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I hope the learned ones can shed some light on purpose of "Standarized Pricing" in the P&P market.

What is the purpose of going thru the motions of providing a bid if the end result is a forgone conclusion?

To me the traditonal relationship of Contractor/Client is being diminished and is fast approaching that of Employee/Boss when a client informs you what they will pay for a particular service a Contractor provides.
 

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I hope the learned ones can shed some light on purpose of "Standarized Pricing" in the P&P market.

What is the purpose of going thru the motions of providing a bid if the end result is a forgone conclusion?

To me the traditonal relationship of Contractor/Client is being diminished and is fast approaching that of Employee/Boss when a client informs you what they will pay for a particular service a Contractor provides.
Let me guess; FAS rehab contractor?
 

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I hope the learned ones can shed some light on purpose of "Standarized Pricing" in the P&P market.

What is the purpose of going thru the motions of providing a bid if the end result is a forgone conclusion?

To me the traditonal relationship of Contractor/Client is being diminished and is fast approaching that of Employee/Boss when a client informs you what they will pay for a particular service a Contractor provides.
Is a Realtor no longer an independent contractor because they agree to a set %?

Is an inspector not an independent contractor because they do inspections for a set, say, $50 price?

If an independent contractor sets their prices, say, $20 for an oil change at a lube shop, $100 per wheel for brakes, etc. does that eliminate the independent contractor status?

While I agree that going through the motions of providing a bid is pointless when there is standard pricing, I disagree that set pricing diminishes the independent contractor.
 

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Is a Realtor no longer an independent contractor because they agree to a set %?

Is an inspector not an independent contractor because they do inspections for a set, say, $50 price?

If an independent contractor sets their prices, say, $20 for an oil change at a lube shop, $100 per wheel for brakes, etc. does that eliminate the independent contractor status?

While I agree that going through the motions of providing a bid is pointless when there is standard pricing, I disagree that set pricing diminishes the independent contractor.
Can't see the comparison your trying to make above? Each of the above, the person offering the service is setting their fee's... not the Client.

I send you an bid request saying I got a damaged house, an I want a bid from you to make repairs. But I'm only gonna pay you $150 to repair 60" the cabinets replacing 4 doors and refisnish and staining, $ 500 to replace the refrigerator with an 18/cf GE brand, and replace 5 interior prehung 80x30 doors $120/ea. I think you'd politely tell me yur not interested.
 

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Can't see the comparison your trying to make above? Each of the above, the person offering the service is setting their fee's... not the Client.

I send you an bid request saying I got a damaged house, an I want a bid from you to make repairs. But I'm only gonna pay you $150 to repair 60" the cabinets replacing 4 doors and refisnish and staining, $ 500 to replace the refrigerator with an 18/cf GE brand, and replace 5 interior prehung 80x30 doors $120/ea. I think you'd politely tell me yur not interested.

right on! There must be people doing it at there pricing. I did rehad for them years ago and wouldn`t do now with them kind of prices
 

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right on! There must be people doing it at there pricing. I did rehad for them years ago and wouldn`t do now with them kind of prices
I still do work with them... but you got get quite "inventive" in culling out the bad work...
 

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They don't have experienced pros looking at your bid with the same knowlege you have. With so many bids to review, they are using young men and women who's only experience in the field came from two 90 minute training sessions in the meeting room down the hall from their cubicle, which was given by Human Resources when they were hired. It removes much of the risk from their end. They print out some binders and lay them out on everyones desk, so that they can match your bid to what they have declared is the correct pricing for the work in your area. Welcome to the McDonald's dollar menu.
 

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Corelogic, LPS, and AMS are all the same with this standardized pricing. Corelogic and LPS make you include your cost estimation software bids to justify your price. The cost estimation software is expensive and takes more time.

It appears they are trying to prevent guys from pricing bad work really high. They get themselves in a bind where they have to rely on a certain contractor and don't have other options so this is their way of beating down his pricing.

This practice to me is the most infuriating of them all.
 

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Corelogic, LPS, and AMS are all the same with this standardized pricing. Corelogic and LPS make you include your cost estimation software bids to justify your price. The cost estimation software is expensive and takes more time.

It appears they are trying to prevent guys from pricing bad work really high. They get themselves in a bind where they have to rely on a certain contractor and don't have other options so this is their way of beating down his pricing.

