Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Rural South
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5 Bros: Bid approved for Reduced Amount! (Yea! Hoo Ray!)
I can laugh now, but this happened to us this past year. I saw a little issue when I drove up to a nicer home. It was a HUD home with a brick front, lots of room, nice basement, etc. But it had a column of bricks falling down. Literally in the process of falling over... Literally hanging by a wire... So I tried to bid to do the repairs. I called around some brick masons... found some who admitted that $1500 would be justifiable even for such a small job, and so I bid it well north of $2k.
I got it approved! Yeah for me. Even found a guy who would do it pretty cheap around this time. But when I had looked around to categorize this type of damage, I had selected "siding" repair (nothing else fit into their stupid computer system). Well, there must be some kind of square foot price guidelines for "siding"... and the adjusted price was... less than 10% of what I bid. Yea!! So I told them no, no way, you better try again, no.
As far as I know, some really clueless sub may have done it for peanuts. All I know, is not me. While I can believe someone else got the bid and they were all up in arms about mine, there is no way a professional mason did it for the price they approved it for. I hope it stays fixed.... I hope he doesn't get a call back no charge order.
By the way, when I tell them that they can't lower my bids, they claim that it is their client (HUD, FHA, etc) that does it. Yeah, ok.
(I do work for the 5 Amigos)