Look behind any highly successful construction contracting business and you’ll likely find a business manager who not only thoroughly understands the bid construction process, but is regularly responding to bid solicitations and requests for proposals, and is regularly winning projects. Even the most highly experienced and skilled contracting team is going nowhere if they can’t bring in new projects and revenue.

The construction bidding process can be time-consuming and expensive but if done correctly, it can help stimulate any business not only by increasing profits but by strengthening its professional network of construction managers and other general contractors. In short, done well, the bidding process will ultimately lead to new future growth, one way or the other.

In this article, we’re going to provide a general overview of the construction bidding process here in the United States. We’ll look at bids versus estimates, the tender process and project delivery models, and then we’ll lay out several recommendations on submitting a winning construction bid. Next we’ll explore cost recovery and the general conditions, and we’ll walk you through calculating your mark-up and profit margins. Finally, we’ll provide some recommendations of things to do and things to definitely not do, and we’ll close off with what to do if you make a major mistake. Let’s get started!

What exactly is a Construction Bid?

Put simply, a construction bid is a proposal showing potential clients that your company has what it takes to get the job done. Based on project drawings, specifications, and material quantity takeoffs, your bid defines exactly how you will go about completing the project and the amount of money you’re willing to accept for doing it.

Often, several such proposals will be made at the same time by various competing companies of similar stature and type, and the price is generally the defining factor in whether or not a company is awarded the project. This is especially so for contracts sponsored by government agencies, where the project owner is often required by law to choose the lowest bid.

On private projects meanwhile, while price is still a factor, proposals are generally more focused on other elements such as qualifications and experience.

Is a Construction Bid an Estimate?

While often used interchangeably, bid and estimate are not completely synonymous and it’s important to understand the difference.

An estimate is a highly informed and experience-educated assessment of the specific spend required for materials, equipment, and labor for each of the various construction elements based on the material quantity takeoffs, detailed specifications, and architectural and construction build plans. Estimates are just one element used in construction bidding to define a bid.

A bid on the other hand is a final cost proposal based on a series of estimates of all the related project costs, from labor and materials to soft costs such as office and overhead plus the profit margin. The bid is the final price offered for a project. The preparation of a good bid requires substantial time and effort that entails reviewing everything to do with a project and producing a proposal that is as close to accurate as possible. Even the slightest error in a preliminary calculation can spell the difference between winning a project or not, or worse, winning and failing.

The Basic Construction Tender Process

    check mark1. Initially, the owner (individual or agency) will put together the design and specifications for the project, sometimes in partnership with a construction manager and/or architect.
    check mark2. Next, the owner will submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) aka a Request to Tender (RTT). This is a request for contractors to provide proposals to take on the project. At this step, the owner generally provides each contractor a set of documents that include drawings, specifications and project scope guidelines.
    check mark3. Next, depending on the Method of Delivery (coming up) the contractors will begin constructing their bid proposals which may or may not include submitting an RFP to subcontractors to bid on individual parcels of the larger project.
    check mark4. Next, the contractors will submit their bids to the owner for consideration.
    check mark5. Now the selection process will ensue and a winner will be chosen.
    check mark6. Finally, a contract will be formalized between the owner and the contractor and once signed, construction will begin.

Types Of Construction Bid Delivery Model

A major consideration that has enormous implications for any project is the Delivery Model. Also referred to as the Project Delivery Method, it is a system employed by an agency or project owner to establish a legal agreement with various parties to organize and finance the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a building project.

Each of the different delivery models is intended to support owners in ensuring new construction occurs along the given timeline, within budget, and according to the latest quality standards, however each represents different levels of risk and responsibility for each of the key players involved

There are several different delivery models currently in use, each with its own set of variables. Here are the most common:

Design Award Build (DAB) aka Lump Sum

This is the most common method employed in public-sector projects. An owner works with an Engineer and an Architect to produce contract documents based on blueprints and detailed specifications. They then solicit bids from responsible contractors and award the one with the lowest bid. In this model, the bid covers the entire project cost including the GCs and subcontractors costs, overhead, and profit.

The benefit of DAB is that it simplifies implementation by giving the owner control of both design and construction. On the other hand, the owner takes on great risk for overall project management difficulties and design flaws. Before considering DAB as a delivery model, owners should have significant experience in construction execution.

Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)

In this model, the owner hires a Construction Management agency to give them a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) which includes the CM's fee and contingencies, in addition to the costs of pre-construction and actual construction services. The GMP gives the owner assurances on where they’ll be at the end of the day, but since the CM is typically brought on early in the process when documents are still at the SD or DD level, this leaves them with risk on issues that the architect may not yet have covered.

Often, the CM participates in architect selection and then works hand in hand on the design process, ultimately transitioning into the general contractor role, bringing on board the subcontractors to get the work done. Because the GMP was set before the design was complete, it’s possible that subcontractor bids will come in at a higher rate, and if they do, the CM agency will have to bear the burden. On the other hand, in the event actual construction costs come in under the GMP, it’s common for the owner to share the difference with the CM. Generally speaking, the CMAR model is well-known for reducing costs.

Benefits of this model include enhanced project management and cost control, and reduced risk overall. Since the owner, architect, and CM are together during the design phase, they can ensure the project stays within budget and they can speed up the project by initiating construction as soon as initial elements have been designed.

Agency Construction Manager

In this case, the construction manager administers the management process but doesn't necessarily manage the contracts themselves. This is very common with municipalities where the owner holds the prime contract and the CM administers the management and bidding processes.

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

Also referred to as Integrated Team, this model was conceived on the same lines as the lean construction philosophy, and is intended to improve project efficiencies and reduce delivery waste. It does this by involving all stakeholders in project management, distributing risk evenly. In IPD, the owner, architect, and general contractor collaborate closely from the start, sharing accountability for all elements of the project. However, this model is well known for extending the overall length of a build.

Design-Build (aka Design Construct)

Similar to CMAR except that the architect now works directly for the contractor. This model works very well for fast-paced projects where you need to get in the ground before all the documents have been completed. DB is a good way to minimize cost risk for contractors while maintaining a level of reliability for owners. One of the major benefits of this model is that it inherently increases collaboration; while many project elements are farmed out, their management is the ultimate responsibility of the design-builder who works hand in hand with all participants. This promotes a better understanding across the board of project deliverables, leading to fewer change orders and disputes, better overall delivery, and finally, reduced cost.

On the flip side, this model can sometimes drive reduced quality when the owner pushes to reduce cost, and since the designer is no longer reporting directly to the owner, it’s not always clear where their priorities lay. Furthermore, design-builders take on significant cost risk given that construction documents are not yet complete and therefore, it is not possible to accurately estimate cost going in.

Building a Winning Bid

Once the Delivery Model has been established, and you have received the information package from the owner and completed your own on-site assessment, it is time to begin the crucial process of cost estimation.

Don’t Overlook the Front End

Often the first place contractors start in defining the skeleton of their estimate is with the plans, but in fact, that’s not necessarily a good idea. Instead, many contractors recommend opening a spreadsheet and beginning by laying out all the front end CSI codes from the specification book first for each of the elements to be constructed and/or installed. In plans, especially on larger projects, it can be easy to miss minor elements captured on single pages, whereas the specification book will have it all.

Indeed, some of the most common mistakes made at this step involve elements found in the first few pages of the spec book; minor things not found in the drawings that can really jack up the cost such as special waste removal requirements, or temporary office space for the Construction Manager and their team. Whether you’re a Subcontractor or a General Contractor, you need to take the time to read through the spec pages to uncover all the extra things you’re going to be accountable for on the project. Don’t forget to review the zero codes as well as these are the project general requirements.

Next, you’ll need to review the plans. Take the time to review not just your own, but those of the project in general. Also review the addendums to ensure your scope is fully laid out and defined. Share your plans and specs with the subcontractors and spend the time to ensure they are on the same page. The last thing you want is to have duplicated costs in your bid for tasks that will be taken care of by your subcontractor.

Pre-bid Meetings

It’s a good idea to attend all of the pre-bid meetings to be sure you’re capturing every little relevant detail. These sessions are a good opportunity to call out any issues that appeared vague upon your review of the spec book and plans. Doing so will have two major benefits. First, you’ll get your answers in a contractual addendum that gives you the power to price it up as part of the scope, and second, you won’t get caught out mid-build for not having factored in the cost. One such important element you’ll want to clarify is that of permits and just who is accountable for paying them. As an example, tap-in permits for water and sewer access can run as high as a hundred thousand dollars for a major project and in some municipalities, the bill is the contractor’s to foot.

