software to Excel, while also enhancing the features of Excel reports. For more information, take a look at Sage Intelligence Reporting.

Q: Where is the software hosted?

Answer: Traditionally, Sage CRE software is hosted with onsite servers. However, Sage has an authorized service provider for hosting Sage CRE in the cloud or remotely.

Q: What is the difference between Sage 300 CRE and Timberline software?

Answer: Sage acquired Timberline software in 2003. Since the purchase, Sage has improved the functionality and integration without compromising its capabilities. Timberline is now known as Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate or Sage 300 CRE.

Q: What is the difference between Sage 100 Contractor and MasterBuilder?

Answer: Sage bought MasterBuilder software in 2006. It has improved functionality with the same easy-to-use job costing features. Master Builder software is now Sage 100 Contractor.

Q: Is there a trial available for Sage CRE software?

Answer: Because of the setup and training required to utilize the software, there is no immediate or short term trial available for you to use. However, we are happy to meet and discuss the software and how it can be tailored to your firm’s specific workflow. If there are specific reports that are important to your team members, our consultants can review these and see if they are available as an out of the box or custom written report within the Sage CRE systems.

Q: What is Sage Service Operations?

Answer: Sage Service Operations is a subscription cloud-based service management solution that integrates with Sage 100 Contractor and Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate. The application functions in two ways, one is used by the technician and the other is for the customer of the company.

Q: Will Sage Service Operations be purchased as a stand alone solution?

Answer: No, you have own Sage 100 Contractor with Service Receivables or Sage 300 CRE with Service Management.

Q: What is Sage Construction Project Center?

Answer: It is a subscription-based web portal and android or ios app collaboration tool. It is also known as Sage CPC.

Q: Can Sage CPC be used as a stand-alone software?

Answer: Yes, you do not need to own Sage 100 Contractor or Sage 300 CRE to purchase Sage Construction Project Center.

Q: Does Sage offer an integrated document management and routing software platform?

Answer: Yes, Sage Paperless Construction provides an electronic workflow for everyone involved in the construction project.

Q: Are there subscription options for Sage construction software, or must I purchase it outright?

Answer: Yes, you can lease Sage 100 Contractor with a minimum of a 1-year agreement and pay in monthly installments.

Q: Why can’t I purchase Sage CRE products directly from Sage?

Answer: Sage offers a business model that provides customers with a dedicated business partner who is authorized by Sage to implement and sell the software products. Authorized Business Partners, like Plumb, must keep up with Sage Certifications and requirements to continue to provide these products to customers and adhere to best practices. Learn why you should work with Plumb as your Sage construction software partner.

Construction Industry Associations

Plumb is proud to be a member and sponsor for construction industry associations in San Diego, Orange County and Riverside.