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Hey so I'm pretty new to bidding. and i just don't know if im bidding jobs way to high or low. i have bid a couple of jobs high in the last couple of month and lost out on them. I live in western WA fyi.

This is what I charge

Interior Door Fully trimmed out: $120

Baseboard Trim: $1.25 per foot

Cabinets: $1,000
Island cabinets: $300

Crown Molding $2 per foot

also can i put in my bid "Travel" if I am traveling more than 100 miles?

What do you guys think? am I to high or low? i just don't have a lot of people to ask for references.
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You must know your numbers.

Do you know your overhead?

Maybe you are bidding in the septic tank.

Loook for the high end jobs.

You cant bid against brown trout fisherman and win,...
 

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You must know your numbers.

Do you know your overhead?

Maybe you are bidding in the septic tank.

Loook for the high end jobs.

You cant bid against brown trout fisherman and win,...
Griz, sorry but what do you mean by most of that?
 

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Meaning only you know what you need to make to stay in business and make a decent living.

For you to charge what I'm charging you'd need to have the same bills I have.

So how I charge is completely irrelevant to what you charge.


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Labor + Materials + Overhead + Profit + Pita= cost.

Overhead, operating costs can eat you alive if yoi do not know them and allow for them.

Low end bids/clients will suck you dry...
 

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Meaning only you know what you need to make to stay in business and make a decent living.

For you to charge what I'm charging you'd need to have the same bills I have.

So how I charge is completely irrelevant to what you charge.


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thanks Mike you saying that makes a lot of sense. I'm just trying to be competitive.
do you think adding travel on my bid is petty?
 

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I don't have set prices, linear ft. or square ft. pricing on anything so if I wanted to add for travel expenses I just figure it into my estimate. I don't itemize either.
 

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I never show indirect costs to the customer. That gets automatically tacked into the full price.

Customers don't like to see those costs on their contracts.

With that said, it might be better to adjust your bidding price to reflect travel time. This does not need to be a line item on the contract no more than vehicle maintenance, insurance, etc.

It's probably not a good idea to have a price set in stone, (as in advertising) due to the many different variables that pop up on every job.


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Just give a lump sum bid.

Quit breaking stuff out.
 

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Gives them an arguing point against other bids...

Go lump sum, save yuy grief
 

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Gives them an arguing point against other bids...

Go lump sum, save yuy grief
ok i'll start doing that. is their a certain program or app you use for bid & invoices? or is my Microsoft word ok?
 

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Never used an app.

Old dog new tricks thing.

Just make a detailed sow and your $$$
 

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It's okay to break down your bid reflecting what you are charging them as it pertains to their home but not as it pertains to your bills or expenses.


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