Bidding Bonanza

Every now and again we receive opportunities to bid on large projects. There is one in particular that I’m thinking of that is a job to replace all of the exterior lighting for an entire storage facility. This job is so big that it will take a crew of three men approximately 2 weeks to complete it.

The kicker is that each of the lights are about $1000 ea. and there are quite a few to replace. A lot of times you will submit a bid and never really expect it to come to pass, and then it does. On the other hand, there are those that you say to yourself “We will get this one” and it slips through you fingers. You never know.

So for now, we will continue to bid on large projects and you never know which one you’ll get until the contract is signed.

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Sign, Sign, Sign

Every now and again we get a smart character that slithers around signing a contract. However, it usually happens when things are busy and after the submission of a bid. The customer calls and say “OK, go ahead and do the job”. Then the job is scheduled and/or the work is being performed. This happened yesterday, but it didn’t affect us much. The customer is an old time owner of several apartments and houses. We knew the cash was available for payment and we had worked for this person before so even though we had begun the new project, we didn’t see any need for alarm.

When we finished the job, we went to collect and the customer said; “Can you give us a discount?”. To which was replied; “How do you figure?”. The bill was paid however, we granted a one time discount to the customer for $100.00. This appeased the customer and it didn’t break the bank on our end.

Lessons learned 101: Have your customer sign the contract.

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

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If you need an estimate, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Appointments

Appointments. Everyone makes appointments. Some for love and some for hate, some for work and some for play. It seems that everyone, no matter how industrious or how lazy a person may be, we all make appointments. Two weeks ago I received a call from a person that needed a quote on electrical work to be done at their home. They said that they could meet with me the following Monday. I said that would be fine and left it at that. The next Monday came and the person sent a text saying that they were not feeling well and said that they would call to rescheduled when their flu subsided. No problem.

Well they called a week later and asked if I could meet with them on Monday at 9:00. Well I had already scheduled a service call for that time so I asked if 12:00 would be ok. They said yes that would be ok. Monday morning rolled around and I received a text from them that said. I’m sorry I have been called into work I can meet Wednesday at 12:00 pm and that they would call to confirm Wednesday morning. “OK” I said “see you Wednesday at Noon”. Wednesday came and there was not a confirmation text so I sent a text of my own, “Are we still on for today?” promptly a text came back that said; “yes”. Around 11:15 a text came in that said; “I’ve been called into work all day today, I will  have to reschedule.” They then stated that they would call or text when they had the time.

Whew. I had others around me telling me not to go however, this is the nature of contracting sometimes. It does raise a few red flags, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it was intentional. You never know this may be a great contact for our company. And you never know when you might find a diamond in the rough.

If you need an estimate, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Bid Calculation

Calculating a bid is touchy. You have to hit the sweet spot when bidding because lets face it, everyone wants more for less. Detailed bidding is a must at least on your side of things. What I mean is, you need to go through the footwork before submitting anything to the potential customer. What most contractors do is purchase bidding software. I happened upon a great video explaining how to bid from an electrical engineer and that gave me the basis to start the process. I also built a few calculators from other videos in excel. With the software that I built I can enter a number into a predetermined cell that already has the calculation established for everything I will need as well as taxes, overhead and materials.

Still this doesn’t always get you to the promised land with a bid. What each bid needs is the personal element of knowing the project. It’s hard to deal with a rejection of a proposal when you put so much time into it but you must remember when you submit a bid it’s touch and go like the old saying goes; “like water off a ducks back”.

If you need an electrician call us.

951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton and Cabazon,

 

Pay attention to details

The other day we got a text from a customer that wanted exterior lighting attached to a commercial building, seen here. In a text he said; ” LED Wall Packs with photo sensors”. It went right over our head and on our contract it made no reference of “Wall Packs” so, we proceeded to install commercial grade LED floodlights. After we had installed the floodlights, we had another job with the same customer at the same property, to removed old high pressure sodium vapors and then to replaced them with new low pressure sodium vapor lighting, seen here.

Here is how the problems occurred. For one there weren’t any specifications mentioned in the contract that we sent to him nor did the customer send us any specifications on what fixtures he wanted installed. So when the customer looked at our original proposal, he was assuming that the text that he had sent several days earlier was understood and, that we were going to install the wall packs with sensors. However, without specifications during the drafting of our proposal, we had set in motion to begin designing a system that would work in that application. It simply slipped through the cracks within the estimate and was not noticed by either the customer or our company. After seeing the estimate, the customer sent another text that said; “Estimate approved”. So, from there we proceeded with our design which was to install LED floodlights that were controlled by a Timer.

