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When the Lowest Bid is Best and When It Costs You the Most

by | Nov 2, 2021 | Asphalt, Commercial, Residential | 0 comments

As a business owner or maintenance manager, your goal is to add more money to your company’s bottom line.

When choosing an asphalt contractor, you want to save money.

But it’s easy to be penny wise and pound foolish.

There is nothing wrong with getting a great deal and saving money.

In fact, we’ve been the lowest bidder on projects on several occasions.

But what do you do when the lowest bid is thousands upon thousands of dollars lower than everyone else’s?

Is it the deal of a lifetime or a scam waiting to happen?

Local contractors can be tempted to skimp on materials or in other ways just like out-of-town companies.

Below is a 2-step guide you can use to evaluate whether the deal you are getting is a definite scam or not.

Step 1
Find out the cost of materials for your project.

What is the dollar cost of the materials spec-ed for your project?

Not all companies will tell you this, but most honest ones will. If you ask us, we will tell you how much the project costs in materials and labor.

Step 2
Compare the material cost to the total estimate.

Once we actually saw a company (we won’t name names for obvious reasons) provide an estimate that was so low it didn’t even cover material costs, much less labor, insurance, permits, bonds, overhead, etc.

If an estimate doesn’t cover every expense, then what is missing? Where are they getting their profit? Are they skimping on materials or using cheap, low-quality products? Are they skimping on labor or workmanship?

Skimping on materials is one of the most common asphalt scams in Utah because it is difficult to detect until it is too late.

Even reputable local companies skimp on materials sometimes to be more competitive or make extra profit.

Or is the company underinsured? Should a waterline be hit on your property, you will be left holding the bill if they do not carry adequate insurance.

At Top Job, we actually carry more than the legally required level of insurance to protect you.

The most important question to ask is how to minimize your costs both now and in the future.

What good does it do to save $5k today if you are just digging a money pit for your business to fall into next year?

Seal Coat Case Study

In an effort to minimize both long-term and short-term costs, Associated Foods’ Corporate Office in Salt Lake City, Utah wanted to find out which company’s seal coat service lasted the longest.

They knew that the longer their sealcoat lasted, the more money they would save for many years to come.

Associated Foods brought in the top companies in Utah and each one laid a seal coat test patch in their asphalt parking lot. Their parking lot is one of the highest traffic, highest wear, asphalt parking lots in all of Salt Lake.

The results were amazing. Top Job Asphalt’s premium seal coat not only looked better but held up longer and stronger under the enormous strain of constant semi-truck traffic.

Dollar for dollar, you cannot save more money, or experience less hassle, than by choosing Top Job Asphalt and their premium seal coat.

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You can see the proof for yourself if you drive by Associated Foods’ south entrance in Salt Lake.

 

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Pam Taylor
Pam Taylor
October 4, 2021.
My husband and I contracted with Top Job to asphalt the driveway at our cabin in Fish Haven, ID. Starting with Steve who gave us the estimate, to Teri, Sam and especially Kevin who headed the project was timely, professional, and exceptionally well done. They are an honest and reputable company. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is looking to asphalt. Pam
Tom Nelson
Tom Nelson
October 1, 2021.
Top Job Asphalt works extremely well to the satisfaction of each of their customers!
David Hansen
David Hansen
September 29, 2021.
Very pleased with the work performed.
Tony Nielson
Tony Nielson
September 29, 2021.
Top Job Staff and crew did an excellent job on our parking lot. The crack seal crew was on the job before daylight and did great work. Most impressive was the slurry seal crew. Kerry and his team did a wonderful job. worked around my tenants parking issues, worked between rain storms. Kerry would not apply slurry until he was 100 percent sure the parking lot was dry enough after the rain. refreshing to see someone care so much about his product, his job, and his crew. Rosalie was also right on top of scheduling and even made a site visit to make sure I was happy. Top Job went above and beyond my expectations and I would recommend them to anyone .. I will use this company again in the future. Thank you very much! Tony and Cole Nielson T.K.S. Development.
Dennis Simonson
Dennis Simonson
September 23, 2021.
Was really impressed with the professional preparation on the driveway surface prior to the application of sealant. FRIENDLY and easy to work with. Highly recommend. Compared prices before settling on Top Job, good value. Their communication between office, field and scheduler was exceptional.
Christie Brown
Christie Brown
August 16, 2021.
We now have the PRETTIEST driveway approach and RV parking on the block! Nice job, TOP JOB ASPHALT!

What Our Customers Are Saying

Very impressed with the quality of their work and the organization of the company. The project estimator was spot on as to when the bid would be received and the work was professional  from start to finish. I appreciated the opportunity for a walkthrough inspection after the crack filling was completed as I had some very large cracks in the asphalt. I give this company a ten out of ten (which I really do) and highly recommend them.

Paul Pratt