Bill of Quantities

Accurate bidding requires painstaking analysis of plans and specifications. The higher the detail and quality of the information you use to prepare, the more accurate your bid will be. The first step in this process is the Bill of Quantities (BoQ).

The BoQ is an itemized list of all the materials and work needed to complete the project. You can create one in four steps:

    check mark1. Taking Off Quantities: This first step involves setting dimensions for and measuring out all construction elements, listing each item in succession. Depending on the project complexity this workload may or may not require the help of a quantity surveyor. A good surveyor will work off the New Rules of Measurement which ensures that dimensionality is consistent and accurate.
    check mark2. Squaring: This step defines the overall material volume and area, a factor of multiplying the measurements in step 1 by the number of times the element will be constructed. In this way we can accurately ascertain the amount of material and labor required for each part of the project.
    check mark3. Abstracting: Next, each of the squared dimensions are grouped together depending on type and location and totalled up taking note of blank areas such as openings and shafts.
    check mark4. Billing: Finally, each of the various elements are listed out with a description and quantity of the materials and work needed, together with unit price and grand totals, and ordered according to stage. This final product is the Bill of Quantities.

The General Conditions

Once you’ve compiled the BoQ which lays out the direct costs of construction, you will need to consider the General Conditions. Also referred to as back page cost or soft cost, these are the secondary costs of construction which include site management, material handling, and project management, and can vary depending on the delivery method. For example, in the case of a CM type job, it’s likely the owner will hold on to the money to cover the additional costs, but if you’re doing an Agency CM, then the GC is the owner’s representative and it will be up to him/her to monitor and cover all these costs. The same holds true for DAB, where the contractor is fully accountable for any extra costs.

To define the General Conditions costs, you need to build out a schedule and site logistics plan. The schedule will give you a better understanding of the project run time which can help define the potential cost of long-run expenses, such as in the example of office space for the Construction Manager. In the case that your delivery method is lump sum, a shortened run time can help you chop some dollars off your bid.

Some typical costs included in General Conditions include:

    check markOffice expenses including rent, furniture, and electronics
    check markJobsite office (including hookups and security)
    check markCommunications
    check markOffice staff
    check markSite cleanup and waste removal
    check markUtilities
    check markPermits and licenses
    check markSanitation facilities and water supply
    check markSite facilities (fences, access, signage)
    check markSafety and security
    check markWeather protection and heating
    check markFall protection (nets, barriers)
    check markTravel to and from job sites (vehicles, etc.)
    check markPeople (costs for PM, CM, etc.)
    check markInsurance and bonds (liability, indemnity, builder’s risk, etc.)

Nuances to Keep in Mind

There are also a number of nuances specific to construction that need to be considered when thinking of soft costs:

    check markMaterial Delivery: Cost can increase depending on job site location (a downtown build will have longer delivery times due to traffic and vehicle restrictions).
    check markLifting: If materials need to be elevated, the cost will increase for crane equipment or a bucket hoist and operators. If internal elevators are to be used, elevator size needs to be considered in relation to materials size.
    check markScheduling: It’s common that multiple trades have work to do in the same areas’ without insight into other teams’ schedules, there will be conflicts.
    check markBid Schedule: Once you’ve defined how many hours of labor a specific element requires, you need to consider how to fit it within the time constraints of the bid schedule and whether doing so will require a larger team or overtime to be paid out.
    check markSite Limitations: You need to keep in mind how your crew will get to the job site each day. Is there parking available? If the job is outside city limits, will you need to cover the cost of a shuttle? Have you factored in the extra transit time to the bid schedule?
    check markJob Specific Needs: Many jobs may have specific requirements that go outside normal expectations. For example, a hospital may require workers to have ID badges; a need that could require each worker to spend an hour taking care of, and with a large crew, that can lead to plenty of lost hours that would not be in your bid.

Hidden Costs

In addition to the BoQ and General Conditions, every estimate should include home office cost recovery, general business cost recovery, and of course, the profit margin. But there are also a number of hiding costs that cannot be overlooked:

What exactly is the cost of materials? If you need a truckload of drywall for a job that costs $5000, you also need to consider the cost to deliver, unload, unpack, and get the materials to the floor where you need them. Additionally, you need to consider what to do with discarded packaging - have you ordered a dumpster? There is much more to consider than just unit price.

