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Old 05-14-2017, 04:02 PM   #1
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I recently took over a paint contracting business and was wondering if anyone might have sample of what a professional looking proposal and accompanying cover letter should look like for a large commercial job?

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I'd be interested to see that myself


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I deleted your other thread since it was a duplicate. No need to post the same thing in different sub forums.
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This is a super basic format I use to get a price to a customer. I have deleted information from the file that I would not like blasted on the internet (Customer name, address, my address, etc)

This proposal was for our hospital here in town, they were changing colors on some accent walls and hallway walls. I bid it by the square foot (For one accent wall I calculated the sq. ft. of the room and divided it by 4 to get my price for one wall).

I also have samples for Time and Materials if thats how you prefer to bid.
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Curious to see other's proposals. I'm 99% sure ours is way different than most of the proposals going to be shown here.

I find putting down descriptions of things helps walk the customer through the process and also shows how much labor is actually involved with the work. Line item proposals work for cut and dry, but I feel a lot of customers here would just compare prices and pick. Forgetting 90% of everything you explained to them in person.
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I have been putting in my proposals the cost of labour, paint, and materials as a break down, but am considering scrapping that and giving the customer a total instead, I've found a lot of people wanting to buy they're own paint etc etc when I reality I'm selling a system, if they want to buy the paint, my labour needs to go up, so if I don't actually show they breakdown of each item/price it will make it easier (in my opinion) to sell my "system" opposed to just labour and materials


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Curious to see other's proposals. I'm 99% sure ours is way different than most of the proposals going to be shown here.

I find putting down descriptions of things helps walk the customer through the process and also shows how much labor is actually involved with the work. Line item proposals work for cut and dry, but I feel a lot of customers here would just compare prices and pick. Forgetting 90% of everything you explained to them in person.
I completely agree! Have to separate from the others in the stack.
But what do I know..I'm a complete newblar
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I have been putting in my proposals the cost of labour, paint, and materials as a break down, but am considering scrapping that and giving the customer a total instead, I've found a lot of people wanting to buy they're own paint etc etc when I reality I'm selling a system, if they want to buy the paint, my labour needs to go up, so if I don't actually show they breakdown of each item/price it will make it easier (in my opinion) to sell my "system" opposed to just labour and materials


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On a podcast I listen to, the host was interviewing an interior designer who only deals with big money clientele. She(the interior designer) found that honesty got her quite far in terms of disclosing markup on materials.
She lists each items retail cost(although she may get a discount) and next to it the client cost. Explained in bold at the bottom of the list she explains why her staggering 30% markup is justified... PEACE OF MIND FOR THE CLIENT no back and forth if the wrong item is delivered, SHE BURDENS THE UP FRONT COST and some other things(it was awhile ago that I heard the episode)

But number 1 thing is like you said, you are selling a system (THE CLIENT DOESNT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING BUT WHAT COLOR DO I WANT AND WHERE)
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Ages since I have had any input here. I detail all material I will use (the brands etc) and the prep and finish (what we will do). I never, ever give people labor times or material costs. Those are for me to manage, not for them to micromanage while having the painting done.

Sometimes the more detail the more can trip you up in the end.
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