For construction cost estimators, maintaining good relationships with general contractors (GCs) is critical for securing new work and completing projects successfully.
One strategy to strengthen these relationships is to use addendum lists to keep track of changes to contracts throughout the estimating and bidding process. Here's how:
1-Attending construction cost estimating training sessions
Attending construction cost estimating training sessions to develop skills in managing addendums and changes to contracts. These sessions can help you gain insights and strategies to effectively manage potential changes and avoid disputes.
2-Create a master list of these potential changes
As you begin the estimating process, take the time to review the contract documents carefully and identify any potential addendums that may arise. Create a master list of these potential changes, along with estimated costs and timelines.
3-Use this list to prepare a detailed and accurate estimate
Use this list to prepare a detailed and accurate estimate for the project. As part of the estimate, include a section that outlines your approach to managing addendums and changes to the contract. Highlight your commitment to keeping detailed notes and providing regular updates to the GC.
4-Submit your estimate, along with a sample list of changes
Submit your estimate, along with a sample list of changes and addendums that you have managed in the past. This will demonstrate your expertise and experience in managing these situations.
By using addendum lists in your estimating process, you can demonstrate to GCs that you are proactive, organized, and committed to delivering high-quality work. Additionally, keeping detailed notes on addendums can help you avoid disputes and ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.
Ultimately, building strong relationships with GCs requires a long-term commitment to open communication and trust. By demonstrating your expertise and professionalism in managing addendums and changes to contracts, you can establish yourself as a reliable partner for GCs in the construction industry.
According to an article from Construction Dive titled "Training the Next Generation of Skilled Workers" building and maintaining strong relationships with GCs is essential for construction cost estimators. To achieve this, one effective strategy is to manage addendums and changes to contracts using addendum lists. By attending cost-estimating training sessions, estimators can gain valuable insights into managing potential changes. Additionally, carefully reviewing contract documents can help identify potential addendums, which can then be added to a master list along with estimated costs and timelines.
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