After the installation was complete, I sent a video of the completed project to the customer. After that, we moved forward and started the next project to remove and install new sodium vapor lights. So, when we finished that project, we sent the customer another video showing him the completed project. When we sent an invoice to collect payment, the customer made mention via text telling us that we didn’t do what he had asked. Imagine the consternation and our dismay to this statement. I called him back straightway. The customer went on to say that the lighting was fine however, he had assumed that we were going to install that which he had requested via his text. This is one of the examples as to why contracts and specifications are a must. Remember that contracts become binding once the contract is signed. The customer was understanding and understood that this just fell through the cracks. We will do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen again. We had no intention to deceive or take advantage of this good customer and we were very sorry about this mishap but you must always pay attention to details.

If you need an electrician call us.

951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton and Cabazon,

Bidding from abroad

We have worked on hundreds of projects. So many in fact you almost get a “gut feeling” when you meet a contractor or a customer. A feeling that you get on whether or not they are a good source or influence or bad. But sometimes, you can’t really read someone until you do a transaction or interact with them. This was the case several years ago when I got a call from a “friend” who needed electrical work on a project. One of our electricians had this “gut feeling” about this contractor and voiced it to us. We proceeded with the project in spite of the warning and we ended up with a major headache. The project, which was in Palm Desert, CA. was for a “friend” and low and behold, that “friend” ran off with $15,000 of the homeowners money. The homeowner felt that we could have been involved somehow however, we were not. Thankfully, we were not under contract with either the homeowner or the “friend”. That “friend” ended up in jail and we dodged a bullet. We were truly sorry that the homeowner underwent a lot of turmoil however, we were justified in that we were not involved with the theft of his money. We helped in anyway that we could with law enforcement to make sure that the truth was brought to the surface and the truth came out. Many prayers were going up and the Lord delivered us in truth.

The point is, if you get a “gut feeling” or a warning from someone you trust, then go with it. You may save yourselves several months or even years of trouble. It will be difficult at first but that’s far better than years of pain. We recently had a similar “gut feeling” with a contractor that we searched out online in whom we thought was a legitimate contractor. Turns out, he was inviting us to bid out his projects then in turn not giving us the work. It was like we were his bidding software or something. He called when I told him that we were going to charge him a percentage of the overall contract in order to pay for the time we were spending on bidding on his jobs. All he was doing was whining about this and that. Later that night, that “gut feeling” came on strong and we broke off our future engagements with him and stopped all bidding. He not only was using our numbers, he was also not signing our proposals and the reason for that was that in all of our proposals it states; “both parties must sign this agreement in order for it to become a binding contract”. Since this contractor didn’t sign the proposal and in turn we did not place our signature on it then the contracts is void. Thanks to Mike Holt’s instructional bidding template we instituted these terms into our bids. Not only does it protect the homeowner or contractor, it protects you from submitting a bid that you have the ability to walk away from if they refuse to sign.

If you need a bid call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

 

Estimates over the phone

Calls for estimates happen. Some people like to get a “quote over the phone” but that’s not necessarily the proper method to giving estimates.  If a potential customer wants a price over the phone, then most likely they are price shopping. But we have learned over the years that these over the phone estimates can be problematic. For instance when we submit a price over the phone it’s just about bound to change when we show up. Why? Well, if a customer is calling about a row of parking lot lights not working, like anything else it’s difficult to give a price over the phone because it could be a number of different problems. Yes it might be a simple fix but on the other hand, it may need a new contactor which is quite a large project. So if we quoted a customer (over the phone) for a photovoltaic sensor without being physically on the site then, find out when we get their that the job requires a new contactor then, the over the phone quote is thrown out the window and the estimate went from the hundreds to the thousands with a simple visit to the site.

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If you need residential or commercial assistance call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Solar Installation

Solar energy is a clean and effective way to energize your home. Plans to upgrade your home can be discussed with our staff. We can install Solar for your home at a cost that may seem a little intimidating however, it is a great way to cut your monthly bills. We can install your system in a very short time and you will be saving on your monthly bills right away. Can you imagine cutting your bills from $80 -$250 a month? that’s cash that you can use for other important things in your life. Please feel free to call JB Electric for an estimate to upgrade your out dated electrical system today!

 

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Bidding and Proposals

Often I’ll get a call from potential customers who want a “shotgun price” for everything right over the phone. This seldom works and I end up giving them the proper price when I show up. The best method I have found is, go look at the job. If they want a price over the phone, it’s not binding. So I take along my paperwork and get a good look at the amount of work that needs to be done and get the customer to sign the estimate. Never be too anxious to get started on any job. Just remember, most everyone of us is looking for a bargain however, you are not in business to give everything away.