As you guys may or may not know Ive been in business almost 6 months, things have been going well with the exception of a string of lost deals due to low ballers.
Then there was yesterday. I went and bidded a job, entire ext. all cedar shake siding and trim. No doors windows to be painted. About 6K sq of siding, not to mention quite a bit of prep. I bid the job at $6500.00 plus matieials.
I took the qoute to the owners home and we commenced to discuss said contract. Guy used to be a head project manager for RJR tobacco. We hit it off real well, hell of a nice guy. Any ways he says this is quite a bit higher than I wanted to pay, but I do like the way youve presented yourself and you seem to be very upfront. So after chatting it up for a while he gets into how I determined the price.
I told him time to do job x hrly rate. He ask me my hrly rate....all this in a very man to man discussion you understand. I tell him....$40.00 per, he then ask about how many hours did you have figured for this job, 150 hrs I say.....all the while knowing this was NONE of his business...propritory info and all that.....but on and on I go. Now I bid this job VERY competetively and I know it. I go on to tell explain to him that whats covered in the contract I will do i.e. patching rotton wood columns, rotton wood frames etc.. very time consuming.
He ask what hours to I plan on being on site per day, again none of his business, but now it seems Im a puppet on a string
I tell him yes I will be here about 10 hours a day, but I may need to leave to give another qoute etc....but you will come right back right I mean youre not gonna be runnin around givin qoutes all day. Again none of his business..so long as Im done within the timeframe discussed, but again....I say yes, I will try to be here as many hrs per day as possible. So he tells me he is 99.8% certain Im the man :Thumbs:
Just got a call, he says Don, I cant believe it but Im going with someone else, ok I say, can I ask what the guys bid was.....he says he bid the job at 80 hrs and he's only gonna charge $20 per....huh? $1600 plus matierials??!!
Yup says he thats what his bid was, I thought I was gonna puke. Played me like a fiddle....but what the hell is with all these damn low ballers??!!
Well says I you have my card. If I get a call in two weeks sayin this guy has screwed this thing up, the damn price just went up $1500.00 Im sick of the low ball crap. But the lesson learned was worth its weight in gold.
This is my price, I believe it to be fair, and competetive. How I arrived at that price is none of your damned business. Have an outstanding day :evil: