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    Outside Estimator

    Hi Guys,

    Curious if anyone has used an outside estimator to help bid jobs. We have a decent amount of projects that come in with request for bids. Would love to outsource some of the bid work. We could then review the bid and make changes based on experience. If so any suggestions?

    Thanks,

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    Seems to me you'd be gambling with an unknown risk. Hire qualified personnel you can trust. How can you effectively review a bid if you haven't looked at it?
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    We have a system we use to come up with bids now. We will still follow that system. We bid some very large custom homes that can be quite complicated. Want to use this as a backup and to confirm our bid.

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    I remember an estimator that was refereed to by some as "The man with no eyes". It was because of all the stuff he would sell a customer that couldn't be done. Like fitting all manner of accessories in a closet.
    He sold a lot until his rep got to the owner.
    If possible every bid should go through a peer review of sorts. Because there is rarely only one best way. A "Devils advocate" can save a lot of grief. But also needed is a flexible audience. Many times there is resistance to any changes.
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    I have seen a few PT sales people that were utilized only when we were busy. Usually they were retired workers from that company that were comfortable with each other. Shouldn't be hard to find someone like that it would just depend if you wanted a closer or a person who knew what they were doing and could also get a signature.
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