There’s a lot that goes into the successful running of a real estate property. Finding the right vendors and suppliers for all of your needs is an important part.
If you own or manage a building, the reality is that you will need to go through the vendor selection process to get the services that you need. This process can be simple or complicated, depending on your space’s characteristics. What kind of services do you need? How will your budget play into this decision? How do you even get started with the process of supplier selection?
We know this process can be overwhelming, especially for new property managers or owners. That’s why we always recommend the assistance of a professional throughout your vendor screening process.
When you work with CTG Real Estate Services, you can rest assured that your vendor review process is guided by a professional with years of experience in this topic. You will find the right vendor or supplier for your needs and goals — and our CEO and founder Chris Gardner will be there to assist you every step of the way.
Want to learn more? Schedule a consult with our team today, or read about the basics of the vendor sourcing process for real estate below.
What is the Purpose of the Vendor Selection Process?
When it comes to finding a supplier or vendor, there is a wealth of options available to you. But this doesn’t make the final decision any easier. In fact, it can make it even more difficult.
How do you sort through the hundreds and thousands of vendors out there to find the one that is best for your business?
The process of supplier selection is instrumental in doing so. The steps in the supplier selection process are specifically designed to make your search for vendors much easier. Having Chris Gardner there to guide you through this process won’t hurt, either.
When you follow the vendor selection procedure, you make sure that the suppliers you hire meet your needs, goals and budget. You can be confident that the vendor you select is really the perfect one for your space by going through a specific analysis and evaluation process. Then, you can finally get the ball rolling on the plans that you have for your property and your organization.
The 5 Steps in the Supplier Selection Process
Many of our prospective clients ask us, “What is the process of selection like? How do I start this vendor evaluation process?”
The first step will always be scheduling a consult with our team. We can talk at length about your goals and needs for your suppliers, and then create a plan that best addresses those. We will be by your side through all of the selection process steps and make sure you are an active partner in the vendor analysis process.
Your vendor review process will always be tailored to your situation and expectations. But, there are a few common steps in the vendor selection process that we will guide you through:
Step 1: Establish Your Wants and Needs.
In order to hire the perfect vendor or supplier, you first need to recognize exactly what you are looking for in this professional. It might be worth it to gather a team of people from your property or business who will be most impacted by this decision. They, along with Chris Gardner, will discuss in detail what the necessities are for the perfect vendor or supplier.
During this part of the vendor development procedure, your team will define a list of vendor requirements, technical and business requirements and more. Chris Gardner can help you put together the statement of work for all the services you require. A statement of work must be created to allow potential vendors to put forward the appropriate requests for proposal for your needs. That way, you will ensure you only receive RFPs from professionals who are aware of and capable of handling all of your needs and goals.
Step 2: Locate Potential Vendors.
Once a list of requirements is created, CTG Real Estate Services will start your search for vendors and suppliers. Because of Chris’ more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, he has built up a network of helpful, experienced professionals for every supply and service that you may need for your property. From this, he will create a list of potential vendors for your review.
Step 3: Complete Your Requests for Proposal.
The next step in the process of supplier selection is determining which vendors you wish to learn more about. Fortunately, Chris Gardner is experienced in requests for proposal, which are the documents that will be submitted to vendors you are interested in. A request for proposal to a vendor will often include:
- An introduction outlining your goals and a timeline for receiving responses to RFP
- An explanation of requirements for your project
- Your selection criteria
- A further explanation of your project timeline and how the bidding process will work
The goal of these requests is to receive further information about what these vendors’ services will look like for your space or organization. The vendors’ responses will play a crucial role in comparing them to one another and deciding which one is best for you.
Step 4: Evaluate Bids and Proposals.
Once you receive the bids and proposals back from your list of preferred vendors and suppliers, you are to the most important point in the vendor identification process. This is the step in which you determine which vendor you would like to proceed with.
It’s important that you focus on the facts and figures with this decision-making process. Which professionals are the ones who best meet your organization’s goals? Which professional can give you the best services in the best interest of your company? Thoroughly evaluating all proposals and bids can be a lengthy step in the process of supplier selection, but it’s an important one. Seek input from all members of your team and make sure that you come to a final conclusion together.
Again, Chris Gardner can be there to remind you of any circumstances you may overlook or any questions you may forget to ask.
Step 5: Negotiate and Finalize Contracts.
Have a final vendor or supplier in mind? It’s time to complete your vendor procurement process by creating a finalized contract for their work.
Once you and your team have a vendor in mind for a certain service, Chris Gardner can help you propose and negotiate a contract to start that work. A contract establishes a partnership, and Chris can play the valuable role of ensuring that your goals and needs are met in as fair a supplier contract as possible. Because of his unique experience in turnkey solutions, he will keep every aspect of the real estate and property management industry in mind while drafting your contract. That way, you know that your contract with a vendor is something that will continue to be productive in the future, too.
Every vendor selection process is different, but Chris Gardner and his team are ready to help you find the perfect supplier for your property or organization. Ready to get started? Schedule a consult with our team today.