Common Steps In The Public Bidding Process
As Tampa construction attorneys, we know the process for bidding on public projects can be overwhelming and time consuming, so we’ve prepared a brief overview of what contractors should expect when they see a public bid they are interested in, and what steps will follow.
Discovering A Bid And Meeting The Requirements
A public bid is typically advertised in a magazine, newspaper, or on a government website at least 30 days prior to the actual bid due date. To bid on these projects, you must look at the requirements to see if you are qualified. A Tampa construction lawyer can assist with the bid requirements, to see if you meet them. If you do, it is then required to secure the needed procured documents. Procured documents are an invitation to prospective suppliers of goods or services to submit a bid to work with the contractor, such as a subcontractor or material supplier.
Contractors must then review their procured documents, and if you decide you’re interested in bidding, you should attend the pre-bid conference, as well as inspect the potential job site. By doing an inspection beforehand, it will allow you to diagnose anything irregular that might encourage you to pass on the bid. Attending a pre-bid meeting will allow you to learn more about the project, clarify any concerns you may have, and gain a sufficient understanding of the scope of work.
If you decide to bid on the public project, the next step is to solicit and acquire bids from subcontractors. Then, you must estimate all costs associated with the project, prepare the bid, and submit it. It’s recommended that you read the bid requirements carefully, because it is sometimes required to list the name of any subcontractors, architects, or suppliers you will be hiring when submitting the bid. If this is the case,you must already know who you are hiring before the bid is due.bid is due.
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