We have an established business and opportunities for projects ring our phone daily. With that said, we don’t “hard” sell. In fact, one of the first questions we ask is “Do you plan to get more than one bid?” You should always get more than one bid but be careful not to waste people’s time. A good concise bid will come in the form of a written, preliminary contract form stating specifications for the build, insurance information and state license information at a minimum. Anything less than this, don’t walk; RUN! We urge everyone to get more than one bid for many reasons.
Two or three bids should be plenty, and it gives you something to compare to.
Every builder has a different philosophy on building and different strong suits, the process will help you find the right fit.
The bid process tells the story! Look at it this way, if the bidding contractor doesn’t respond quickly, puts you off, is inconsistent, loses interest when you ask lots of questions… guess what, he or she is not going to change once you start construction! If the contractor is a poor communicator, they are not the right fit. Communication is a huge factor in any project.
The last reason… we have been awarded more projects by people who get multiple bids and we usually are not the low bid! Sounds crazy? More clients come back to us and tell our group that we may not have been the lowest bid, but we submitted a higher level of detail in the contract and we have great communication.