The Tender Process: Residential Construction
15 September, 2021 | Mikala Chapman
The tender process is a significant venture for the homeowner, the architect, and the builder. Although the principal outcome for a tender is to obtain a price for the build, we firmly believe that the tender process should be about much more than just costs.
It is for this reason that our tender process is thorough and involves several personal meets to ensure that all parties concerned have the same expectations around the build process.
The Initial Meeting
This might be with just the homeowner or both the Architect and the homeowner. We will discuss the project design, site access, budget, wish-list and our procedures. This meeting is an essential part of our process, it is key to providing insight into whether the chemistry between all parties concerned is compatible. The construction process is a huge undertaking for everyone involved, it is vital that our values are aligned to ensure a smooth build process.
Creating a detailed tender package can be costly and takes a significant amount of time. If appropriate, prior to moving forward with the tender, we can provide a rough guide of build costs based on square meters and a brief overview of the construction.
This helps to gauge if we feel we can build the design within the client’s price range.
No two sites are the same, so it’s critical for us to visit the site in person and get a feel for the lay of the land. If the site has difficult or unusual access a second visit may be in order, perhaps with our demolition team, to ensure that we have a good understanding of the site’s possible challenges.
This meeting gives us the chance to sit down with the architect and the client to discuss any concerns, and to provide answers to any questions that have cropped up. It gives us the opportunity to talk about what to expect during the build process and to give an overview of what to expect in the tender package,
The Detailed Tender Package
We supply a comprehensive break down of all the build costs so that no guesswork is required. We’re all about transparency, having a clear breakdown makes contract administration so much easier using the standard ABIC construction contracts (and most other standard contracts on the market). We will suggest a preferred start time and our estimate for the project duration.
The Follow Up Meeting
After the tender submission we get together with the architect and the client to run through the tender in detail and answer any questions. We love working collaboratively with our architects through a contract administration build process, but if that’s not possible, we can also take the reins and work in direct partnership with the client. This meeting is also a great opportunity to further discuss the construction process, alleviate any concerns and to solidify the builder, client architect relationship.
Building a home is a huge financial and emotional commitment. While budget is always a significant factor, when choosing your builder, we believe that for a smooth and successful journey it is fundamental that values align.
At BIC Construction our three core values of professionalism, honesty and teamwork underpin all that we do. We commit to only work with architects and clients who expect a high quality in workmanship, mutually respect each other’s time, trust in our professionalism and value working cohesively as a team.
We love building dream homes for our clients. Our comprehensive tender process is the first step to ensure that achieving the goal of building an incredible home, is a wonderful experience.
Residential Custom Home Building – BIC Construction.