Automate collecting the subcontractor payment applications.

Planyard streamlines the collecting and reviewing process of subcontractor payment applications, also known as progress claims or subcontractor valuations. Filling in the simple online payment application is easy for the subcontractors. It allows the project team to make work life easier by managing the process spreadsheets and data entry free.

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Screenshot of Planyard’s construction budgeting software showing a detailed budget table with categories, target budgets, revised budgets, committed costs, and variances.

Send the payment application template to the subcontractor via email

Project managers or site engineers can quickly request the payment application for any open subcontract order on Planyard. Select the corresponding subcontractor orders and click “Send payment application template.” Planyard automatically emails the payment application template to the subcontractor.

In addition, you can let subcontractors issue the payment applications at any time via the payment application submission link, which you may enter on your website or the subcontractor’s legal agreement.

Easy payment application submission for the subcontractors

The subcontractor receives a simple personal email from the project manager to submit the payment application with a big blue button saying, “Submit the payment application.”

The payment application template opens automatically on the browser screen with a click on the button. The subcontractors do not need to create accounts or log in anywhere; they do not need to be trained to submit the payment application.

The payment application web form provides a real-time overview of the subcontract order schedule of values, how much is previously committed, and how much remains in the contract.

The subcontractors can easily submit the month’s progress along with the new change orders and variations and easily deduct the prepayment.

Planyard does not allow the subcontractors to overcommit the contracted items, thus preventing overbilling.

The subcontractor submitting the payment application email letter
Payment application reviewing by the project managers and site engineers

Spreadsheets free payment application review process for the project team

The Planyard displays a simple red notification on the project menu indicating that a new subcontractor payment application has been submitted for review.

The project manager can immediately see the subcontractor-submitted change orders and variations with a click. You can decline or link them with the budget item, automatically updating the corresponding item’s committed costs in the project budget view.

Open the payment application, review the current month’s progress, and “Approve” or “Reject and change” the subcontractor payment application.

You can use the internal approval workflow to request that the site engineers, finance team, or your client review and approve the subcontractor payment application.

Once everything is correct, we click “Approve” and send an automatic confirmation message to the subcontractor. The whole process, including updating the budget and subcontractor order financial performance and managing the variations and change orders, is spreadsheets and duplicate data entry free.

Automatic payment application report

The subcontractor received another simple email confirming the month’s progress was approved. Planyard automatically calculated and created the attached PDF payment application report with automatic calculations.

The payment application PDF report states the current payment application total value, how much retention is booked, how much prepayment is settled, and how much needs to be invoiced.

There is another blue button in the emails where the subcontractor can load the purchase invoice so it gets automatically linked to the correct payment application and the subcontractor order, and we have less manual invoice sorting. You can also manually link the payment application to the order for the right subcontractor.

Payment application pdf report sample
Processing the purchase invoice for the subcontractor payment application

Processing the purchase invoice for the payment application

Once the project team logs on to Planyard, they see a simple red notification on top of the Costs tab indicating a new purchase invoice waiting for review.

One-click to open the invoice, and you will immediately see the invoice on the right side of the browser screen and the submitted payment application schedule of values and totals on the left side.

It’s easy to double-check that the invoice total matches the payment application totals. Once everything is correct, just hit approve.

Data entry free subcontractor billing and budget updating process

Once the project manager approves the invoice, Planyard processes it through the integration into accounting systems such as QuickBooks, Xero, Sage, MYOB, or email, which means there is no repetitive data entry work for the accounting team.

In addition, Planyard automatically updates the project budget and the subcontractor order and allows tracking of their financial performance, payment summary, all variations and change orders, how much retention is booked and released, and whether the prepayment is settled in real-time. The subcontractor order is interlinked with the bid request and all the invoices we have approved for the subcontract order. So, several transactions happen automatically, saving the project team’s time from manual repetitive reporting.

We can be sure that we stay within the budget, the subcontractors can not overbill us, it’s a whole digital process, and we saved quite a bit of time.

Planyard automatically updates the project budget once the payment application is submitted

Our customers about us

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Intra Interieur

“I wanted to escape the spreadsheets, escape the manual data entry, and look for ways to stay on top of the budget numbers. It’s challenging within a development company to keep on top of your numbers.

So I came across Planyard in a search to improve the budget management processes and, to make my own life easier.

Planyard does that, and it takes your project budget and puts it very clearly on screen for you so you have a live real-time picture of where your project budget is at any given point.”

Ian Holford

Manager, Higgihaus Developments

Bristol, UK

“I have been working on cloud accounting tools like Xero and QuickBooks which are excellent, but they don’t have a specific construction-based costing tool.

Construction companies rely on expensive quantity surveyors and project managers to do a lot of data input on packages such as Excel which takes them away from focusing on value-added activities and driving the profit growth.

When I came across Planyard, I was relieved that there was finally a solution to this problem. Quotes, subcontract orders, purchase orders, invoices, progress bills, etc are put on the system and it’s linked directly to the budget, CVRs, subcontractors, and the suppliers. This is making people’s lives a lot easier. Data is at hand, it’s automated and it gets everyone away from the out-dated requirement to fill out spreadsheets.”

Paul Howarth

ACMA & CGMA, Director, Live Management Accounts Ltd

Manchester, UK

“I would say that Planyard is a great way to easily and conveniently track your job costs in one place. It keeps track of all of the documents and the numbers in one place.

If there’s some problem with the budget, it just tells you what you need to fix and you’ll be fine. It really just kind of thinks a step ahead for you.”

Jordan Cohen

Partner, TITN Development

Florida, US

“We save four working days each month per project manager. The biggest efficiency booster came from getting rid of duplicate data entry.”

Marek Korbelainen

Head of Construction, Kaamos Group

Tallinn, Estonia

“We wanted to know before a project finished whether we were going to make a profit or not. Planyard has allowed us to do that. We can see exactly which jobs are profitable and which ones are not, so that we can make changes on the go.”

Tomy Saaron

Member Of The Board, Hausers

Tallinn, Estonia

Planyard contractor software helps ambitious teams smash their targets and accelerate their growth.

  • No more spreadsheets
  • Saves project managers’ and QSs’ time
  • Easy to implement and use
  • Real-time and accurate financial forecasts
  • No more duplicate data entry