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Best Construction Accounting Software of December 2022

Complex job costing capabilities are a must for construction companies.

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Accounting software for construction companies should feature tools that meet industry-specific needs for budgeting, job costing, project tracking and reporting.

On top of having to respond to changes in material costs, project scope and labor, construction projects must take multiple types of expenses into account and assign them to jobs accordingly. Throw in equipment cost allocation and things get even more complicated. The best products will make it easy to record cost of goods sold, get the most out of your equipment and monitor project costs so you don’t go over budget.

Here are some of the top picks for construction accounting software products.

Best Construction Accounting Software

Our pick for

Best overall

Sage

Sage 100 Contractor

Sage

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Quote-based.

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Why we like it

Compared to other products on this list, Sage 100 Contractor offers the most industry-specific features for construction companies, including the ability to create subcontracts. Because it’s built specifically for small to medium-sized contractor businesses, it’s robust enough that users won’t need to worry about integrating with third-party add-ons.

Pros

  • Industry-specific reports.

  • Job costing tools let you track individual jobs or groups of jobs. 

  • Unlimited users; ability to set customized permissions for each. 

  • Equipment Management add-on helps assign equipment costs to jobs and track maintenance schedules.

Cons

  • Quote-based pricing makes it difficult to compare to the competition.

Our pick for

Customer service

BQE Core

BQE Core

BQE Core

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Quote-based.

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Why we like it

BQE Core is designed for various types of project-based companies. Its base plans include tools for time-tracking, bills and invoices, project management, reporting, customizable dashboards and 24/7 support, along with a dedicated account manager. Users have the option to add on modules for accounting, customer relationship management and human resources. Additionally, it could be a good fit for government contractors since it’s compliant with the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

Pros

  • Built-in time and expense tracking.

  • Customizable dashboards, plus reports on utilization and billable work.

  • Phased billing capabilities.

  • Job costing tools.

Cons

  • Quote-based pricing makes it difficult to compare to the competition.

Our pick for

Integrations

QuickBooks
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QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks

Starting at

$30/mo

Additional pricing tiers (per month): $55, $85, $200.

Promotion

50% off

for first three months or free 30-day trial.

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Why we like it

Though QuickBooks Online has strong job costing, project management and progress billing features, it’s probably not powerful enough to support your construction company’s accounting needs alone. With its five-star rating, however, it can be a great foundation as long as you subscribe to an add-on or two for things like progress invoicing and change orders.

Pros

  • Integrates with more than 750 apps, including Knowify for Contractors, Buildertrend and CoConstruct.

  • Project profitability tracking and job costing in the Plus plan and up.

  • Create budgets and monitor actual spend with reports.

  • Built-in time tracking in Essentials plan and up.

Cons

  • Lack of industry-specific reports.

  • May require industry-specific integrations.

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Our pick for

Desktop option

QuickBooks
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QuickBooks Enterprise

QuickBooks

Starting at

$1,340/Year for the first year

Additional pricing tiers (per year): $1,740; $2,140; $4,200. Costs vary according to number of users and whether you need cloud access.

Promotion

30-day free trial.
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Why we like it

Unlike QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Enterprise is desktop-based and offers industry-specific reports for a handful of industries, including construction. You’ll get access to a Contractor Chart of Accounts and reports for job status, costs by job, unpaid bills by job, unassigned job expenses and more. Subscribers have the option to add more users and cloud access as their company grows.

Pros

  • Industry-specific reports.

  • Job costing tools.

  • Ability to keep track of change orders.

  • Built-in mileage tracking.

Cons

  • Limited to Windows users.

  • Annual subscription prices rise if you need more than one user or require cloud access.

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How to choose construction accounting software

In addition to your standard profit and loss statement and balance sheet, here are some other reports and features to look for:

  • Job costing: Job costing lets you assign expenses to each individual job. Without job costing, you have no way of knowing which jobs — or which types of jobs — are most profitable for your construction company.

  • Project management: Project management is more than just knowing what phase each job is in, even though that in itself is extremely important. Proper project management helps you appropriately allocate resources to the various jobs your construction company has going on at any given time. It also allows you to forecast your needs for projects in bid.

  • Budget and completion analysis: Budget and completion analysis lets you see how your construction projects are proceeding from a budget standpoint. In order to maximize your profitability on a job, you want to deliver it under budget and on time. Without this analysis in your construction accounting software program, you can be left guessing on whether or not this will happen.

  • Change order tracking: A construction project without change orders is rare. If you can’t track your change orders, you could easily leave money on the table or have to make costly changes to work that is improperly done.

Also consider whether you prefer an all-in-one product, like Sage 100 Contractor, or a more customizable but less specialized solution, like QuickBooks Online, that can integrate with hundreds of other apps.

A version of this article was first published on Fundera, a subsidiary of NerdWallet.

Last updated on November 1, 2022

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