?Home builders and project managers have always had to deal with budgeting and financial analysis. These processes have been known to be prone to errors and miscalculations, which can be very detrimental to the success of a build. For this reason, industry giant Sage developed Timberline Office. This software suite is a comprehensive collection of solutions that can benefit construction experts from residential home builders to real estate developers and managers. Sage has been helping the construction business for years, and its acquisition of Timberline only bolstered its ability to do so. Sage acquired the Timberline franchise in 2003, and has since been providing financial and operations management solutions to a variety of contractors -- commercial, industrial, electrical, mechanical, specialty and service alike. The suite consists of various construction accounting, estimating, and project management modules, which are organized into several different suites. Sage timberline office has an accounting suite that includes regular accounting features, allowing users to manage accounts payable/receivable, job costing, payroll, and billing, in addition to equipment cost, contracts, financial statements, and a general ledger. Its procurement arm allows users to create purchase orders, receipts, and track change orders following the estimating process. The Sage timberline estimating module comes with information about thousands of industry items, and also allows users to add their own items and formulas. It can be easily integrated with database modules, allowing for a digitizer add-on to be incorporated. Modeling estimating makes it possible to see what various changes to a plan would cost. The production management module helps contractors manage purchase orders and communicate with other team members, while the project management module has features that aid contractors in managing change orders, subcontracts and purchase orders. Sage timberline also includes a property management module which provides developers and property owners or managers with the appropriate tools to manage many aspects of leases, such as interest on deposits, billing, lease options, overage rents, lease information, and credits. This module also comes with specific accounting features designed to property management, a billing module, and property management reports. The reporting module includes features such as an address book along with a report designer and a module to initiate tasks.
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