Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Your House Soon...Soon
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I avoid CE if at all possible and when not, get the numbers to where I need or let them know we can't do it. Sent in two bids to replace the front foundation on a house that sits on a nearly 30% grade. The foundation is washed out and the basement backfilling with mud. I gave them 15 days on the bids. Our non CE bids are very detailed covering manpower, hours, equipment, materials, etc. I charge what I am worth, and it is more than the guy who blocked a foundation for his double wide so now he rents a bobcat and knows everything.
Day 12 and they are still asking me why I can't do the job for the $800 less than the CE spits out. Well, at this point the entry doors to the house won't open or close, mud has pushed the water heater into another room, the side foundation has all kinds of pressure against it and the freeze is setting in. Much longer and our bid would have evolved into a demo as well. We got the job.
CL, many times they aren't limiting what they will pay on a job so much as they are limiting who they can use.