Get Good Bids for Asphalt Projects
by Brian Pike, General Manager Rocky Mountain Pavement
(as appeared in Colorado Real Estate Journal)
Many old adages, like “comparing apples to apples” or “you get what you pay for” certainly are applicable when considering asphalt installation or repair projects.
As you begin to solicit proposals for your work, how can you make sure you get quality bids and select the best contractor for your project? It all begins with the collection of thorough proposals from reputable contractors, for the same scope of work. Consider the following when developing your requests for proposals.
To begin, you can take a few steps to assure you get quality, comparable bids. Know your work and provide all bidders as much detail as possible. Work site maps and a clear scope of work can be very beneficial. Encourage value-added input from your contractors, but make sure all contractors bid the same work so you may make a fair comparison.
Using this information will allow you to better evaluate the proposals and ultimately get the best value on your project.
The second important part is selecting a reputable contractor. This is just a matter of checking each company’s credentials.
Most contractors will be happy to furnish this information to you. If they are not, beware.
By soliciting detailed proposals from quality contractors you can “compare apples to apples” and make sure “you get what you pay for.”
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