Quick, accurate, interactive construction estimates + payment automation

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Our mission is to completely digitize construction sales + management

After Covid-19 the world will never be the same. CostCertified is leading the way with our no-contact sales platform and approach. Sales can be done with very little contact and is mostly consumer driven.

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Avoid innacurate estimates for any construction project

Currently, it is a frustrating and unresolved fact that most proposals and estimates for construction, renovation, or repair related projects and services are known for being inaccurate and vague in their overall details. Too often, clients are frequently left wondering whether they are being taken advantage of or whether they are working with a reliable general contractor and/or sub-contractors who is fulfilling the clientโ€™s expectations or not.

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Make quoting process faster with automatic calculation

Several problems exist with the current technologies and methods available for providing quotes or proposals for construction related projects and services. Such problems include the fact that accurate quoting and estimating of any construction work takes a long time and involves a great deal of manual calculations and tracking of these manual calculations.

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Flexible and easy to modify quotes in real-time

Accordingly, such quotes or estimates are prone to a great deal of human error. Further, the quotes or estimates that are provided by the proposal creator (e.g. usually the general contractor) to a client or other intended recipient are static and inflexible, meaning the estimate cannot be easily modified by the consumers or other party to reflect a quick change in real time.

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No contact-sales approach with minimal physical contact

Not to mention, most estimates require the contractor or sales person to show up in person in order to get the quote done. And the process of re-estimates and change orders is a very manual, tedious process as well.

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Better way to manage your money

Not only have we reinvented the way construction quotes are built & sent, weโ€™ve also created a better way for the consumer to finance their projects (if needed) and maintain visibility and control over their funds. Plus, the contractor can pay their subcontractors with a click of a button and not worry about matching POโ€™s with invoices.

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No more paper (POโ€™s, invoices, + cheques are gone)

Once a project is booked thereโ€™s generally a lot of admin work (paper) around tracking POโ€™s and invoices along with writing many cheques. This entire process is very tedious, costly and time consuming for the contractor and clients want more visibility and control over their money.

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Avoid innacurate estimates for any construction project

Currently, it is a frustrating and unresolved fact that most proposals and estimates for construction, renovation, or repair related projects and services are known for being inaccurate and vague in their overall details. Too often, clients are frequently left wondering whether they are being taken advantage of or whether they are working with a reliable general contractor and/or sub-contractors who is fulfilling the clientโ€™s expectations or not.

Flexible and easy to modify quotes in real-time

Accordingly, such quotes or estimates are prone to a great deal of human error. Further, the quotes or estimates that are provided by the proposal creator (e.g. usually the general contractor) to a client or other intended recipient are static and inflexible, meaning the estimate cannot be easily modified by the consumers or other party to reflect a quick change in real time.

Better way to manage your money

Not only have we reinvented the way construction quotes are built & sent, weโ€™ve also created a better way for the consumer to finance their projects (if needed) and maintain visibility and control over their funds. Plus, the contractor can pay their subcontractors with a click of a button and not worry about matching POโ€™s with invoices.

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Make quoting process faster with automatic calculation

Several problems exist with the current technologies and methods available for providing quotes or proposals for construction related projects and services. Such problems include the fact that accurate quoting and estimating of any construction work takes a long time and involves a great deal of manual calculations and tracking of these manual calculations.

No contact-sales approach with minimal physical contact

Not to mention, most estimates require the contractor or sales person to show up in person in order to get the quote done. And the process of re-estimates and change orders is a very manual, tedious process as well.

No more paper (POโ€™s, invoices, + cheques are gone)

Once a project is booked thereโ€™s generally a lot of admin work (paper) around tracking POโ€™s and invoices along with writing many cheques. This entire process is very tedious, costly and time consuming for the contractor and clients want more visibility and control over their money.

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Say good-bye to allowance pricing, provide real-time upgrades instead

Our patent-pending software is the only technology capable of providing a frictionless e-commerce experience in construction.

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83% of consumers choose to upgrade

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One simple, powerful platform, intuitive by design.

CostCertifiedโ„ข is the first of its kind eCommerce platform for construction. We have solved many of the glaring problems as outlined above and provided a solution that gives a much better experience for both contractor & consumer alike.

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Make more money

Reduce estimating time by 78% and more money

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Seamless process

Stop doing admin work, start being a contractor

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Payment guarantee

A trusted process for automatic finance and consumer transperancy

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Interactive Proposal

Real-time interactive proposals that your customers can use to upgrade, buy, change + track progress

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Quick glance of features

Every feature you need to run a contracting, renovating or home building company in one platform

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Highly accurate quotes

Provide highly accurate quotes without needing an estimator

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Costs + profit margins

Use it out of the box or customize your own line item costs & profit margins

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Save times with templates

Save time by using assemblies templates you build from common quotes

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Lowest transaction fee

Get paid from your customer with the lowest transaction fee found anywhere

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Pay vendors & subcontractors

Pay your vendors and subcontractors with the click of a button

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Benefits

CostCertifiedโ„ข technology is both beneficial for the end-user (customer) and the contractor. The customer can build their own quote using our patent-pending technology and the contractor can build & send a quote without any physical contact necessary.

