To give a good estimate you have to know the scope of the work and what the budget is. If the client knows what they want and are price sensitive and only want what they can afford, that is ok as long as they make that clear to you or at least tell you they are trying to get the best price. Then all you need to know approximately what they expect to pay so that you can give them a good price to get the bid. When the person, or I sould say someone’s employee just wants a bid and is working for someone who is telling them to get bids, the person you are dealing with in that case does not have a clue as to what the scope of the work is, or the amount of the budget.

This situation is bad for anybody on the receiving end, namely the person giving the bid because that is what we call pissing in the wind. I am not trying to be vulgar crude or coarse. I am just trying to make a point and make it very clear. If you know what type of work you’re trying to get and the expected budget, then we can work with you.

For example, we can do spot cleaning and just clean the bad areas. By doing that, we can make it work for both parties involved. That way we can still do the service and do it well and not compromise our company’s reputation or integrity.
The person getting the bid does have to know the scope of the work. This is so they know what they are getting for there money.
An example is if an employee is being told by their boss to get 3 bids so they can get the best deal. Now the best deal is to get the job done right for a good price. Let me give you an example. If a person is calling to get their rain gutters cleaned on a commercial property a 30,000 square foot building, and trees are the main problem because they are sheding on the roof and the roof has leaves all over it. Well, I can tell you from experience they don’t just need the rain gutters cleaned, they need to clean the dirty roof first and then the gutters can be cleaned or it would just be a waste of money. The first breeze is going to dirty all the work that was just completed.

Now in this kind of business, there are plenty of fly by nights or people who just want to do a half hazardly type of work and that’s alright for some, but not for me. I have worked to hard to achieve a good reputation. So that’s the bottom line, and I will try to close. You need to know the scope of the work, that needs to be done in order for the job to be done correctly.

If you don’t know what your company or your boss will spend to get the work done don’t expect us to give you a bid and piss in the wind.

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