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ESTIMATING, Writing the Perfect BID… Making MONEY…

How to estimate painting jobs. How a high quality bid packet can have a dramatic impact on your business. Winning more bids with a professional bid package. Simple tips and tricks to estimating and writing bids in the contracting industry.

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25 thoughts on “ESTIMATING, Writing the Perfect BID… Making MONEY…”

  1. I am new to the painting business as a company owner. Never did bids before a few mths ago. I put a bid in on a 5600 sq foot home just to repaint the common areas and a "tiny" 18×24 nursery. My bid was $27,342.42 (exact number I dont recall but it was 27 and change) the lowest bid I suspect was dollar store supplies and walmart paint. The closest bid to mine was $12k. I asked the lady why she chose me vs $12k and it simply came down to not having a number in front of 0000's and I shared what product was going to be applied and the why and how it was going to be applied and why that choice of application. All of my paperwork has the sherwin williams logo in the bottom right corner as well. I think through product branding Sherwin Willams is seen by most as a pro brand vs someone using beher or Delux. Glidden and CIL were once viewed as a pro choice for paint then walmart came along. My bid packet is not a short story but it is 6-8 pages as I have a couple different ones for a couple different situations. That job led me to a $23,647.83 job for october. I find in my area the "rich" folks seem to have troubles getting painters. I decided to jump in head first out of bullheaded stubbornness or pure ignorance lol. I live in a city thats barely a city and its in the middle of farm country, A lot of 4-6-8000 sq ft homes on the back roads of those farm roads that dont get the free weekly paper with the ads or internet service is shitty so web marketing is all but useless to them. What I love is they have their mail boxes out by the road so I can slip in little paper without disturbing anyone.

  2. Hey good afternoon Chris I would like to know how can I get in touch with you to talk with you about painting jobs period. I am in North Carolina I would like to know if you would ever do a seminar or some type of form here in North Carolina. And if not what would be the closest area that you would be coming to. I am in the process of starting my own Painting Company and one of the things that I do have trouble with and struggle with his bidding and need help with that I understand that your package will show you how to and putting a big package together but the pricing of the job itself giving the estimate is what I need help with. Again my name is Dwayne and look forward to hearing from you.

  3. I may not always agree with your methods, but there is no denying that you are performing a tremendous service to novice painters and that should be commended.
    Immersion into the industry with hands-on training, building their confidence with positive reinforcement and thorough explanation of every trade aspect down to the finest detail – this should be the standard for ALL businesses interested in properly educating and getting the most out of their employees.
    You're a good dude.

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