Construction & building

How to Deal with Mistakes in Construction Bids

States have varying laws and rules for dealing with construction bid mistakes. Even your locality or construction agency, municipality, or country can have unique rules covering construction bid mistakes. Fact mistakes on a bid allow you to withdraw an offer without forfeiting the bond. Factual errors can be mathematical or clerical, including number transposition, typographic, and decimal points misplacement.

Clerical Errors

To withdraw a bid based on clerical errors, you must meet other criteria. For instance, its submission must have been in good faith with credible evidence proving errors with the different aspects of the paperwork. Also, you must prove that you notified the contractor about the mistake’s owner promptly.

Also, prove that it’s impossible for the contract’s enforcement by the owner because of the error, and relying on the bid can be detrimental.

Judgment Mistakes

Judgment mistakes include an inaccurate estimate of the materials and labor that a task requires. Misinterpreting a project’s specifications is also a judgment mistake. Unfortunately, a judgment error has little recourse if it is after bid opening.

That’s because you can’t withdraw the bid because of a judgment error at this time without a penalty. In this case, the lower bidder has no option but to forfeit their bid bond. And they can even have to pay the difference between the erroneous bid and the lowest bid. Whether it’s private or public work, you’re allowed to modify or withdraw your bid before the bid date.

Final Thoughts

Estimating construction work and submitting bids is stressful. Nobody wants to deal with bid withdrawal because of silly mistakes. Therefore, take your time to read bidding documents and understand their content. Also, seek clarification from the project owner or the architect before bidding. Also, attend the pre-bid meetings and double-check your calculations and figures. That way, you can avoid dealing with mistakes in construction bids.…

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Using Tablets and Smartphones in Construction Sites

A fellow friend of mine that owns GT Roofing & Construction, shares with me that he uses his iPad Pro for all his construction and roofing projects. You’ve probably seen foremen with powerful tablets and smartphones at different construction sites. This may have prompted you to ask, what are tablets and smartphones for at construction sites? Well, these devices are the same as the other tools that foremen use at building sites. 

Over the last decades, the construction industry has continued to embrace technology, Architect is among the construction aspects that technicians and engineers have focused on heavily. Using modern technology and devices like tablets, contractors, and engineers are scheduling their projects better and designing better. Here’s how tablets and smartphones are used on construction sites. 

Plan Viewing 

Foremen are using tablets and smartphones for plan viewing purposes. Using these devices, foremen are keeping their teams up-to-date with the most updated sheets. This ensures that nobody loses track of the on-site logistics because plans are readily available. 

Task Management 

With tablets and smartphones on-site, everybody is assigned duties and deadlines set with a single click. Progress updates can be viewed and priorities established from the job site. Scheduling and meetings are now effortless since everything is easily documented. 

Easy Tracking 

Tablets and smartphones make inspections and punch lists more simplified. That’s because these devices can be used to organize photos based on their location and trade. And, this can be done during a walkthrough. Since construction site data is stored in the cloud, reports can be assembled within minutes and sent faster. 

Boosting Productivity 

Only what can be measured can be improved. With the use of tablets and smartphones, time can be stamped and communications archived. This provides a more accurate picture of the reality on the ground. That way, focusing on areas that might make your budget or schedule slide becomes easier. 

The benefits of using tablets and smartphones in construction sites are unlimited and unmistakable. Therefore, check whether the contractor that you hire and their foreman uses these devices at the construction site to ensure smooth and efficient completion of your project. …

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