Once you’ve identified specific projects and contractors looking for bids, it’s time to prepare a bid for them. While all bids are different, a key aspect of bidding is unit pricing. ADOT maintains a searchable historical price index, which allows you to see how others have priced the same items in the past. This database can be found on the ADOT website.
In general, it is important to be clear about the scope of work you propose to do, the items included in your quote, and any items that are excluded. The specific project you are providing a quote for and how long the quote will remain valid are also important to include.
Prime contractors appreciate bids from potential subcontractors that are complete without exclusions. This enables them to assemble a team of subcontractors without having gaps in the required work.
Along with pricing, you’ll also want to demonstrate to the contractor that you’re experienced, skilled, and financially equipped to handle the project. The prime contractor might also require you to obtain a surety bond. If you are new to bidding on ADOT projects, or if you just feel your bid could use a boost, consider seeking advice from business specialists or well-established contractors. For tools and information that may help you do this, see the DBE/Small Business Assistance page.
Three different quote examples, provided by a local contractor as demonstrations of acceptable quote documentation, can be found below: