Bidding + Negotation


The owner typically has two options for selecting a contractor to construct a project.


You may have already selected a contractor (or construction manager) based on qualifications, capabilities and/or referrals. If this is the case, the contractor will put the drawings out to bid with multiple subcontractors at this time. Typically, 80-90% of the project is competitively bid, depending on the level of self-performance the general contractor is capable of. The contractor will then select the best bids from the subcontractors, and put together an overall project bid. The owner can then negotiate the terms with the contract including their fee and if there is a guaranteed maximum price.


If you did not get a contractor involved in the design phase, the next step is putting the drawings and specification out to bid with two or more contractors. We are able to assist you in selecting contractors who are a good fit for your project and in evaluating the bids.

There are positives and negatives to both processes. Either way, it’s important to determine the method of contractor selection early in the process.

During this phase, the project is also submitted to the local building department for review for compliance with codes and regulations. The time frame for permit approval varies depending on your project’s size, complexity and the speed of the local jurisdiction. Fees for permitting are often built into the contractor’s costs.