And just what exactly is the cost of labor? A common error new estimators make is factoring in only the prevailing hourly rate but in fact, labor burden is much more than that. You also need to consider fringe benefits such as health insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, pension, retirement savings plans, vacation and time off allotments, and of course payroll taxes. In addition, you need to consider the cost of worker liability insurance. In some cases, the true hourly cost of one worker can be as high as 50% over their base rate.

Home office costs are everything that goes into managing the business on a day to day basis. This includes administrative staff and management positions like the project manager and executives, and support staff. In addition, it includes daily business costs like phone and computer systems to manage calls and emails, public utilities for the office area, and rent.

General business costs are all those that are required to run the company, not connected to any single project. These include the costs of managing the permanent fleet of vehicles and equipment, fuel, obtaining registrations and licenses, maintaining the legal and accounting teams, marketing, taking out all sorts of insurance policies, and finally, covering company taxes. Also included here are projected capital costs (if funds are being borrowed to complete the project), along with any bonding premiums, All of these must be included in the bid. Often companies will factor home office and general business costs as a percentage of a project amount, tacking it on top.

Determining Your Profit Margins

The last item to include in your costs estimate is the amount of money you hope to take home once the project has completed. It’s a tough decision for most people, especially those new in the business. Especially at the beginning, there is a strong urge to keep the bid as low as possible to ensure you win the contract, but that can be extremely counter-productive.

The first step in defining your margin is to determine the industry average. CSIMarket.com is a good source for up to date metrics on the industry. Accordingly, from the end of the fourth quarter of 2020 to the middle of 2021, the commercial industry has risen 4.2% to 21.8%. On the other hand, rates for residential services can land anywhere from single digits to as high as 40%. Regionality is also key as both materials and labor rates can fluctuate greatly.

Mark-up versus Margin

Some contractors set their profit margin with the “10 and 10” method, including 10% for overhead and 10% for profit, while others simply tack on an extra third. Others just “guestimate” and accept the inherent risk. How you decide to calculate it is up to you but there are two elements you need to understand clearly; margin and mark-up. According to industry expert George Hedley, most contractors don’t know the difference between the two or how much to include in their bids to ensure they break even or better yet, turn a profit.

Mark-up is the % of money that is added to your direct job costs to cover both overhead and profit. Your Margin on the other hand is the percent difference between direct costs and your sales price, divided by the sales price. It’s quite confusing. Let’s take a moment and look at the difference using an example:

If you’re bidding on a job that has a direct cost of $1000 and that represents 77% of your sales, and you add a 30% mark-up ($300), your margin will be 23%. Your final sales price will be $1300, but that doesn’t mean you’re making 30% extra - your margin is only 23%. The difference, (7%) goes towards your overhead. If you wanted to take home 30%, you would have to mark-up your costs by 42.8%

To calculate your margin to hit the profit and overhead you want, we need to define the Job Sales Price and factor in the Margin Conversion Rate (MCR). The Job Sales Price is obtained by dividing your direct job costs by the MCR. The MCR is 1.0 minus the margin percentage.

So using the example above, to define the amount we must charge to obtain a 30% margin, we must first define the MCR and then divide direct job costs by the MCR amount.

1. MCR = (1.0 - Margin%) = (1.0 - .30) = .70

2. Job Sales Price = Direct Job Costs / MCR = $1,000 / .70 = $1,428

So in summary, if the job has a direct cost of $1,000, you will need to charge $1,428 to obtain a 30% margin. It’s extremely important to understand this concept along with several others. If finance isn’t your thing, you might consider enrolling in an online construction accounting course or at the very least, recruiting someone who can help guide you along. It’s extremely easy to make a mistake and end up losing money in the end.

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Eight Steps to Success

Here are eight steps you can take to ensure your bid has a great shot at winning.

