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Industry lore says to get three bids for every trade on every project, but on small to mid-sized jobs and those that need to begin quickly (water or fire damage, for example), this is often impractical: the job is too small to interest subs, getting bids takes more time than it’s worth, or the bidding process pushes the start date too far away. The alternatives are either to have relationships with subs you trust and use them on a less formal basis—time and materials, cost-plus, or a ballpark estimate, for example—or to learn to estimate for the trades on small projects." EOB, Subcontractor Notes pg 67

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Be wary of having a supplier do material take-offs. This has always been a questionable arrangement because take-offs vary so widely. For some suppliers, there is incentive to make the order as large as possible, while others will short the list, win the order on low price, and when the short is discovered charge for those items that were left off. Further, supply houses cannot accept responsibility for errors in their take-offs because they cannot control how material is used on-site, and thus they do not have the same motivation to be accurate that you do. Doing your own take-off assures that each supplier prices an identical list, which allows for a meaningful price comparison and ensures that the correct materials will be ordered.

EOB, Supplier Notes

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The latest accounting software seems innovative and promises the world, so it can be tempting to change the established one for a newer version. But changing computer systems requires a herculean effort and great expense, and it will disrupt the entire organization. In the end, there is no perfect software. Therefore, before changing systems do extensive research to fully understand what is required and what it will cost and how much time it will take—whatever you estimate, double or triple the figure—and be absolutely certain that the advantages far outweigh the expense and disruption.
EOB, Accounting Notes

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"Every one of the established companies from whom you buy includes overhead and profit in what they sell. How do I know this? Because the ones that didn’t are no longer in business."
EOB, Money Notes

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In residential construction—barring theft, gouging, or incompetence—things cost what they cost within a fairly narrow range and what clients get with a misguided selection process and a too-small budget is a diminished product: this is a law, not open to exception.

EOB, Customer Introduction

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"It is possible to start planning and gathering quotes for a job too early. If you begin too soon many of the details and the reasons for decisions will be forgotten while suppliers and subcontractor quotes will expire. Further, the job may be cancelled or change significantly. Try to begin job preparation so you can move smoothly from planning into building with little or no time delay."

Builder Notes, Business Strategies

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Pre-qualify potential clients on the phone before meeting them face-to-face. Some people are fishing for ideas and information; some already have a builder and want to check their price; some are going to do the work themselves but are curious how much it would cost to hire a builder; some are too hard to work with; and some can’t afford to do the work they have in mind. It is pointless to meet people if there is no chance of getting work or if it is the wrong type of work.

EOB, Customers Notes

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"Design firms provide different services for clients—from site selection and acquisition to site plans, engineering, conceptual design, schematic drawings, detailed drawings, interior design, construction documents, managing the bid, selecting the contractor, negotiating the contract, administering construction, and final inspection—and various combinations of these services. What the client buys determines the amount of information provided in the job documents. Therefore, to better understand what is required of you [the contractor], ask which services the design firm will and will not provide."

EOB, Bidding With Designers, Notes

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