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Unread 06-06-2015, 07:54 PM   #61
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We always have alternates and allowances within our bid. Majority of our jobs will have the structure/slab installed or awarded before the interior package is bid. We will base our floor prep allowance off previous performances of the concrete contractor on other jobs or specific site conditions. The GCs understand that flatness is usually an issue that needs corrected. They just don't like being blindsided by an enormous prep charge when the job has already ran out of time and money. If they bid their numbers based off your estimated allowance for prep, things can run more smoothly when problems occur or if you do run over the estimated allotment.

Using historic data within your company you can get a generalized number for prep $/sf. Similar to estimating thinset and grout by the square foot. On large projects I don't estimate how many bags it will take for grout and thinset I just use a $/sf for setting/grout materials to move the bid along.
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