I'll give a contractor the opportunity to re-bid, _when_ it is obvious
they have 'missed something' on the submission. Doesn't happen very
often, but I do want 'apples-to-apples' comparison of what they believe
is needed. Usually, when I got something 'out-of-line' low, it was
that bidder wasn't including something that the others -were-. Discussion
would usually establish that they didn't believe that -that- item needed
work/replacement, whereupon I'd ask for a quote as an 'add-on' in case I
wanted it done 'anyway'.
Had a really funny situation in this respect a number of years ago --
Needed to replace 'a furnace' in the house, it had failed during an
extremely cold spell in the winter. Now, as it happened, the house
had two complete heating/cooling systems, one each for two separate
'zones' (an artifact of a _major_ add-on, some years previous).
Did have to make it clear to the companies that this was _NOT_ an
'emergency' situation, that we were soliciting competing bids, _and_
that they could/should schedule this job _after_ any 'emergency' calls.
(We figured out, 'after the fact', that the furnace in question had
probably died a good two weeks before we placed the initial service call.
Took a while to 'penetrate consciousness' that the 'other furnace' was
running almost constantly.)
Got quotes from several reputable firms, sat down to review them, and
'make a decision' -- ended up calling *all* the bidders back and asking
"why are quoting a unit over 2-1/2 times the size of the one that is
being replaced?"" None of the estimators had noticed the 'other furnace'
on the other side of the basement, _or_ checked the 'plate' on the dead
unit. "Assumed" it did the whole house, and sized by eyeball, accordingly.
(The estimators were =good=, the units they quoted were very close to the
combined capacity of both the existing units.)
Second round of bids came in with _much_ lower numbers. <grin>
Turned out they _couldn't_ quote the 'same size 'unit as the one being
replaced -- *nobody* made one that _small_ any more -- but could get
something rated only about 20% larger.
On 11/2/10 4:38 PM, email@example.com wrote:
That's a great attitude and practice that I'm sure has and will serve
BTW, most of my clients are my friends and became friends sort of
because we're all smart asses. If I get all serious on them, that's when
they think I'm trying to rip them off. :-)
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
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