This is something we NEVER engage in, being a conflict of interest. In this case it would be on a first come, first served basis. It is a very rare occurrence, but we are committed to keeping an ethical approach to the business
After the bid is finalized in our software program, and the quoted material has come in from the suppliers. We prepare a proposal, or if the client prefers, we just assemble a scope of work and exclusions list for the client to copy/paste into their proposal. If the prime contractor or client has any questions pertaining to the bid we would have the direct estimator for the project give a detailed response on any questions that arise
Put simply, NO. This would be entirely up to the contractor of how much they would like to invest into estimating/designing a project. We never commit a contractor to a project until we are approved to pursue the estimate. We always give a fixed quote of how many hours it would take to bid the project so the contractor is fully aware of the investment so there are NO HIDDEN COSTS.
We utilize the latest ACCUBID Pro 13 software which also include live count, a web-based take-off program which guarantees 100% accuracy. We find ACCUBID to be the fastest and easiest to breakdown to give our clients an easy to read and use synopsis of the enitre bid