Oh well, guess there’s next year.
got the call yesterday, been waiting for the December onslaught. They need an ALTA on an apartment complex, hafta close by EOY, so they need a survey by 12/24. I looked everything over, estimated hours, did the calcs, added a slight bump for rush (which she acknowledged was a rush) sent her a proposal for 16K. Might be a TAD high, but well within reason.
get this back just now:
“Thank you again for your bid. After discussion with my team and review of several competitive bids, we have chosen to go with another surveyor who’s bid came in at $8,750.00 and who will be able to have our draft survey available by 12/21/18.“
Original surveyor aint doing it- he’s retired years ago. So somebody is doing some nice charity work this holiday season...
Jeebus, the next surveyor I hear complain about how hard it is to make ends meet...
brokers make 2-3% easy on every deal with like zero liability at stake. Getting cut in half on half a percent at best...
but- it’s been a great year. I may just take the next three weeks off. Happy holidays!
Draft Survey by 12/21 with a "Hafta Close" by end of year! Good luck with that!
And just now another- ALTA on a c-store delivered in a week for 2k! (I said 5.)
I tell you, that pisses me off. I hope they told you that you'd be bidding on it.
I've gotten these desperate calls, and you stay late and work up a number, and then while you're thinking about how you're going to rearrange the work schedule, they tell you that someone else underbid you! Had I known that they were shopping around, I'd have passed.
uh... i reckon i figure it's usually a bidding situation on calls like this. and i assume i'm usually not the cheapest. and i still get enough of the work to keep me busy. but when i get told somebody is doing it for roundabout half of my estimate... that's just stupid. i've bought jobs to get clients before, so maybe it's that. twice. but i doubt it, since neither is likely to be a repeat client to anyone.
maybe just a weird day. i'll chalk it up to that for now. really, though, i've been in business 28 weeks yesterday. have plenty to do for the next 4. glad to be doing what i do.