How PlanHub Helps Make Creating and Finding RFPs Easier Than Ever

June 10, 2020

If you need specific work done by a subcontractor in the industry, then one of the most common ways you outline the nature of that project is by creating a Request for Proposal (RFP). An RFP’s purpose is to let any subcontractor or company who might be bidding on a job know exactly what that specific project might entail. In short, general contractors outline and describe what they need from subcontractors so they can decide whether this is a job they should be applying for, or if what the general contractor needs is outside their area of expertise.

Details to Include in a Request For Proposal

When putting together a Request for Proposal, it's important to include all the necessary details about the project that your subcontractor is going to need to know in order to evaluate their fit for your project. For instance, the RFP should have what needs to be done and to what extent (pipe replacement, bathroom remodeling, foundation repair, landscaping, etc.), where the project is located, the start date, and the expected completion time. In short, it’s essential to have all factors in place so that subcontractors who bid on a job can accurately estimate how to complete it and what it will cost them to do so.

The Importance of Creating RFPs

As a general contractor, it’s essential for you to describe the job in question, and what you need done, with the greatest level of accuracy possible in order to receive the replies and estimates that will be the best fit. If you leave key details out, or the job is actually much bigger or complicated than your RFP would lead one to believe, then you're going to end up with subcontractors who can't actually do the job with the skills and tools they have on-hand. Or, if they can actually complete the job, they certainly won't be able to do so for the price they originally quoted when all the details weren't present.

RFPs, Keywords, and Construction Jobs in The Modern Day

RFPs are crucial for both general contractors and subcontractors alike. If you're a construction company looking for new projects to bid on, then RFPs and bidding software are your friend when it comes to finding new business in today's construction landscape. With so many available jobs out there, it really pays to be able to search through projects using keywords to help separate the wheat from the chaff, ensuring that you can find all the jobs in a certain category at the push of a button. Time is money, and the longer it takes you to come across a job the greater the chances are that another company’s proposal will be accepted.

PlanHub is an online bidding software that provides subcontractors with the access they need in order to find the projects that fall within their specified search terms. PlanHub helps you sift through all the available RFPs and focus on the ones you should actually be bidding on. Whether you want to search based on a geographic area, or if you're limiting your search to concrete pouring for driveways, electrical installations, or bathroom remodeling, PlanHub can help you narrow your search for fresh RFPs to ensure that you're not wasting valuable time you could be spending on a batch of fresh jobs.

At PlanHub, our software is here to help you find the jobs that suit you best, and to expand your business into tomorrow. For more information about RFPs and how PlanHub can help both general contractors and subcontractors with the construction bidding process, simply contact us today!