Favorite Features: Selections and Daily Logs
When he began working with Buildertrend, Severin’s primary goal was to replace his master list. “Working in a spreadsheet took a ton of time,” he said. “I spent a lot of time highlighting and updating versions.” The Selections feature replaced all of that. Now, their selection approvals are online and there’s no need to worry if customers are looking at the most recent version.
Each year, Oliver Builders integrates more Buildertrend features into their routine, and each one improves their ability to communicate more efficiently and effectively with their customers and staff.
The features Oliver Builders have mastered, such as Daily Logs, Selections, and the Calendar makes it possible for them to be more effective and more transparent with their customers. “My customers can come home at nine o’clock at night and the project information is updated and accurate in real time,” said Severin. His customers feel connected at all times which builds the trust Oliver Builders depends on.
Severin now relies on Daily Logs stay on top of the multiple projects his company has in motion at one time. His project managers document notes on-site, and Severin can get up to speed whenever and wherever he is.
Software Brings Real Information in Real Time
Oliver Builders works predominantly on high-end residential projects for tech-savvy customers who don’t have a lot of time to spare. Buildertrend has helped Severin and his team keep up by providing real-time information for their customers to access at their own convenience.
The latest Buildertrend tool Severin and his team have mastered is the Videos feature. It served them well on a recent project with a customer who lives out of town and expects to stay informed on a daily basis. In the past, the project manager would upload photos from the site along with an updated Daily Log. “We found that in certain situations, the photos just didn’t give enough information,” said Severin. “So, we started using our phones to create 30-second videos to show and explain what’s happening on site.”
They save the videos, upload them and then notify the homeowner so they can watch the videos at their leisure. “They love it,” Severin said. The videos have been a better option than photos for specific tasks, like closing up walls. This feature has allowed Severin and his team to be even more transparent with their customers, and the results have been extremely positive.