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5 tips for choosing the right construction app

5 tips for choosing the right construction app

Using the right construction app can make daily tasks easier, from planning to completion.

Evolving your tried and tested processes to include a new app is a huge decision, one that could significantly cost you in terms of time and money. At the same time, if it works, you can see efficiencies and savings impossible to achieve without it.

To help reduce some of the uncertainty about new apps, the following are ways to evaluate different construction app options.

1: Positive reviews

Check the ratings and reviews in Apple’s App Store or Google play. Are others who have downloaded the app saying positive things or is this technology causing extra stress?

2: Free trials

Find out if the app you are considering offers a free trial. If so, use it to test the tool in real-life situations and to see if it is truly a fit for your needs.

3: Peer recommendations

Ask your trusted peers if they have tried the app or at least heard anything about it. If someone in the same industry finds it is helpful and easy to use, it could be a good investment for your team, as well.

4: Expert lists

Check notable and trusted publications for lists of relevant technologies and apps. Is the app you’re considering included in the list? If not, are there alternatives that make sense to consider instead? These lists typically also include product descriptions and ratings, so reference them to ensure the tech is a fit and can be trusted.

5: Customer support

If something goes wrong, where do you turn? Check on the app’s website for a live chat option, help center or easy to find customer support phone number. Also, when reading reviews, look for comments on how fast and helpful customer support is.

What would you recommend people look for when evaluating construction apps? Comment below with suggestions you would recommend.

About the author: Rebeca Ayala has spent 11 years as a project manager in the construction industry, working on projects that included Civil Infrastructure, Commercial, Education, and Healthcare. She loves construction. Rebeca works with the Product Team to help make sure that we stay focused in creating solutions for real-world problems in the industry.