    check mark1. Register Your Intent: Inform the purchasing agency of your intention to bid on the project. This will ensure you receive any crucial information pertaining to the competition.
    check mark2. Attend All Briefings: Attend the bid briefing sessions. Not only are they an excellent forum for asking pertinent questions, but they will give you visibility in front of a wide audience of other contractors and subcontractors. Also, in the case of public projects, government representatives often give out all sorts of informational materials at these sessions that are not available elsewhere.
    check mark3. Define Agency Needs: Every purchasing agency has different expectations and requirements. Spend the time upfront to review past bids that have won to assess what works and what doesn’t. If necessary, reach out to the agency’s bid coordinator to get details. What are they looking for and what can you do to meet their needs?
    check mark4. Strategize Your Response: Ask yourself these questions to ensure you have a handle on the project overall. First, what resources, both physical and financial will be needed to manage the contract? How will the workload be distributed? How much will bid preparation cost and how long will it take? Who is going to manage the bidding process and what steps are involved? Next, what information needs to be compiled? Also think about the other companies involved; who is the competition and what is their history with this agency? How likely is it that you’ll be awarded the project?
    check mark5. Market Yourself: Assuming pricing is equal, your bid itself will be the decisive factor in whether or not you are awarded the project. If you’re not a strong writer, it’s highly recommended you hire someone who is. Outline the basics of your proposal first, establishing the structure using headings and then fill in between. It’s a good idea to write a first draft and then go back and write it again, and again, until you are confident the bid is a clear representation of your intent. Be sure to follow any guidelines that are provided and use the learnings from each of the elements above. Above all, ensure that your proposal is directly aligned with both the evaluation criteria set forth in the bid request along with the precise needs of the project itself.
    check mark6. Add Credibility: Especially if you’re new to the game, agencies will want to know who they’re working with. Just like a job application, you’ll want to include a couple references who can attest to the quality of your work. Be sure to explain to each up front what you’re doing and ensure they know what is expected of them.
    check mark7. Check, Check and Check again: Many bids provide a checklist laying out their expectations and requirements - if not, create one yourself matching their needs and be sure you’ve double-checked everything. It’s also a good idea to have a second set of eyes review your bid before you submit it. Once it’s in, there’s no going back. If you’re bidding on a public project, there will likely be a bid submission process laid out - follow it to the T. On residential projects, many companies send their bid by email, but we recommend submitting in person. This gives you the opportunity to walk the client through the bid and answer any questions they may have on the spot.
    check mark8. Prepare your Presentation: Many purchasing agencies, especially on larger projects, require bidders to give a formal presentation explaining the key concepts of their bid proposal. If you’re not a good public speaker, you may want to hire someone to represent you in this process, or at the very least, get some instruction in presentation skills. More than anything, preparation is key; spend the time up front rehearsing your delivery. As you present, don’t stray - less is generally more. Cover the main elements of your proposal and then ask for questions. Afterwards, whether or not your bid is accepted, get some feedback from the selection committee. They’ll be happy to provide their thoughts and advice on how you can improve for the next time.

Things To Look Out For

Unfortunately the construction bidding process isn’t the simplest of things - there are many potential pitfalls that can catch you up and easily put your company into bankruptcy. Before even considering bidding on a job, make sure you are absolutely certain about your estimates, and your ability to see the project through to completion. One way you can mitigate some of the risk is by avoiding the errors of others.

Common Mistakes

To help you along that track, we’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes contractors make when bidding on a job:

