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Submitting Bids Better

10 Tips for Submitting Better Bids

Posted on April 07, 2016 by Kendall Jones - Construct Connect

Putting together a winning bid proposal, or even a competitive one, takes knowledge and skill. It’s a bit more complicated than just putting some numbers together and hoping for the best. Good bid preparation requires a lot of time and effort and involves everything from reading and fully understanding the plans and specifications to accurately estimating costs for labor, materials and equipment. Making even the smallest mistake can mean the difference between submitting a winning bid and missing out on a coveted and profitable project. We’ve put together our top 10 tips for submitting better bids.

- Select the Right Projects to Bid

- Visit the Site and Attend Prebid Meetings 

- Seek Clarification

- Perform Accurate Takeoffs and Measurements

- Avoid Arithmetic Errors

- Evaluate Subcontractors & Subcontractor Pricing

- Identify and Manage Risks

- Labor Costs

- Materials and Equipment Costs

- Incomplete Bid Forms and Documents

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Canadian Building Permits up 8.7% in October, 2016

Modern Distribution Management - Municipalities issued C$7.6 billion (US$5.7 billion) worth of building permits in October, up 8.7 percent from September, according to Statistics Canada. Higher construction intentions for commercial structures and residential dwellings in Alberta were responsible for much of the gain, as builders filed permits in advance of the changes in the provincial Building Code.

The value of residential building permits rose 7.7 percent to C$5.2 billion (US$3.9 billion) in October. This was the third consecutive monthly increase. Advances were posted in eight provinces, led by Alberta and followed by British Columbia and Ontario.

Council of Ontario Construction Associations

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