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Taking the Low Bid

Posted by admin on Feb 6, 2015 2:04:48 PM

There are many risks involved when bidding out your greenhouse project! Here is a list outlining some of those risks. It is from an article about roofing but is just as true regarding any project. Whether it be your home or your greenhouse, being well informed and comparing ALL bids is your greatest weapon.

The Top Reasons to Eliminate the Lowest Bidder from Your List
Choosing the lowest bidder can look like a smart, money saving move, but it rarely works out.
Every contractor is in business to make money and if you accept the lowest bid, you will either end up with quality issues or paying more than the original quote. Either way you end up losing.
Before you sign any proposal consider this information carefully.
1. Many contractors will use a low bid as a place to start negotiating. Ethical contractors provide their best price first and will include all the details on materials and installation methods. Bids written on the back of a business card are worthless.
2. Bids that are 15% or more below other bids can’t be the same job. A 15% profit is a solid profit on a quality job so if a bid is 15% or more below other bids it would mean they are working for free. Of course, no one works for free. In order to make money, they will substitute lower quality materials or take short cuts on installation in order to save labor costs.
3. The low bidder can find plenty of bargain materials that might look good at first glance but will not hold up in stronger storms. Ask for the brand name and check out the reputation and warranty of all material suppliers. If you can’t find the supplier in a Google search, that is a red flag. Improper installation or shortcuts on installation will void the manufactures warranty.
4. There are some “nice folks” that may give you a bid that “is really great”. If a bid seems a bit too good to be true make sure you don’t get fooled. Ask for 10 references and call each one. Ask about the final price versus the proposal price.
5. Low bidders save money by not being properly licensed and many don’t carry insurance or don’t carry enough insurance. This puts the owner at risk and by not being licensed the contractor cheats the government and if they will do that they will just as likely cheat you. Ask for a copy of their license or ask them to provide you with their license number and verify it at the state website. Ask them to provide you with a current certificate of insurance or have their insurance agent send you their insurance certificate directly so you will know it is current.
This list has been edited slightly to make it relevant to all projects requiring a bid. To read the full article:
If you have questions, concerns or a project in mind for the future, let Stuppy work with you to successfully complete your plans and create a space designed specifically to your needs. No off-the-shelf kits, no quick quotes, custom greenhouses designed to fit your business.

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