Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “When getting bids for a project be sure to follow back up with the contractors who didn’t get the job. It’s important for them because they have invested time in giving you an estimate and you want to make sure you give them that feedback so they can move onto other jobs. The best way to let a contractor know that they didn’t get the job is the same way you’ve been communicating with them through the process. So if it was an email send them a quick email, if you have been talking to them on the phone do a quick phone call. There is no hard and fast rule as to how much information you need to give the contractor when letting them know they don’t get the job, but keep in mind what it would be like if you were in their shoes, This is an opportunity for them to gain some valuable feedback for why they didn’t win the job.”
Angie’s List Tips:
- Inform the contractor as soon as possible about your decision.
- Stick with the same line of communication you’ve been doing.
- Always be honest and professional.