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05-23-2007, 09:04 PM
Does anyone have a bid quote template form for itemizing a walk through on a new construction prewire?
Client wants an itemized list with pricing. Wants every detail down to a gnats butt.
Jobs worth it! Its about 8000 sq feet. With Voice, Data, audio, video, cctv, security, intercom, etc. The whole works. They want a list of each line and item going in each of the rooms.
Any type of itemized template form would be greatly appreciated!

05-23-2007, 09:24 PM
well, I wouldn't do that deal...he's gonna shop your bid, your ideas and demand you lower the price or he goes away....I would ask him to tell me, "how many wires are going where"...and bid that.....then play it by ear, do a change order for anything he adds....those CO's are cost plus always.... I would not give him a perfect info/bid to shop around jmo...gl

05-24-2007, 01:33 AM
Hi Eric,

You already know my procedures with Site Surveys, and I Always charge a Site survey fee also...

I think I still have your e-mail address, but just in case, send me a note to doc@swartzelinstallation.com and I will send you what I have, and maybe I can modify my sheet for you...

05-24-2007, 01:33 AM
I would estimate about $ 30-35 a wire including audio . When I get a customer like this I give a few quotes . A basic quote ( minimal wiring )
normal wiring quote and a then quote with every wire possible . That way the customer has a choice and not just a low bid . Also charge a few hundred for a bid that is refundable when they sign the contract .

05-24-2007, 07:47 AM
Do NOT itemize.
He will take it to everyone including his brother-in-law to shop for the lowest bid.
Sell him on your quality, knowledge, references and overall sales skills, otherwise you will give it away to some hack.

05-24-2007, 10:36 AM
Depending on the layout, I would probably bid the labor at $.50 to $1.00 per square foot . . . and cost of materials . . . coax, boxes, wire, plates, etc. When you do it like this you will need to keep accurate records of all materials used so you can bill him later.

I would also recommend using a program like Plan-Um to do the layout. Check it out here:

Plan-Um (http://www.specialized.net/ecommerce/shop/layout.asp?product%5Fid=335X423)

And as others have said . . . DO NOT ITEMIZE . . . unless you want to be shopped and nit-picked to death. Plus charge the customer a nominal fee for preparing the quote and offer to deduct it from the bill if you are awarded the job. :)

05-24-2007, 12:51 PM
That Plan-Um looks like a nice little package, Gadget...

05-24-2007, 05:55 PM
Does that software really work?

$75.00 seems pretty cheap compared to $5k or more for D-tools.

05-25-2007, 12:43 AM

Glad you got the Spread Sheet... BTW, are we going to see you in Reno???

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09-09-2008, 02:54 PM
Unless this is a government bid, do not itemize.

Not only will they shop you, but they will use your info to give their brother-in-law the job (heck, it can't be that hard).

And you can get locked into those prices for future jobs in the area.

Big or complicated jobs require a site survey - we do not charge for these - but most strip mall, dentist office-type work does not require a site survey once you have been in the business for awhile.

We have NEVER submitted such a bid.