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Bid or Estimate, which word do you use?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by monoshock, Aug 20, 2013.


What "word" do you use when talking to a customer? BID or Estimate

  1. I use estimate.

    3 vote(s)
  2. I use bid.

    3 vote(s)
  3. I just look em in the eye and say,"How much you got?".

    3 vote(s)
  1. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,319

    a. An offer or proposal of a price.
    b. The amount offered or proposed

    1. To calculate approximately
    2. To form an opinion about; evaluate

    Which work do you use when talking to a customer about a job?

    I always use BID.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013
  2. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,704

    I say estimate for the "just in case you run into something unexpected" issue. I guess by "bidding" you could add extra into it for that specific reason, but what if you ran into a situation where that extra you planned for was far exceded? Then you just eat the cost because you HAVE TO do the job for what you bid? I guess every job and situation is different and using the term bid or estimate could be chosen depending on the scope and details of the job at hand.
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    Proposal......when accepted becomes a contract....
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    Estimate leads to proposal leads to contract leads to check. This isn't storage wars, I don't bid. Unless you're talking work that is bid, like low bidder govt contracts.
  5. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    Estimate for Resi, Bid for commercial
  6. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,319

    I guess that why I use bid, I've been a Gov-ment employee for many many years.

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