Scope Development for Unplanned Repair Projects
Unplanned building repair projects can be tricky, especially if it’s sizable enough where a competitive bid is required. An important aspect of this type of job is getting a high-quality scope. However, not everyone has the technical knowledge or resources to develop one, so you’re often left with substantial differences in contractor pricing & project understanding. Below is a method I use when I’m not versed in a particular project or trade.
Spend your own time developing a practical scope and put it to paper. This can serve as your “Master Scope” where all your research & ideas about how to best complete the job will go.
Invite your bidding contractors to a site visit to help develop the project’s requirements. Typically contractors don’t mind being apart of the design process, truth be told, they like to asset their expertise.
Following the site visit(s), refine you “Master Scope.” Create a concise bidding document that includes the your input as well as the contractor’s recommendations. Use only the ideas that make the most sense from a project completion and financial perspective.
Lastly, send out the “Master Scope” for final review to the vendors who had assisted in its’ design. At this phase, you just want ensure everything is covered and no details are missing.
You can now send your finished scope out to bid to your other contractors