Home builder is building a 3000 sq ft home, and asked me to give him a price. I have a set of plans and the home is large. Never having bid on a project before, I really have nothing to go by but a price of 2.25-2.50 per sq foot, to build it to code and everything else a t&m price. My problem is that I don't have the capital to lay out for the material at this time. I really don't want to go into home building as it is too cut-throat and demanding, but one home at a time would seem to be manageable , and I wouldn't be jeopardizing my service oriented business. I explained my lack of experience in contracting to the h.o., and he asked me to bid anyway. What should I do to ensure that I don't get ripped off? I am not out to make a killing, I just want to ensure that I get my hourly rate, and reimbursed for materials? Any advice would surely be appreciated. Thanks
Honestly, do you have a contractor friend who can do this house with you?
One who has the credit with the supply houses to get the material? Experience doing these installs?
You'd be surprised at how much this will affect your service business. This house will take you 2-3 times longer than you figure.
If you want to do it on your own. Go to your local supply house and talk to them about credit. Get ready to work 18 hour days for about 2 months. 8-10 on this house, the rest on your service customers (if you let them down, they will do somewhere else)
Get a sizable deposit before your start the project (1/3-1/2) this will give you some working capital.
I'm getting cold feet already. I wouldn't consider taking a job on like this without a contract gone over by my lawyer, that I don't have anyway, and considerable up front money from the homeowner. I also got advice while working for a contractor in the past who reminded me of all the times he had been ripped off. Best to leave this one alone, I guess. How do I tell the homeowner that it is too much responsibility and risk for me to handle without sounding like a wimp?
Talk to your local inspectors, they are great for this type of thing. They may know the builder, know his track record, and may know other trades who have done work for him before. And it's free...
Capital? Look into business credit lines from your bank, use what you need and pay it off...
Don't start pulling wires in walls until the plumber is completely done, same with HVAC. Same with the framers, otherwise you may be installing and uninstalling/moving wires because of them, make sure this is known to the builder first.....