Re: Hopelessly old fashioned?
Personally, I think bid fees are in poor taste and bad for business, especially for small jobs that will only take a short period of time to do, hence, no need for a protracted bid time or charging of fees. If you wanted to replumb your house or other major work, then I can see a small bid fee, however, I still think it's a small mind that has to scr-ape at pennies. Give the bid for free, win the job honestly, and add a little to the job for your bid time.
I've gotten into more than one argument with fellow contractors over the charging of bid fees. They say it's putting value on their time, regardless of how it looks or feels to the potential customer. I say, omit the fee to look at a job and you'll win a long term client and more work for your time and efforts. The other side of this coin is that those charging bid fees are not looking for high quality, long term clients, they're looking for volume.
I would recommend to continue looking for bids from companies you feel good about than to arbitrarily pay fees just to get someone to look at your house.
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