This practice to me is the most infuriating of them all.
If you become xactimate cert you can find a great paying job with benefits in restoration/commercial construction. In AZ starting at $100k per annum
 

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Theres tons of jobs for persons willing to really "learn" xactimate!

My son took a job at $75,000 with full benefits, car provided, cell phone provided, laptop provided AND 3 weeks vacation.

THAT was after giving up a $60,000 job estimating for another company :)

Not bad for 26 in this days economy... IMO
 

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Theres tons of jobs for persons willing to really "learn" xactimate!

My son took a job at $75,000 with full benefits, car provided, cell phone provided, laptop provided AND 3 weeks vacation.

THAT was after giving up a $60,000 job estimating for another company :)

Not bad for 26 in this days economy... IMO
That is pretty good!

I would probably take a pay cut if I could make my living without contractors and other crews.
 

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I hope the learned ones can shed some light on purpose of "Standarized Pricing" in the P&P market.

What is the purpose of going thru the motions of providing a bid if the end result is a forgone conclusion?

To me the traditonal relationship of Contractor/Client is being diminished and is fast approaching that of Employee/Boss when a client informs you what they will pay for a particular service a Contractor provides.
When labor and industries looks at that type of document ( standardized pricing ) and the fact that you have to get it done in X amount of days, They ( nationals) are blending the line between independent contractor and employee to the point of invisability.
 

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They don't have experienced pros looking at your bid with the same knowlege you have. With so many bids to review, they are using young men and women who's only experience in the field came from two 90 minute training sessions in the meeting room down the hall from their cubicle, which was given by Human Resources when they were hired. It removes much of the risk from their end. They print out some binders and lay them out on everyones desk, so that they can match your bid to what they have declared is the correct pricing for the work in your area. Welcome to the McDonald's dollar menu.
BId it out and when they want to beat it down just hold fast. ASk the FOHS ( fresh out of Highschool ) person what a bid is and have themselfs gore themselfs on their own sword.

bidpast participle, past tense of bid

Verb:
  • Offer (a certain price) for something, esp. at an auction: "dealers bid a world record price for a snuff box".
  • Utter (a greeting or farewell) to: "a chance to bid farewell to their president".
Noun:An offer of a price, esp. at an auction.Synonyms:verb. order - command - invite - ask - offer
noun. offer - tender - attempt
 

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BId it out and when they want to beat it down just hold fast. ASk the FOHS ( fresh out of Highschool ) person what a bid is and have themselfs gore themselfs on their own sword.

bidpast participle, past tense of bid


Verb:
  • Offer (a certain price) for something, esp. at an auction: "dealers bid a world record price for a snuff box".
  • Utter (a greeting or farewell) to: "a chance to bid farewell to their president".
Noun:An offer of a price, esp. at an auction.Synonyms:verb. order - command - invite - ask - offer
noun. offer - tender - attempt

Lay-off the pipe man... it's affecting your writing ability.
 

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If you become xactimate cert you can find a great paying job with benefits in restoration/commercial construction. In AZ starting at $100k per annum

What does Xactimate offer that an experienced estimator can't put together in this market with an Excel spreadsheet... is it organizaiton, the take-off, or what?
 

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What does Xactimate offer that an experienced estimator can't put together in this market with an Excel spreadsheet... is it organizaiton, the take-off, or what?
All of the above. Basically 99% of Insurance Companies "require" XM8 (Xactimate) and most commercial projects are requiring (because of performance bond underwriting is through Insurance Companies).

I love/hate XM8.....I can whip through 90% of estimates quickly but those darn roof sketches HATE me. If it wasn't for everything in the estimate being based off the sketch then I would absolutely love the program EXCEPT for the cost.
 

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All of the above. Basically 99% of Insurance Companies "require" XM8 (Xactimate) and most commercial projects are requiring (because of performance bond underwriting is through Insurance Companies).

I love/hate XM8.....I can whip through 90% of estimates quickly but those darn roof sketches HATE me. If it wasn't for everything in the estimate being based off the sketch then I would absolutely love the program EXCEPT for the cost.
I've always done'em on Exce or in my Professional days Timberline... Just looked at the Xactimate website viewed their on demand P&P presentation on the P&P module... but it sounded like you would need to add the Repair module for Insurance claim work. What I'm trying to find out is...do you load your own local costs of sub quotes, and of course what's the cost of the program?
 
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