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Question DetailsAsked on 2/12/2015

Should I have potential contractors (roofers) all meet me on site at the same time prior to preparing estimates?

I need to reroof a rental house and an thinking of having prospective contractors (probably 3) all come at the same time to survey the house prior to giving me their estimates. One advantage is that they would all hear the same thing. It would also cause the least disturbance to the renter. Should I tell the contractors that their competition will be there when I schedule the meeting?

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I personally would tell each that BECAUSE it is an occupied rental, to avoid unnecessary disturbance of the tenants you are doing a single site visit for all contractors at the same time. Make it clear this is NOT to be an on-site outbid-the-competitor circus, just that you need all the disturbance to be at a single time, then each can submit their bids later.

This should be no problem- GC's do this all the time with subs on occupied home remodel jobs, having typically a couple hour window on an evening or two when the tenant can tolerate it or be out of the house, and all the potential vendors and subs for a job are told that this is their time to measure and take photos and such - if they want to bid, be there at that time.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


What you are proposing is very efficient. It is often done in commercial applications. I would warn the contractors and the ones that don't want to deal with it can bow out. My suggestion is that you have them all meet to give them the directions and to view the job, then make separate appointments with any of them that wish it at another location. It will make it easier and the reps will feel more comfortable discussing your job with you that way.

Answered 5 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader

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