Insider Bid Management Tips for Real Estate Owners

It’s been firmly established that a well-run bidding process drives down costs on capital and construction projects while also reducing the risk of change orders and delays. As billions of dollars in project value have been run through our project management platform by some of the largest owners in North America, we’ve seen where best practices make a meaningful impact and where teams commonly falter.

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The Most Effective Bid Template for Construction Projects

While capital projects and construction projects can range from a simple painting job to an entire roof replacement, a real estate owner’s goal is always to increase the value of an asset or to make sure tenants are happy with their space. One of an owner’s best tools for making this happen is the ubiquitous bid form.

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Getting the Best Construction Bids from Your Contractors

When you open up your latest construction project for bids, plenty of vendors will likely respond but the quality of their bids will vary dramatically. From finding missing information to reworking line items for easier leveling to untangling crossed lines of communication, you will be responsible for doing what it takes to turn imperfect bid proposals into great construction estimates.

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Preparing Bid Documentation and Bid Forms for CRE Projects [CHECKLIST]

As with most multi-phase processes, commercial real estate capital and construction projects benefit enormously from diligent planning. As a matter of fact, considering the long timelines and large cost of CRE projects, real estate owners owe it to their stakeholders to dedicate meaningful time and resources toward careful preparation.

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How CRE Owners Optimize Project Bidding for More Profitable Outcomes

Like all entrepreneurial thinkers, commercial real estate owners want to refine and standardize as many business variables as possible, in order to control for better outcomes.

Project bidding—a process whose success depends on the accuracy of a trove of data points and the seamless collaboration of diverse industry practitioners—is one of the most sensible places to optimize.

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How long does the bid process take for most CRE projects?

For all its positives, properly bidding a project requires a major investment of time on the part of commercial real estate owners and their teams. Even simple bid processes require hours of preparation on the part of the project manager, and then typically require several days for the vendors to prepare their bids, followed by leveling, negotiation, and, finally, award.

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5 Reasons You Need Competitive Bidding on Your Projects


The real estate industry is built on relationships. You probably assume the service providers you’ve worked with for years are the best for your projects, and you may very well be right. Familiarity with process, company culture and mutual expectations are strong factors in favor of maintaining a go-to team.

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How Excel is Killing Your Bid Management (and How to Fix It)

We know that technology is essential in order to stay competitive, and the increased efficiency it allows can dramatically lower costs and save time.  It’s also true that, if we’re not careful, the tools we use can end up costing just as much time as they save.

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