Bid Management Services
Much more than academic estimating service. . .
We are actively engaged in providing bid preparation for construction on behalf of our clients around Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. We know what it takes to win the job. As such, we provide our clients with true BIDDING counsel.
- Hard-Bid Estimating, both Public & Private
- CM-at-Risk Proposal Preparation
- Conceptual Estimating
- Change-Order and Claims Estimating
- Preconstruction Services
Bid Preparation in Construction
Bid preparation in construction is the process of submitting a proposal for the management of a construction project to the project owner. With the bid, contractors commit to providing a project owner with specific construction services for a quoted cost by a specific date. It’s important to utilize professional bid management services to make sure all of these important details are feasible and correct.
Without professional bid preparation services, many contractors find themselves bidding for the wrong jobs or under-bidding on projects that result in a loss. In fact, there is much more to successful bid preparation in construction than being the lowest bidder. Construction Bid preparation services are more complicated than reviewing plans, developing an estimate of costs, and firing off an estimate. In a competitive bidding environment, contractors must go beyond just estimating costs, and provide clients with a proposal for bid management services for the entire construction project.
With our bid management services for the construction industry, we can help you achieve your business goals. For small construction businesses, pursuing new projects can represent a huge opportunity cost. When you utilize our bid management services around Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey, there is no need to dedicate substantial time and resources to the lengthy process of bidding for a new construction project. This leaves you to focus on what you do best: building! Not endless paperwork.
Our specialty is in construction bid services allowing us to develop a niched expertise in construction bidding. Marlin Buckley, P.C. can produce far more effective bids than a generalized bid management firm.
To begin the bid development process, we’ll sit down with you and develop a thorough understanding of your business goals, strengths, and operational capacity. Every business and business opportunity is unique, so every bid will be tailored to your business – no boilerplate bids!
With a specific project opportunity in mind, we’ll go about creating a winning bid. We’ll use your input about how you plan to deliver services for the proposed project, and then get started writing the bid, making sure it meets the requirements of the project specifications. We can provide bid management services independently, or with as much input as you want to give.
Cost Estimating and Bid Preparation Services for:
- General Construction
- Civil Construction (sitework)
- Mechanical Construction (HVAC and Plumbing)
- Marlin Buckley P.C. offers plumbing cost estimator services for construction jobs. It is always important to strike the balance with a bid that will win the job for your company and also return a profit and grow your business. Marlin Buckley’s experience gives him the ability to accurately predict the time and materials needed for a plumbing job. As a plumbing cost estimator, Buckley’s bid preparation services will give a clear picture of what the plumbing job will cost, from start to finish. Having an accurate estimate will often give you an edge over the competition.
- Electrical Construction
Plumbing Cost Estimator
Marlin Buckley P.C. offers plumbing cost estimator services for construction jobs around Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. It is always important to strike the balance with a bid that will win the job for your company and also return a profit and grow your business. Marlin Buckley’s experience gives him the ability to accurately predict the time and materials needed for a plumbing job. As a plumbing cost estimator, Buckley’s bid preparation services will give a clear picture of what the plumbing job will cost, from start to finish. Having an accurate estimate will often give you an edge over the competition.
Bid Preparation In Construction Estimate Sample
Bid preparation services include detailing the estimated costs needed to acquire all elements needed to complete a construction project, and the costs of executing the project. The construction estimate sheet is used to estimate the cost of labor and materials for a project. This serves as a quote for construction work, facilitates the calculation of construction costs, and assists clients in developing an overall project budget. Over the years, Marlin Buckley, P.C. has prepared construction bids for many projects and clients around PA, MD, DE, and NJ. See our Bid Preparation In Construction Estimate Sample to review a few.
Frequently Asked Questions For Bid Management Services
What Questions should you ask When Preparing a Construction Bid?
- Is the budget for the job realistic and where did the project financing price come from?
- Is the architect qualified to estimate a budget? You need contractor experience to prepare a budget.
What should a Construction Bid include?
Owners should require that there is a basic cost breakdown of the work by trade category, rather than a single number for the estimate. Owners can even ask for the estimator’s worksheets, and if they have the opportunity, they can even ask for the materials and costs to be broken out in the estimate. They should also request a timeline for the project. Once an owner has a commitment from a contractor, they may even be able to set up a penalty if the timeline is not met. Many contractors will “open their books” for transparency on how they arrived at their estimates.
In any large construction project, it is advisable to hire an owner’s rep to review the bid. The rep can help the owner and the contractor to agree upon a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) or cost plus monthly fee and to agree upon the contractor’s fee. It is noteworthy to mention that contractors may be entitled to an increase due to inflation, and this should be discussed and negotiated during the process of the contract. The idea is to avoid litigation (and the fees associated with litigation).
How do you Prepare for a Bid?
There are two different methods of contracting: The design/ Bid/ Build (DBB) model (where you start with an architect, solicit contractor bids, and hire a contractor) versus the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), which includes the cost plus a fee with a guaranteed maximum price. In this method, the owner, owner’s rep, and the team, collectively come up with a design and budget. The GMP works best for everyone and requires that all parties attend a preliminary meeting (where the budget is disclosed) and then come prepared with construction sheets, plans, etc before the first budget meeting.
What should be Covered in a Pre-bid Meeting?
- The budget
- The design
- The time frame
- The number of meetings depends on the project.
How do you Prepare for a Pre-bid Meeting?
Background check the potential architect and potential general contractor.
What are the Steps in the Bidding Process?
The typical DBB process has three levels of estimating (conceptual estimate done by construction management, a narrative specification where which is an estimate involving assumptions to arrive at a complete price – plus or minus a contingency, and a design development plan with refined blueprints, specs with more detail and that allows for a design/development estimate. Finally, there is a bid-set/permit-set plan with an estimate.) Next, the contractors are selected and a formal bid is requested.
The GMP steps include a meeting to decide the scope of the project, followed by a meeting to decide the design and the estimate. Next, the design and final specs are presented and a GMP is decided upon. Obviously, there are many variations to this process.
What are the key elements of a Bid?
The design and the estimated price.