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Checklist: What to Look for in a Good Drylining Proposal

Date: Wed 1st September 2021

When you put a drylining job out to tender you’re going to get a wide range of proposals sent back. Knowing how to spot the good ones will help you award the job to the best fit drylining contractor every time.

Here are 10 tips for spotting a good drylining proposal, so you’re not left with unfinished work, extended lead times, or increased pricing.

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Is the specification clear and understandable?

The proposal should be easy to read and comprehend. Clarity indicates that a drylining company is open, honest, and trustworthy. The written elements, sizing and pricing must all be clear, so you know: exactly what you’re getting, how it’s going to be carried out, and for what price.


Does it have elements missing?

If it’s not written down, don’t assume it’s included. If it’s not in black and white, there is no way to hold them accountable for the delivery. This may seem straight forward, but you’d be surprised how many times essentials are missed on a proposal. Then they’re charged as an additional service.


What’s not included?

On the other side of this, the contractor may assume you want something doing which you might not. You need to know what isn’t included in a proposal so you can factor that in as a separate cost. This is why transparency is so important. Both parties need to agree on the scope of work.


Is the pricing competitive?

A fair balance between providing quality and a fair price is what you are looking for here. The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ rings true. You may pay more for an experienced contractor using quality materials than a ‘cheap and cheerful’ business, but you will be happy you did.


Is it too cheap?

A handyman with cheap materials might be ok for a single home improvement but they can’t deliver on big projects. Looking for a quick solution by selecting the cheapest proposal may come back to haunt you if the quality is bad or the delivery is poor.


Can you spot value-engineered savings?

You want to keep an eye out for value-engineered savings, these are ways of reducing the price of a job without skimping on quality. This could be using an alternative product or method that might only be known by experts but will save you time and money. Having the knowledge to find these savings comes from experience.


Do they have accreditations?

Qualifications and certifications tell you you’re going to get a high standard job. These can include ISO 14001 for environmental management. ISO 9001 for quality management. Or CHAS for risk management standards. Being compliant throughout the supply chain keeps the site safe and responsible.


What’s the track record of the company?

Examples of past jobs show they’re capable of consistently completing projects on the same scale as yours. Knowing how they have delivered on previous tenders will give you a good idea of how they’ll perform for you. Don’t skip this due diligence, look for companies who get repeat business from similar size jobs.


Is the workforce pre-qualified and fully trained?

If a contractor has five workers on site, but suddenly needs twenty – where will they get them? If they have a pre-qualified work force, then they can bring in trusted workers. One way to do this is through a traffic light system. This way you know if you need to quadruple your work rate you've got proven workers on site, with qualifications such as SSSTS, CSCS, Trained and Insured.


Do they have a monitored quality control system in place?

This is important after a proposal has been accepted, because even the best proposal doesn’t guarantee good work. But if you have a good proposal, then any requests to improve the standard of the work can be backed up by the agreed to terms. Monitor progress and make sure everything is being done according to the scope and standard that’s been agreed upon. This way there are no nasty surprises at the end.


These considerations will make sure you’ve vetted any drylining proposal thoroughly, so you can be confident in the quality of the work. Some people think drylining is drylining, but we all know it comes down to quality and attention to detail. It’s worth a deeper look into the proposal to reduce the number of complications and find cost savings along the way.


If you’d like to discuss any of the tips in further detail, then give us a call on 01795 410477

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