A Beginner’s Guide to Bidding on Construction Jobs

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Bidding on construction jobs is the bread and butter of many construction companies. The more bids the company places, the more likely they are to have construction jobs and keep their crew busy. If a contractor is only bidding on 1 job a week – they are likely to have a slower season. However, if a contractor is bidding on 5- 6 jobs per week, you can bet they are going to have a great season. 

Let’s start with the basics, what is a construction bid?

A construction bid is essentially a proposal. You are proposing to your client what you can do for them. This should include the cost including the expenses and profit. This is different from an estimate which just lists the cost of the job (excluding the profit portion).

When submitting bids, it’s important to remember that oftentimes, costs, as well as qualifications, are the two most important considerations for clients when they are choosing who to work with. What does this mean for you? Well, we would suggest aiming to have one of the lowest bids, ensuring that you are still making a profit, and highlighting your qualifications. Placing the correct bid on the job can really make the difference between success and failure for a construction contractor. Lucky for you,  Dibbs has ready to use templates for you to easily place successful bids in seconds and lists jobs you can bid on – we make it really easy

For government projects the bidding process is highly involved and regulated but, for private projects, it can be less formal. Regardless of the type of job you are bidding on the process is similar. Let’s take a look at the typical process. 

Process of a Construction Bid:

  • Job is placed online. A ‘client’ or homeowner shares information about the project they are looking to have completed. Dibbs is an app where you can post your bid and reach an entire network of suppliers. 
  • Review. As a supplier or GC you are able to review the jobs or materials in your area and see if they are something you want to work on.
  • Submissions. Now, the user who posted the job reviews the submissions that were shared. 
  • Select a winner. After reviewing all qualified bids, the user now chooses a winner to complete the job. As shared earlier, often times this will come down to cost. 
  • Project is delivered.  Once the contract is signed and the details are discussed the project is completed. 

Construction bidding is a timely process and one of the most important aspects of the business. Dibbs understands that and that’s what inspired us to create Dibbs. Cut the time it takes to create bids in half and see how you can increase your bottom line. Schedule a demo today.