Creating an Effective Elevator RFP
When it comes to writing or receiving contracts, the old proverb is undoubtedly correct: “The devil is in the details.” Fortunately, the details are also a place in a bid proposal where they spell out the most important aspects. We have found this to be true both for the bidder and the purchaser of elevator RFPs. First of all, it is essential to distinguish between an RFP, request for proposal, and an RFT, request for tender. An RFT is a bottom-line bid that names the elevator project and states what the bidder will do for the established purchase price. An RFP is an open-ended detailed proposal for projects with the purchase price not firmly established.
Steps in Creating an Effective Elevator RFP
Here are some of the factors to consider when devising a workable RFP:
- List the main concerns of the client. This requires a knowledge of the physical space and the client’s business model.
- Pay attention to factors that are important to the client: system payload, maintenance, appearance, servicing, inspection, upgrading.
- Express your expertise. Share a thorough list of references along with the name and credentials of those in your company who will be working on the project.
- Detail how all these factors will be included in the proposal.
Price Is Only One Consideration
Elevators are an essential part of every property with more than one story. Any building will only be as available, attractive, and functional as the elevators that service it. In your RFP, it is important to reflect on the necessity of establishing considerations such as safety, dependability, promptness of service, and eventual upgrading with the client regardless of who receives the ultimate bid. Regardless of where you are in the Baltimore-Washington, Delaware, or Virginia Areas, you can contact us at Action Elevator, for a consultation on your RFP.