How do I secure comparable bids for a new home construction project?
February 9, 2013 7:16 AM Subscribe
I am building a new house and would like to secure three bids for the construction of the dwelling (see more below). One of the prospective contractors expressed concern that the bids be comparable - that the contractors are all bidding on the same aspects of the project. Lacking a better plan, I am planning to develop a spreadsheet describing in as much detail as I can the aspects of the project - what parts I want to hire out and what parts I intend to do on my own, the specific make and model of windows and doors, the specific flooring stock, etc. In doing so, I will create a single bid sheet that each contractor can bid on their own terms. Is this a reasonable approach? Are there existing spreadsheets that can be used for this type of thing?
posted by eirelander to home & garden (4 answers total)
The bid will include framing, sheathing, siding, roofing, installation of windows and doors, interior insulation, drywall, floor, and finish carpentry. Plumbing and electrical will be bid out separately. Painting and installation of the kitchen cabinetry and fixtures is my job.