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Old 08-03-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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Hey guys!
Just wondering how much time it takes you to get a bid to the HO after first meeting?

A few days or a week? Im busy with other things so is hard to just sit and work on estimates. All the options and breakdowns they want take time.

I usualy tell people it will take a few days to work it up. I hate to give them a firm date and then miss it.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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You are not telling the truth. I heard it was less than 1 day. I heard that you sit in your truck and walk back up to the house with a bid.
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But seriously. Depends on the scope. Anywhere from on the spot to a week. I still need to call Matt and get the scoop on his system.
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I will get most estimates/proposals back to the client in 1 week. I almost always keep that schedule because I don't like to estimates sitting around or they pile up and I can get overwhelmed.

I am working on one right now that is a pretty large project with a full set of plans. I will take 2 weeks, but I already have the material takeoff done and I have only had the plans for 3 days.

I also think it says a lot about us that we are prompt, I give written estimates with full scopes, and I do what I say by having it back to them in the allotted time.
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I know that Ron (RSElectric) does it in a day and is pretty persistent.
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Most proposal can be figured out and delivered o back the spot. Spending a week on an unpaid proposal is insane. I know personally when Im getting prices I usually make my decision before half my bids come in. The guys who can and will do a good job know how much they want to do it.
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Most proposal can be figured out and delivered o back the spot. Spending a week on an unpaid proposal is insane. I know personally when Im getting prices I usually make my decision before half my bids come in. The guys who can and will do a good job know how much they want to do it.
That's why my estimates are done on site and do not cover detail. My bids or proposals are done in a week.
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Bid, proposal, contract, blah, blah, scope of work, payment terms, DOWN PAYMENT, schedule
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Bid, proposal, contract, blah, blah, scope of work, payment terms, DOWN PAYMENT, schedule
Blah blah? Hack!
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You guys are noobs. Just look at the other guys proposals and say you can do it cheaper. It def works well as that's what all the guys around here do that have work. I keep doing me own proposals and don't get any work so there method works
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You guys are noobs. Just look at the other guys proposals and say you can do it cheaper. It def works well as that's what all the guys around here do that have work. I keep doing me own proposals and don't get any work so there method works
I can double most bids and still sell the job. Sizzle baby sizzle
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I know that Ron (RSElectric) does it in a day and is pretty persistent.
Subs have it easy! Most I work with can just look at it and know.

Being a general we get so much crazy stuff thrown at us.
Sometimes you go look at a good job and then they throw you a curve with some mickey mouse thing they want you to figure out and build and give me 3 prices, this way, that way, and oh what if I paint? etc.
You end up wasting a bunch of time, or over bidding out of fear of losing money.

1 Time when I worked for this other company we had this nice simple remodel for two ladies and in the bid they wanted a cat door through the exterior wall. Seems simple enough, $100.00 we ended up doing it 3 times because she was not happy with it. Too high, too something. Its those little things that ruin a good job.
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I can double most bids and still sell the job. Sizzle baby sizzle
You got people with more sense than we got then. Even my suppliers are amazed at how busy the hacks are currently. One supplier told me the other day that all they bitch about is they ain't made no money on the job so can they get a discount on the material they already bought! I would rather sit at home me kid and wife and make no money than goto work and make no money. I can't even pull my truck upto the house and knock on the door for the money a lot of these guys around here are charging. When you got 5 low ball bids against yours and yours is 3x the cost and your just making a living the customer looks at that one high bid and puts it straight in the trash. I even had one customer call me and tell me they thought my proposal was too flash! Most company's around here right their proposal on back of old receipts. Crazy thing is there's guys 3x my costs pricing some of the jobs I price. Some will do the job for $1000 I'm at $3000 and some are at $6000. These $6000 guys also give proposals on old left other paper work
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most proposals within a few days. more complex stuff within a week. cant let it drag out after that. customer no likey likey.
they'll get 12 hack proposals by then
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Hey guys!
Just wondering how much time it takes you to get a bid to the HO after first meeting?

A few days or a week? Im busy with other things so is hard to just sit and work on estimates. All the options and breakdowns they want take time.

I usualy tell people it will take a few days to work it up. I hate to give them a firm date and then miss it.
Depends on if you're a generalist or specialist. For bathrooms, I have an excel program where I can work up a price in 7 minutes (with or without materials) on the spot because that is when the estimate is "free"
It lists all general materials: studs, DW, caulk, fastners, mortar etc...
Also: drains, waterproofing etc..
Detailed products like: prefab granite tops, shower doors, I can build a toilet, faucets, Swanstone kits, tubs etc...

I go down the list and check quantities and it automatically adds up w/sales tax. Then I enter in additional columns for fuel, labor (daily/weekly), trash, additional expense items and so forth. For kitchens and other jobs I am able to figure up labor and general materials figures quickly but I prefer to wait on those until all cabinets and products are picked out if I'm supplying.

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