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Old 11-07-06, 06:55 AM
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Question for Electrical Contractors

ow do you bid on new residential construction? By the outlet or square feet? How much per outlet? How much per square feet? Are the lighting fixtures included in the bid?

I'm working up a bid on a new duplex condo. 1300 sq ft per condo. Gas heat and water heater.

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This is a "do it yourself" forum. your question is better asked in a professional forum.

I cannot post links here , but some come to mind.

Electrical contractors network

Electrical knowledge

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Keep in mind these sites I mention are for pros. If you are a DIY who is trying to price jobs for a side work thing, you need to not bother asking in any forum.
 
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Originally Posted by jwhite
This is a "do it yourself" forum. your question is better asked in a professional forum.
The bid is due tomorrow. I don't have the time to register in those pro forums and wait for an answer. This questions was posed here a while back and was anwered by some pros.

I'll give it my best shot and hope I get the job.

Originally Posted by jwhite
Keep in mind these sites I mention are for pros. If you are a DIY who is trying to price jobs for a side work thing, you need to not bother asking in any forum.
I'm abiding by state law and have received an electrical contractor's license.

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Best of luck,, If you can't bid.Hard to survive.

Have you insurance?
Have you trained people?

Many have been "Burned" buy "best shot". Back to insurance.
You may even think about bonding, Just incase it doesn't work out.

@I don't have the time to register in those pro forums and wait for an answer. @
Takes about 5 min. max, for a reply.

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Is thAT SO?

"Best of luck,, If you can't bid. Hard to survive."

Haven't lost a job yet by bidding too high

"Have you insurance?"

Yes. One million dollar policy.

"Have you trained people?"

Myself. I'm a state licensed master electrician. Don't plan on hiring help. Just a 55 year old one-man show for now.

"Many have been "Burned" buy "best shot".

That's why I asked the question in the first place.

I bid the job at 20 bucks per outlet. 1,000 bucks for the service (1-100 amp panel per unit. Dual underground 100 amp meter base. I'll have to dig the trenches for utility feed to the condos). Light fixtures will be an additional cost if the general contractor wants me to furnish them.

"Back to insurance. You may even think about bonding, Just incase it doesn't work out."

I am bonded ($4,000 per state law).

"@I don't have the time to register in those pro forums and wait for an answer. @ Takes about 5 min. max, for a reply."

I prefer to focus on finding jobs right now as opposed to registering in the "pro forums." I'll be listed in the 2007 phone book. Right now my main advertising mode is an ad in the local fishwrap and word of mouth.

"Lawyers love you."

Why's that?
 
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thinman,

Between the time you spent responding to posts here, and the time you spent checking for replies, you could have registered at several sites and be well on your way to having pro to pro converstations on how to bid, and run work.

As I said before, this is a DIY site. It is more geared to the how to do the work, side of electrical. The how to run a business side is address in much more detail.

I know you are more concerned with finding work and making money.. That is why I suggested asking the question in a forum dedicated to that type of purpose.

Jeff
 
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I can tell you. At $20 per hole you are at less than HALF of the average going rate.
And at $1k for a DOUBLE 100 amp, UNDERGROUND service, with YOU digging, you are about $1k-$1.5k LOW.


Like has been said, coming to a DIY site, the NIGHT BEFORE a bid like this is due is risky at best.

For future reference, go register at ECN, Mike Holt's, and others, and ask questions more than a few hours before a deadline (let alone 5 minutes), and you'll be ok.
A few good books on estimating will be a help as well.
 
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Thinman,
many have no clue, and think we all make a million.
As you are aware, there are MANY fly by nighters out there.
My comments were intended to protect YOU and YOUR clients.
I will make no bones of my intent to protect my Profession.
However I'm equally as willing to help someone save a buck.
3.50/sq ft. Basic code... No extras. Then you must read your building code and add that in.

Ask the locals for prices, and don't "cut their throats". If your insured, get the going rates!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Thanks for the help.
 
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