View Full Version : Preparing a commercial bid-help!
08-19-2008, 11:58 AM
I am needing some advice on preparing a commercial bid. We are just getting into this commercial stuff and have never really done one of these. We are used to just a single page estimate. When we turned one in, we discovered we did not have near the information that they wanted. They showed us a complete binder that another company had turned in and gave us a second chance to complete it. Does anyone have any advice as to how and what content needs to be included or maybe have a sample of one you have done that I can look at? Need help fast! I would greatly appreciate someones help!:eek:
08-19-2008, 12:23 PM
Sometimes there is a formal bid request with forms including a bid form. Sometimes there is nothing said and you do whatever you feel is correct.
I would take the opportuity to talk to them now. Just because the other guys turned in a binder does not mean you have to. I'd start sellling right now by asking questions. Like if we make our bid look just like this do we have the job. Or if we can't put this together will we not get the job?
It could be they just need your bid to look like the others to tell the boss they got two bids, both about the same, and they'd go with the other guy. Finding out if that is the case is going to save you a lot of time.
I've sold chiller overhauls that required tha same kind of binder and then 1./2 million dollar jobs on a one page quote sheet you'd use for a compressor changeout.
They want your paper work for soemthing. Either they need another bid or your number is good and they need your bid cleaned up to award it to you. Try to find out which it is.
08-19-2008, 12:41 PM
Typically I use a basic word document that spells out scope of work, what is included, and what is not included. I very rarely do anything that could be considered a binder, unless we are talking about a design build type project and then that would include equipment and control submittals etc. As stated speak with them, and find out what they are looking for. Most of my bids are one or two pages for projcets that might approach up to a mill.
08-19-2008, 12:48 PM
Here is the crazy thing. This is only a 5 ton job for the railroad. Only 5 tons!! I mean I could not even imagine what they would want on a 5 ton. They wanted spec sheets for the metal ducts, units, everything I was going to use on the job. So I was just wondering if this was standard for the commercial business?
08-19-2008, 01:25 PM
The main thing is to talk to them not the paperwork. Maybe they want the other company to do the job at your price and they just need to prove to the other guys you included X and X. Try to get them to commit to giving you the job if you send them the paperwork.
08-19-2008, 01:35 PM
this a gov. bid.
08-19-2008, 02:02 PM
Has an engineer done the specs or is this design build?
08-19-2008, 02:08 PM
No it isn't a gov. bid. Yes a engineer has done the work on it. I am thinking that our numbers looked good like Pneuma said, because he took our "informal" bid with him to the meeting and he said we could fix it right after they meet. I guess he wanted to show them the numbers??? I don't know, I guess well see. We didn't have very long to prepare the proposal and did not have the spec book with any information in it. So I don't know how he expected us to do it like they wanted?
08-19-2008, 02:28 PM
What they are asking for is a process called "submittals". It is very common. Put together "cut sheets" on all your equipment and commonly used materials and parts into a "master binder". Then you will have them for the next time. Your submittal for the bid will then go to an engineer for approval where he will stamp them approved or rejected. Dont substitute without approval.
Be careful.. I have been in commercial construction for a long time and am still finding and learning every day. It is not for the timid
You should fill out your profile and apply for pro membership and post inquiries like this in the pro forum
08-19-2008, 02:48 PM
That is what I am working on. I think you have to have at least 30 posts or something.
08-19-2008, 04:12 PM
If you are getting into commercial installs ..be careful, like it was mentioned earlier it is not a game for nice people. It is cut throat!! Low margin work, if it is a plan and spec job..then you have an engineer to deal with, specs to read and bid from....cover your a**!
08-19-2008, 04:42 PM
Yea...I have noticed that it is EASY to miss something and loose your ass! It is just very hard to get your foot in the door with this commercial business, especially without a performance bond.
08-19-2008, 06:35 PM
You might not have time get it together but it sounds like the other guys turned in a brochure book. A copy from the manufacturer of the unit, the duct maker, the baker, candle stick maker, and asst. relatives. It saves the engineer from having to do it. If the paper weighs more than the unit, I tend to blow em' off.
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