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Rejecting Bids – Who Can and When Can They?

April 13, 2011

Pauline Purchaser has advertised a contract and is pleased by the number of bids she’s received.  When she opens the bids, much to her dismay, she discovers that all are way over budget.  As Pauline regroups to figure out what … Continued

Conflicts of Interest and Subcontractors

August 4, 2010

One of your city council members, Georgia Peach, is a plumber, and owns her own plumbing business, Peaches & Plumbs, LLP.  Peaches & Plumbs often subcontracts with one of the bigger and more reputable general contractors in town, Constructive Construction, … Continued

Low Bidder Limbo: When the Low Bid Is Too Low

November 10, 2009

You’ve just received bids on a construction project estimated (by your engineer) to cost about $2 million.  The lowest bid is for $1.5 million, and the next highest bid is $1.9 million, with the other bids ranging from $2.1 million … Continued

Prequalification: Good, bad, or indifferent?

October 20, 2009

Your local government is planning a major construction project, and the engineering firm working with you on the project has strongly recommended prequalifying contractors before bidding.  The engineer tells you that this will ensure that the bids you receive are … Continued

Contracting Without a License? Beware.

October 13, 2009

You’ve just received bids on a construction project costing $50,000, and discovered that the lowest bidder is not a licensed general contractor.  When you bring this to the bidder’s attention, she tells you that she will be licensed by the … Continued