Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Do we need to notice the failed contractors

Do we need to notice the failed contractors

Do we need to notice the failed contractors

I am working for a non-profit Canadian organization. We requested a quote for renovation from several contractors. Do we need to notice all the contractors who are not selected?

RE: Do we need to notice the failed contractors

It's always a matter of good courtesy to do so. Nothing worse from their perspective than waiting for some response and perhaps turning down other work in expectation of receiving work only to hear it was decided a month ago and that they didn't get it.

RE: Do we need to notice the failed contractors

In my opinion, yes, it's the professional thing to do. You may have to work with some of those contractors on other projects and a courtesy note saying that you thank them for their effort, but weren't successful, to be sent out as soon as possible after you've selected your contractor buys a lot of future consideration. The construction business is too adversarial sometimes, and if you let the other contractors know that you appreciated their effort, it at least acknowledges that you've given them a fair shot. Now if Clients could also treat us consulting engineers that way as well, maybe we'd see some better consideration from them too.

RE: Do we need to notice the failed contractors

Thank you, Agent666 and GMcD. Looks such notices are more industrial etiquette rather than regulation requirement.

RE: Do we need to notice the failed contractors

Yes, both sides have to work with each other.
Yes, professional courtesy (morals and common sense towards others) are NOT in the "Codes".

RE: Do we need to notice the failed contractors

Thank you, racookpe1978. Although, it is not mandatory or code requirement, but I believe professionalism can go a long way.

RE: Do we need to notice the failed contractors

If I were the contractor that was not selected, I would ask for candid feedback on why not so that I might be more competitive in the future. Was it labor rates, overhead, quoted hours, material, timeliness, or maybe proposal quality? I'm not sure how large of a job you're talking about or the likelihood of future projects, but you might help someone out if you've got the time or inclination to explain your selection criteria. You might build a relationship for future work.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login


White Paper - What is Generative Design and Why Do You Need It?
Engineers are being asked to produce more sophisticated designs under a perfect storm of complexity, cost, and change management pressures. Generative design empowers automotive design teams to navigate this storm by employing automation, data re-use and synchronization, and framing design in the context of a full vehicle platform. Download Now
eBook - Simulation-Driven Design with SOLIDWORKS
Simulation-driven design can reduce the time and cost of product development. In this engineering.com eBook, we’ll explore how SOLIDWORKS users can access simulation-driven design through the SOLIDWORKS Simulation suite of analysis tools. Download Now
eBook - Integrating the Engineering Ecosystem
Aras Innovator provides multiple options for integrating data between systems, depending on the scenario. Utilizing the right approach to meet specific business requirements is vital. These needs range from authoring tools, federating data from various and dissimilar databases, and triggering processes and workflows. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close