    check markFailing to consider material contingencies: It’s common for contractors to submit bids on the assumption that materials will be available. Always double check with local suppliers for adequate stock. You should also establish the deadline for material pricing as costs can easily fluctuate.
    check markFailing to visit the site: It’s surprising how many people use Google Maps in lieu of physically inspecting the jobsite. It’s impossible to predict any number of unique site conditions that could drive up expenses and derail a job. You might learn that ground conditions don’t support heavy vehicles, or that the streets are in a residential zone and require work to be done after hours. It’s always best to have all the information at hand. Take the time to head down to the work location and get in the know.
    check markInaccurate Takeoffs: It’s essential that the measurements and takeoffs you use are accurate and are based directly on the construction documents provided. Be careful with document scale, especially if working off electronic drawings and be wary of measurements listed in the specifications. Inaccurate measurements can lead to a miscalculation in labor needs and materials quantities which in turn will drive either an over or underestimation of the construction costs both of which can negatively impact your bid.
    check markFailing to Get Clarification: Never make assumptions. Regardless of the topic, if having reviewed the specifications and documents you’re unsure of something, the onus is entirely on you to reach out for clarification from the architect or owner. It’s important to note that many projects have a process in place for questions and some even have a cut-off date after which you can no longer request info. If that date has passed and you’re not fully confident in the data you have, you should consider withdrawing from the process.
    check markIncorrectly Filling Forms: One of the easiest ways to get your bid rejected is to not follow the instructions laid out by the purchasing agency for bid submissions. Most agencies have a comprehensive bidding process laid out with expectations in place for special pre-qualifications, attendance at mandatory pre-bid meetings, filling specific forms, and meeting deadlines. Upfront, compile a checklist of everything they are asking for and use it to ensure you’re crossing your Ts and dotting your I’s. Even then, go back and make sure all the forms have been filled out completely. It’s also a good idea to have a second set of eyes check your proposal.
    check markMaking calculation errors: The most common errors in bidding revolve around arithmetic. Just one misplaced zero in squaring can have tragic consequences. Don’t do your calculations on paper; use a calculator or better still, software specifically formulated for construction bidding. As always, triple check your numbers and if possible, have a second set of eyes look them over.
    check markApplying the Wrong Labor Rates: An extremely common mistake new contractors make is calculating labor using the basic hourly rate. First off, wages vary substantially from county to county with different trades making vastly different sums. Some states have a basic minimum rate and others use prevailing wages which are an average of the rates paid on several projects in an area. 32 states have their own prevailing wages which can differ based on the type of construction - industrial, commercial, or residential. Federal projects as well use prevailing rates. Almost all prevailing wages (state and federal) set a base hourly rate and include a series of benefits that include pay for vacation, time off, meals, travel, etc. Additionally, prevailing wages have multipliers for overtime. Failure to pay out the correct rate, especially on public jobs, can lead to heavy consequences. Make sure to check the wage laws for the specific trades in the specific county where the construction will be taking place.
    check markIncorrectly Estimating Labor Costs: Let’s say you’ve already factored in the prevailing rates in your county; have you thought about worker productivity? Your ability to finish a task in an hour isn’t necessarily the same for someone less experienced. While many new contractors prefer to hire younger, less experienced workers who will accept less pay, they’re taking on risk of delays due to decreased productivity, rework, and increased absences, injuries, and turnover.
    check markFailing to Consider Equipment Needs: A very easy way to see your profit fall is by misjudging the equipment you’ll need to acquire to get the job done. Not only is there a direct expense for its rental or purchase, but you could also run into project delays if the equipment isn’t available. Don’t take for granted that equipment you already own is functioning well and available for use; double check first that it isn’t part of another job allocation and/or isn’t slated for maintenance or repairs. Additionally, make sure to factor in fuel and/or energy/operational needs of machinery as well as transport to and from the site.

Damage Control

Imagine this situation if you will; you found out about a new project happening in your area that perfectly matched your company's abilities so you poured two weeks of time into building the perfect bid. You met with the owner and the architect, you attended the pre-bid briefings, ran your takeoffs, got bids from subcontractors, met with suppliers to confirm pricing and stock availability and just overall put your heart into it. In the end, you submitted a bid with just a 10% profit margin, hoping to secure the contract as the lowest bidder, and guess what? You won!

But then you found out the second lowest bidder bid 40% higher than you and everyone else averaged 50% higher. Either everyone else is greedy (unlikely) or you made a serious mistake in calculation. What do you do? Can you back out of the competition? Are you going to be forced to go through with the build and eat the loss?

Surprisingly, this sort of thing happens more often than you might think but luckily, depending on the type of mistake, most agencies will allow you to back out without consequence. The key determiner is whether the error was clerical or due to poor judgement.

Clerical Errors

While each state and county has their own laws governing construction bidding, most will permit a contractor to back out of a bid if it can be proven that, a) a clerical error led to a mistake of fact that negatively impacted the bid, and the contractor alerted the agency as soon as they realized an error had been made. Typical clerical errors are mathematical typos or incorrect number transposition, or even misplacing a decimal.

Judgment Errors

Unfortunately, if you failed to grasp the full scope of the project, didn’t adequately plan for risks, didn’t properly assess the amount of materials or equipment needed, or didn’t do any other of a thousand things when creating your bid, there is no backing out once the bid deadline has passed. Or at the very least, there will be a stiff penalty. Often contractors who find themselves in this situation are forced to pay the difference between their bid and that of the next lowest builder. Depending on the size of the project, such a move can easily put you out of business.

Conclusion

Always submitting perfect bids is easier said than done but if you put a check system in place, a set of procedures that you can follow with every estimate, you’ll likely be much more successful. On top of that, get in the habit of reviewing the CSI codes and specifications up front, attending all the pre-bid meetings, doing site visits, and getting clarification wherever there’s doubt. Also be sure to add sufficient time in your schedule for unexpected situations, and above all, always get a second pair of eyes to check your work.

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