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Question DetailsAsked on 5/28/2013

Is there a way on Angie's list to invite "bids" for a new home construction project?

I have custom home plans (blueprints from my architect) and would like to get bids from contractors to build the house on my lot.

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Just log on to Angie's List and search for contractors in your area. Carefully review the member ratings and reviews and then contact your short list to ask for detailed bids. We recommend that you get at least three (see the link below).


Answered 7 years ago by HughV


Open advertise for bids and expect to get this sort of response- "Sure, ya betcha - send me a $50,000 cash deposit and I will get right back to you on it".

You do NOT want to advertise for bids - you need to first select a short list of reputable, licensed, insured, and bonded local contractors that are qualified to do the job, then personally invite each of them to look over the job with you and your architect and solicit input from them of any unusual factors or problem areas they think need special attention or clarification in the plans and specs, THEN after cleaning up or clarifying those items in the plans and specs, you solicit bids.

Of course, I presume you have your building and land use permits, financing and owners insurance in order - do not go out to bids without that being all lined up first, because bids are typically only good for 7-30 days.

Your architect should be able to help with some name of reputable contractors, and with the specifications to go with the plans, which spell out any brand name items and finishes, colors, etc you want (HVAC system, door hardware, security system, railings, trim and molding, paint and roof finishes and and shingle brandname, special energy efficiency ratings or items, etc).

Without each contractor bidding on the same exact plans and specs, their bids are going to be different because they are bidding on apples and oranges - what THEY see the job scope as, not what YOU see it as. That is a very common of dibergence between homeowner and contractor right off the bat, and can sour relations early on. That is why you want initial site visit input on the site and plans and specs, so anything they see as gaps or open items are identified BEFORE you go out for actual quotes. If the architect did renderings (sketches, computer simulations, etc) the builders should see those too, so they are seeing the same finish product in their mind as you and the architect are.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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