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Old 10-19-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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My neighbor is the website moderator/developer for the site buildingbc.com and he put my company name and logo on the first page of the site. In return he wants me to employ his step son... anyway.

I live in Vancouver BC, but yesterday morning I Got a call from a contractor in Chicago, Il. They are putting together bids to build a store here in Vancouver on the prestigious Granville street, the store will be a clothing store called Anthropologie.

Anyway, because my name was first on the list, I got a call. This is likely out of my league,but I will probably go through the steps anyway. Plans being emailed in 2 weeks, bids due Dec 16th... 12000sq feet.

Anyway, it is exciting, but really I probably would not know where to begin. Just thought I would share.... I will get the sales reps from my local paint stores to help me read plans and put together spec sheets.

The actual painting I can handle. What I am worried about is how it is a 14week work cycle, and I have to be available during that time and know how to price my availability, not knowing which times I would actually be working. Also it said to make sure you price for possibility of overtime, but how would you know how to do that?
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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WOW! You should be charging more than the overtime rate. If your concerned about having OT put a hourly OT rate in your bid that will be added due to OT. They will probably just ignore that or won't award you the job over it. Plans you'll just have to study study study. The 1st page I look at is the finishes schedule. But you'll prob be overwhelmed at 1ss good luck.
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You can always hire more painters to avoid the OT. Just take it in smaller steps if the size of the job is intimidating.
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thanks guys.

I am definitely more of a residential repaint kinda guy, not commercial and new construction.

I will be putting together a hefty bid, hoping they want quality over cheap and fast.
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thanks guys.

I am definitely more of a residential repaint kinda guy, not commercial and new construction.

I will be putting together a hefty bid, hoping they want quality over cheap and fast.
not gonna happen
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I am definitely more of a residential repaint kinda guy, not commercial and new construction.

I will be putting together a hefty bid, hoping they want quality over cheap and fast.
I'd rethink that... more often its quality - cheap
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Around here low bid wins 9 outa 10 these days. Unless its a repeat, or uber picky client.
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I agree but I would say more like .001 out of 10, that's more like it. Relationships are key. So I would suggest good communication. Maybe call and ask a few questions or recommendations (preferably a savings)
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Just take it in smaller steps if the size of the job is intimidating.
I agree, just break the job into parts that are manageable and you'll see that both the bidding and the actual operation to get it done are really quite simple.
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thanks guys.

I am definitely more of a residential repaint kinda guy, not commercial and new construction.

I will be putting together a hefty bid, hoping they want quality over cheap and fast.
Although getting a set of plans and practicing may be a good exercise for you, I imagine it would be very difficult to come up with a price without having any production numbers. I can spend hours breaking down a large set of prints and still worry about missing something!
Commercial is a whole different animal, as I am sure you know. There may even be bond and insurance issues, not to mention the probability of a 90 day pay schedule.

Is it possible to "bring" the bid to another painter? Do you have a relationship with another paint company that you could partner with? Not sure how it works in Canada, but here a lot of those jobs go to a plan room and everybody bids, but if you got a call, it may be limited bidding?

Good luck and let us know how it works out!
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