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    I am an estimator now....

    How the heck can I find some taco bells or pizza huts to bid on? How do people find out about ground up opportunities for chains like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amon View Post
    How the heck can I find some taco bells or pizza huts to bid on? How do people find out about ground up opportunities for chains like that?
    In my area we have a thing called the Builder's Exchange. They do many services such as filing notices to owner, but they also have a bid board. You have to belong to see the requests, but once you bid several, the contractors who do certain things, like Pizza Huts, Darden restaurants, mall buildouts, etc. will start sending you requests straight in. For future, you can also get the name of the Construction managers on project currently going and reach out to them to get on their future bid list.


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    Contact corporate and ask how to bid in your area.
    Never bid those, but did bid similar and they were very low profit margins and would call back asking for lower price due to finding, "an other who was lower but we would like to work with you!"
    Look in your newspaper classifieds, call your local municipals and ask how.
    Pay for bid sheets, Dodge report, etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amon View Post
    How the heck can I find some taco bells or pizza huts to bid on? How do people find out about ground up opportunities for chains like that?
    you could consider looking outside of Denver.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by romex jockey View Post
    you could consider looking outside of Denver.....


    https://youtu.be/oiapLNsB5fE

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    The problem is we have too much out of state work ha.

    Emailed and called over 30 GCs today. Already got some prints emailed over. THanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amon View Post

    Emailed and called over 30 GCs today. .
    30 ? omg....
    the star wars bar scene comes to mind....



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    Quote Originally Posted by Amon View Post

    Emailed and called over 30 GCs today. Already got some prints emailed over. THanks everyone.
    Sure.... they'll always shop numbers, keep their current contractors honest... and remember your only as good as you last bid.
    Here today, gone later today... good luck, try not to spin your wheels too much with them...
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    Bidding out of town GC's and Taco Bells is a race to the bottom

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdslotz View Post
    Bidding out of town GC's and Taco Bells is a race to the bottom
    Taco Bells maybe, but out of town I don't agree with. Not is this environment. I have done quite well on out of town contractors. Some of them are having trouble getting multiple bids. I would rather bid a restaurant or a little strip mall shop than say, a local fire station that gets 6 local GC's each with their own two or three electricals. BTW, I used to feel the way you do, I have adjusted my thinking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strathead View Post
    Taco Bells maybe, but out of town I don't agree with. Not is this environment. I have done quite well on out of town contractors. Some of them are having trouble getting multiple bids. I would rather bid a restaurant or a little strip mall shop than say, a local fire station that gets 6 local GC's each with their own two or three electricals. BTW, I used to feel the way you do, I have adjusted my thinking.
    Most out of town GC's come into town to build a chain store/restaurant that they have built a hundred times. They know exactly how much the electrical should run. Your bid to them is the starting point to negotiation.
    At that point, it's a buyout auction to see who will take it 20% lower than the known cost. Not to mention the fast track nature of these jobs means you have completed most of the job and spent all your material money before you receive your first check. Then when the job is done and tacos are being sold, you have to fight for you final payments and change orders and the GC is gone.....no thanks

    As far as having 6 GC's with each having 2 or 3 of their EC's, I like those situations much better. I will only work with my GC and bid not the other 5. I have good honest relationships with my GC.

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