Competition is getting fierce for contractual painting. Painting companies are trying to outbid one another to land the job. If you have been just providing painting services to the neighborhood and want to expand your business then you have to join the bidding wars. You need to learn how to write a professional bid to be considered by the owners. Here are the steps and some tips to help you start out.
- Get the measurements and all the details needed for the paint job. Do not forget the cabinets, the small spaces and everything else that the owner wants to be painted. Ask them if they have a particular color scheme in mind and input your ideas, this will make them acknowledge that you are interested in doing the job and hearing what they have to say.
- Estimate the manpower you would need if any. List down all the materials you will need to finish the job, documents or legal permits that would fall under your jurisdiction. It is better to have these things all sorted out before you turn to the paper.
- Once you have gathered all the information you need, get your company’s letterhead and begin composing. It would be like applying for a job only this time you will be representing the company. Like any standard business letter, start with the date you intend to give the proposal followed by the details of the client and the salutation.
- The body of the letter should advise the enclosed estimates of the project if you would be able to do it. Keep in mind that this is the cover letter, you have to make it stand out from the rest but keep it professional. Aside from informing the clients of the attached costs, include a brief summary of the past painting projects you handled. If your company has received any award then do not hesitate in adding that too.
- Include also additional options for the client such as choosing their own brand of paint for example but advising that cost may vary and the attached estimate is the based on quality materials that you have tried, tested and guaranteed.
- End your letter with “sincerely or respectfully” to show how professional you are then your name, designation, company name and contact number.
- The next page should include your quote for the project. Remember though that even though the page will just show figures and lists of materials, Make it creative by adding an “Estimate” Or “Quote” in a creative font on the center of the paper. You can also add a logo of a paint can or a brush to keep the client engrossed.
- Have different samples of color scheme and contrasting by adding swatches or computerized photos of how you visualize the turnout of the room after painting. Make it two to three samples for the client to have options.
- Make sure you have your contact details on the Estimates page because the cover letter can sometimes be just set aside. Ask for a time frame and leave a message for them to call you back once they have decided.
- Be honest. Do not sacrifice quality to come up with a lower bid. This will have negative effects on your painting business in the end.
These are the steps in writing a professional bid for painting interior houses. Follow it and land that painting contract.