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How to Bid for Concrete Jobs

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A homeowner, business owner or project representative may approach several concrete outfits to bid on a project. To be considered for the job, the concrete contractor must present the representative with an official, detailed bid report covering specific project requirements, supply costs and labor needed. The representative pits bids against one another to get the best deal, taking professionalism and previous work into account. Concrete contractors may want to supply references for similar work to boost the odds of being hired.

Consider location of the work site. If it is outside your typical work area, add a travel fee to compensate for fuel costs. This can be charged per day or as a flat rate. However, if the market is competitive, or you feel others may bid lower, it may be worth it to cover the travel costs in hopes of more business.

Talk to the homeowner, business owner or project representative to get an idea of the size of the job. Job size may determine whether you'd like to submit a bid; a small job may not be profitable when factoring in the equipment move and supply costs. Consider setting a minimum job price.

While talking over project size, get an abbreviated job outline—what the customer wants and in what sort of time frame. He may not know exactly what the project entails; guide him through your concrete products and services.

Ask to visit the project site to see the locale and project parameters.

Decide whether to submit a time-and-materials bid or a flat-rate bid. A time-and-materials bid ensures your crew is paid for each hour spent at the work site, but a flat-rate bid may create a more relaxed atmosphere in which your crew isn't so rushed. Time-and-materials bids require meticulously kept paperwork to present to the homeowner, business owner or project representative.

Create a one-page typed bid report detailing specifics of the job, how many will work on it and a reasonable timeline for finished work. Quote for the exact type of concrete being used for the job. Give an overall quote for the project, factoring in reasonable time and material stipulations, if requested.


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Glenna Parks' work has appeared in "Missouri Life" magazine, "Marshall Democrat-News," "Central Collegian," and the Union Pacific and Amtrak employee publications, "BNSF Today" and "BNSF Railway." Parks received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., in 2007.

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