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Evans Coghill Homes

BUILDER magazine asks Alan Banks, Owner and CMO of Evans Coghill Homes in South Carolina, how and why they chose BuildTopia to manage their homebuilding operations.

Selecting the right construction management software is a crucial but often overlooked step in the home building business. Builders often end up patching together a variety of systems to handle everything from payroll and accounting to scheduling and sales. This ends up creating extra work instead of helping the business to run smoothly.

“Now that the market is improving, we were looking to wrap [our software and processes] up in an end-to-end solution” says Alan.

Q: What should builders keep in mind when setting out to evaluate their software?

A: First off, determine why you want a change. Is it for higher profits, improved customer service, to cut down on administrative costs, or enhance staff communication? Whatever your reason, realize that there is no magic bullet–unless you are willing to write your own software, you have to fit your company’s operational needs into the parameters set by the software company.

Find the right solution by coming up with your list of non-negotiable “must-haves” and shop for those. Don’t get lost in promises that aren’t important to you or your brand. In other words, if online selections are not important to you, then don’t buy a solution because it has that feature and you believe you might use it.

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…are Constellation customers!

It is no accident that Hanley Wood selected two Constellation customers as America’s Best Builders of 2013. DSLD Homes and Couture Homes are the two best builders in the country, and both use Constellation systems to manage operations and costs – systems that we develop and improve based on direct feedback from our customers.

Couture Homes sets the tone for its rich clients through its Designer Collection, which draws inspiration – and marketing partnerships – by linking with top brands like Valcucine, Ferragamo, Armani, and Lamborghini. Couture uses HomeDev Pro to ensure that each home is generating the expected profit.

“Our competitors think we’re building at cost and don’t make any money. We want them to keep on thinking that.” – Gary Hartaugh, co-principal, Couture Homes

Standardization drives profits and growth for DSLD Homes. DSLD, using NEWSTAR Enterprise, implemented best practices across the business functions that drive profit and growth. Tracking these practices on a house-by-house basis with daily reports on variances ensures that deviations from the plan are profitable – and this is exactly what NEWSTAR is designed to do.

“If someone tells you they have this business figured out, they’re lying.” – Saun Sullivan, CEO, DSLD

It sounds to us like DSLD and Couture are pretty close.

Read the full article in the March 2013 edition of Builder Magazine.

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