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A friend from out of state faxed me a bid to review. He was having his roof redone, and it was the lowest bid he’d received. The handwritten estimate was somewhat illegible and riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. Plus, it was difficult to determine what was included in the work and what was not. The sobering thing, when I studied it, was the realization that this was what the estimates I sent out looked like — 15 years ago. In those days, I was working long hours at the job site and didn’t feel I had time to put much into the estimates. So I didn’t, and it showed. I’ve since learned that a professional bid presentation is critical. It tells the potential