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    No-contact salesยฎ approach (no physical contact necessary)
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    Build your own quote
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    Bid out your project to local contractors
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    Make selections without visiting any retail stores
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    Get an accurate price (not a rough estimate)
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    Gain more control & visibility over your money
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    Instant financing
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    Pay by credit card (additional fees apply)
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    No-contact salesยฎ approach (no physical contact necessary)
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    Add our โ€œbuild your own quoteโ€ widget to your website
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    Build & send highly accurate quotes in minutes
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    Know your profit
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    Provide a better experience for your customer
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    Win more jobs
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    Pay your subcontractors with a click of a button
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    No more wasting precious time on re-estimating & change orders
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    Make more money from upgrades

Choose the option that bests suits you

Whether you are a general contractor, subcontractor or a consumer we've got you covered! And the best part is it's free.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions related to CostCertifiedโ„ข

For residential contractors who find it time consuming & hard to build accurate, detailed construction quotes we provide a web platform that simplifies this process from ~2 hrs to less than 10 min. And we provide digital construction proposals that eliminate the need for allowance pricing so that the consumer can upgrade, downgrade or add optional items in real-time while seeing the difference in price.

Most software platforms us a license model where they charge for a monthly subscription. We are changing the entire approach to construction by providing one centralized platform for everyone to use for free. The way CostCertified makes money is by charging a nominal 0.7% transaction fee on all payments tracked through the platform. But keep in mind, you are saving an estimated 5-10% on admin fees.

IMPORTANT: We haven't launched the payment solution yet but you can still access & use the entire platform for FREE (including the estimating engine).

We called it โ€œH.A.R.T.โ€ because it truly is the heart of the system. We made something that is extremely complex in nature very easy to use and for the customer to understand. Thereโ€™s nothing quite like it. Honestly, you need to try it to appreciate it. And since it is free, why not give it shot? The H.A.R.T. quote engine approaches estimates in an entirely different way so that after setting up your initial assemblies, your estimates become a breeze.

CostCertified is a cost first platform.ย  Every single cost should be accounted allowing you to provide an accurate quote in minutes.

The general idea of the quote engine is that all costs should be broken down to a unit price.ย  Most contractors arenโ€™t used to this but generally speaking, every cost should be broken down this way no matter how custom or complex.

The reason for this is that once each cost is broken down into a unit price, to produce an accurate quote requires only adding in the dimensions of the room or area.ย  It is hard to fathom this is even possible but the following will help you understand how it works.

Each line item should have a unit cost associated with it.ย  For example, for tile floor you might have a unit cost of $15/sq ft for both material and installation.ย  CostCertified lets you select if it is subcontracted or not, choose the vendor, and then you can easily save that line item.

Assemblies are line items grouped together.ย  The magical and proprietary piece of CostCertifiedโ€™s quoting engine is the idea that assemblies can live in other assemblies and thereโ€™s no limit to this hierarchy of assemblies.ย  This allows the contractor total flexibility and can build the quote in such a way that makes sense to the consumer.

Letโ€™s pretend you specialize in renovating kitchens.ย  You might start with a parent assembly called, โ€œCustom Kitchenโ€ and inside this assembly you might have the following assemblies:

General Items Countertop Backsplash Cabinets Flooring Sink Wet Bar Appliances

Each one of these assemblies could have multiple assemblies within them as well.ย  The point is that you can group all your costs associated with something that makes sense to the consumer.ย  And you can save these assemblies to use later on in any other assembly.ย  Most contractors will add โ€œupgradesโ€ within assemblies or โ€œoptional itemsโ€.ย  So you might offer a standard type of tile within flooring but you can actually show multiple other options for your customer to upgrade with pictures and details. ย 

The concept of grouping items into assemblies and saving assemblies is very powerful.ย  For example, now that you have a โ€œWet Barโ€ assembly saved with all the associated costs broken down per unit, you could re-use that assembly when quoting a basement renovation if the consumer wants a wet bar.ย  And managing cost changes, updates items or assemblies wherever theyโ€™re found in any hierarchy so system wide changes instantly permeate.

Remember, the entire point of CostCertified is that once you are done setting up your line items grouped into assemblies, all that is required is adding in dimensions for your new project that you are quoting and in minutes you can have an accurate, interactive quote that your consumer will love.

