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06/17/2009

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Prior to submitting your bid ensure that you know what the material specs are. provide those spec to your supplier, and ensure that his quote to you the prime or sub states that his material price and quantity meets those specs (in writing) also on your submitted ensure that you state that material quantity & quality is based solely on supplier availability. This ensures that all the facts are out in the open from jump street. it also dictates some contractual terms & requirements in your bid as well as the quote received from your supplier. Granted their are those that say nobody would ever accept a bid /quote like that, but those are the same folks that think you cannot get paid bi-weekly without giving up a portion of your profits. I've been doing it this way from the beginning and it works for me.

I agree with RLG that it is an excellent practice to require a material supplier to state in writing that the materials comply with the specifications. In terms of a contractor including a "supplier availability" caveat in a bid or proposal, this would be fine on a private project if the owner does not object. On a publicly bid project, however, it would almost certainly render the bid nonresponsive.....Bruce Jervis, Editor, Construction Claims Advisor

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