Ok thanks. My follow up to that would be say for example a house needs a roof repaired, a new sump pump, cleanout, yard service, lock change etc.. but I don’t do roofs. Would it be economical to bid on the roof as well and sub it out to ensure I get the bid?? Or would the price that they want to pay for the roof be far less than what a roofer would normally charge?
Let's back the truck up a little bit here....
NOTHING is mandatory. Everything you do in this biz is a choice. That said....
If you don't bid a roof in bad shape, and you don't report it in any way, you could be on the hook for that new roof at your cost...or a sump, or mold, or whatever is in need of repair. Many companies however, have built into there upload program that if a damage is reported, it won't let you close the work order without a bid.
I also am not too fond of roofing. I have on several occasions put several thousand in my pocket by overseeing a 3rd party roofer. Bid whatever makes YOU happy to get the job done. Yes, many times your bid will be too high...but then other times they just might go for it for whatever unexplained reason. I once bid $3,000 to drive 3 hours one way to tarp a roof. I was really busy and didn't feel like doing it...yeah, it got approved and some other stuff got put off for the easy money. I was REALLY happy.
Again, bid all for whatever makes YOU happy.
Oh, and when they tell you your bid doesn't match their cost estimator, politely tell them to go ahead and get a second opinion and that you are not offended by that.