If you happen to encounter something different when quoting a project, simply take time to add the unit costs and group it into an assembly that you save.ย  Next time you encounter something similar simply add that assembly to the new quote.ย  The more you use CostCertified the easier it gets for all future quoting, re-estimates, and change orders!

Setting up CostCertified properly for your contracting business will take upfront time and effort.ย  But, the payback will be huge!ย  Imagine being able to accurately quote new projects, no matter how complex, in minutes instead of hours.ย  Imagine your customer having the ability to upgrade or add optional items to your quote on the fly and see the price change in real-time.ย  Thereโ€™s nothing like it in the construction industry and if you put in a little bit of effort now the end result will be a game-changer for your business.

Yes, CostCertified is a cost-first approach to estimating. Youโ€™ll be able to track all your line items throughout the entire project related to actual costs and profit margins. The more you use CostCertified the more accureate your future estimates will become. You really need to start using it to appreciate it (I know we keep saying it, but there's nothing quite like it).

Interactive estimates are one of the best parts of CostCertified! Your customers will absolutely love them. The idea is that your estimates are actually "live" and your customers is given a link they click on to view the estimate. The estimate has all your costs baked in including optional items for upgrades. So your customer can literally play around with the estimate and see the price adjust in real-time. Say good-bye to boring, static estimates! Watch your conversions sky rocket and upgrades soar through the roof.

Once you input your costs into CostCertified broken down by a unit price and group them into meaningful assemblies, you are ready to send interactive proposals to your consumer with a click of a button!

Consumers today are used to buying goods and services in an e-commerce environment where they can interact and see the price in real-time.ย  Apart from CostCertified, all quotes are static and itโ€™s not possible to provide the consumer with the same rich e-commerce experience they are used to online.

Now, for the first time ever, CostCertified enables the contractor to send highly customizable proposals that allow the consumer to interact with in an online environment that they are used to.ย  They can upgrade or downgrade and add optional items all with a click of a button and see the difference of price in real-time.

The power of the e-commerce proposals comes from the quoting engine.ย  That is why it is so important to take time to setup your assemblies properly.ย  Because once this is done, you will hardly need to touch any proposal you send to a client again.ย  It is fully automated including all the upgrades and optional items.

The best part of the interactive proposal is that you have complete control to show what you want to your client.ย  You can choose to be very transparent and show all costs or you can choose to only show the items without costs.ย  You can have certain assemblies emphasized and certain ones hidden.ย  You have total control over the presentation!

Again, it might take a few hours setting up your proposal templates and making sure it is exactly how you want it but moving forward it will make your life a breeze and your customers will love it.ย  You will stand out from all your competition.ย  In fact, once your customerโ€™s experience a quote like this they will never want to go back to receiving a construction quote the old way.

By setting up CostCertified properly you will gain the following advantages:

  • Accurate quotes in minutes, simply enter the dimensions of the room

  • Interactive, e-commerce proposals sent on the fly unlike anything seen in the industry

  • Ability for consumer to upgrade or downgrade or choose optional items in real-time

  • Re-estimates can be done by the customer, no extra effort needed by the contractor Projects can be booked online

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By using CostCertifiedโ€™s platform properly you are guaranteed to save time, book more projects, and make more profit. ย 

This is a very good question and one we often hear. CostCertified appears so magical and simple that custom renovation companies and home builders assume that they could not use it for their quotes. However, CostCertified works in such a way that you can easily allow for as much customization as you want. In fact, the platform is built to really emphasize to the customer all the possible customizations they can do. The more "optional" items you add to your assemblies the easier it is for your customer to customize every detail of the project.

Traditionally, payments are made to the General Contractor and then the GC has to manage all payments to the trades. It can get very admin heavy and waste the General Contractorโ€™s time. With CostCertified the payments are held in Escrow and released as the trades complete their jobs. The GC still makes their commission and gets to manage everything in one system with a click of a button. Imagine how much time and money youโ€™ll save by managing everything through one platform. Plus, you wonโ€™t every get in a predicament where you end up using money from one project to fund the last project.

IMPORTANT: We haven't launched the payment solution yet but you can still use the rest of the platform for FREE until it is ready.

Yes of course! Nothing really changes except your life gets way easier and youโ€™ll be less stressed. Plus, you will make more money by increased bookings and profit margin.

You get to decide how transparent you want to be with your profit margins. The idea is the customer is agreeing to a price and wants assurance that the job will be done right and on time. So the platform gives the customer reassurance that their money is protected and that the trades are doing their job. However, you donโ€™t need to show the customer your profit margins. The interactive estimate/proposal is so flexible that you can decide exactly how it looks for your customer... you're in total control.

Nope. No catch. It's free for anyone to use and there's nothing quite like it.

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