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What items need dimensions added into your bid or added to your invoice?
Grass cut bids and invoice should contain the dimensions of the area cut and the resultant square footage.
Example: Cut 100 ft by 120 ft lawn (12,000 sq. ft.)
Bids and invoices for boarding of any type should contain dimensions.
Example: Boarded 32" by 42" (74 united inches) window with 1/2" CDX plywood.
How To Charge For Board Ups
Boarding service requirements are located in Attachment 4 of the HUD "General Requirements For Preservation And Protection Of Properties Securing FHA Insured Mortgages". Although there is some ambiguity in Attachment 4, it really is one of the better detailed attachments. Specific instructions are given for what should be boarded and when and what materials should be used for the type of opening which is being boarding. One glaring ambiguity is the use of the phrase "secured but not boarded" which leaves to question not only the definition of "secured" but also the acceptable material and procedures.
The calculation of fees associated with boarding use to factors:
(1) United Inch measurement of the opening to be boarded
(2) Fee rate per United Inch which HUD Regulations specify according to the thickness of the plywood used for the boarding:
- 1/2" plywood: $0.80
- 5/8" plywood: $0.90
- 3/4" plywood: $1.00
- Screening: $0.55 (used by variation in some areas only - see HUD regulations)
So, in order to bid a boarding job within specifications, one must first determine the United Inch factor and know the thickness of the plywood required for each type of opening. To determine the United Inch factor, measure the width of the opening and measure the height of the opening and add those two measurements together - remember, take only two measurements: one width measurement and one height measurement and then add, not multiply.
Contractors will find a varied assortment of sizes for windows and doors. Factors such as construction type, year of construction and construction quality all influence the choice of door sizes and window sizes chosen by the builder. Listed here is a short list of opening sizes of a few residential openings (windows and doors):
Sliding glass door: 70 inches wide - 80 inches tall
Picture window: 70 inches wide - 46 inches tall
Bathroom window: 35 inches wide - 46 inches tall
Dining Room window: 70 inches wide - 46 inches tall
Bedroom window: 58 inches wide - 46 inches tall
External door: 78 inches tall - 30 inches wide
External door: 78 inches tall - 33 inches wide
External door: 80 inches tall - 30 inches wide
External door: 81 inches tall - 33 inches wide
External door: 84 inches tall - 36 inches wide
These measurements are listed only to point out that there is a wide variety of sizes of openings so measuring each opening you are to board insures you are bidding the boarding job correctly.
After measuring one width and one height and adding those two figures, we have the first factor needed for the bid: the United Inch measurement. Now we need to know the United Inch fee for the plywood thickness required for the boarding and those thicknesses and fees come from the HUD regulations:
1/2" for window openings ($0.80 per United Inch)
5/8" for door openings ($0.90 per United Inch)
3/4" for sliding doors and French doors ($1.00 per United Inch)
5/8" or 3/4" as necessary for extra large window openings ($0.90 per United Inch - "extra large" is undefined in the HUD Regulations)
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. From Contractor’s Property Preservation Operations Manual by Terry W. Platt, Published by Gulf Thunder Corporation, 2009
What 2 bids are required if you go to a property with a broken window?
(1) Bid to reglaze (replace) the broken glass.
(2) Bid to board-up the window.
what are the specs for building a security door to allow access to the property?
I'm sorry but I do not know what you mean by a "security door". Is this the terminology used on a work order? Please provide more information.
My bid for repairing a damaged roof is $1680. I tarped the roof and submitted my bid for roof repairs. What should I charge for the tarping?
First, tarping fees up to the allowable limit of $400 should only be used if the roof cannot be repaired or patched for the allowable $400. Your bid indicates that the roof cannot be repaired for $400 or less so you will submit an invoice of up to $400 for tarping.
Isn't it correct that the HUD specifications specifically state that prior approval is not needed to secure or winterize a pool?
Yes, that is correct. However, keep in mind that the HUD specifications were written for the M&M contractor, not for the preservation contractor in the field. The HUD specifications state that the M&M contractor does not need prior approval. You, the field contractor, still will need a work order or confirmation from your client.
Can you tell me the basics for FHA specifications for securing an in ground pool?
1. Remove all water except four feet or whatever depth may be required by local authorities.
2. Add chlorine to the water.
3. Drain the pool pumps, filters and lines.
4. Install any pool cover that may be present.
5. Cover the pool with a wood frame, poly sheeting and then wire mesh. Do not use the poly sheeting in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada or the Pacific Islands.
6. Secure pool gates with padlock.
7. Repair any damaged fencing around the pool.
What thickness of plywood do we have to use for windows.
HUD specifications call for 1/2" plywood for windows. The plywood to use is determined by what opening is being boarded - 5/8" plywood for doors, 3/4" plywood for sliding doors or French Doors and 5/8" for extra large windows.
what is the difference between using a protecto lock and a master lock?
I checked with Steve Maxim at Maxim Enterprises to make sure I got this right.
Let me see if I can explain it as simply as it really is. A master lock has been keyed to work with one certain key; of course there can be copies of that key and there usually are. In fact, if you wanted to, you could say the locks we use in preservation are master locks of a sort - we all have keys that will work on 35241 locks (the master lock).
A protecto lock however, is different and it's pretty nifty. It's internal mechanism is designed in such a way that it will accept any key and adjusts itself to accept only that key in the future. I'm a little wild with the "any" and "only" here. Of course the key has to fit in the first place and copies can be made of the key that was used to "set" the protecto lock.
So, as an example, let's say I insert a 35241 key into a protecto lock. It will "set" itself to this key code and now anyone with a 35241 key can open the lock.
Hope this helped.
What is the difference between a Protecto lock and a Master Lock?
Use the search box and put in the word Protecto. You will find two pretty good discussions that will answer your question.
For an Initial Secure order, under HUD guidelines, you are authorized to board any broken windows/doors automatically.
The correct answer is not intended to disturb you, but the correct answer is "Yes", and "No". In regards to your question, I'm sure you can point out several statements in the HUD regulations that conflict with one another - your particular question has at least three different answers in the regulations.
One of the most important concepts to learn is that the HUD regulations were not written for the contractor in the field. The regulations are addressed to the M&M contractors, the mortgagees and the servicer.
I have always been comfortable saying that preservation contractors should assume nothing. Preservation Contractors do not have permission to do anything; period! Actually, that is pretty good protection for the contractor although some companies may allow you to think and act for yourself to make them look good as long as you remain totally responsible for your actions.
Some companies are better than others when issuing work orders. Some are so vague that at times contractors are reluctant to do any service. Other companies issue work orders that are so detailed and specific that there is no room for doubt or interpretation.
Aside from prudent action on your part to correct emergency situations like gas leaks, your very best course of action is to do absolutely nothing that is not in your service order or stated specifically in the policy handbook supplied to you by the servicer. They did give you a written set of guidelines, didn't they?
Do contractors need to use pre-treated lumber and plywood?
HUD regulations state that exterior plywood should be of un-sanded CDX grade.
Plywood comes in several grades which indicates the type of surface covering. The better the grade, the nicer the surface. The grades are represented by the letters, A, B, C, D, X.
AA grade is top quality plywood. Both sides are smooth and has no knot holes. It's used to build furniture, cabinets, bookcases, etc.
AC grade has one good side and the other side is just so-so and is commonly used for flooring and roof decking which will be covered with some type of material like carpet or tar paper.
CDX grade is the rough and ugly stuff. It is the least expensive and it serves it's purpose well as a window and door boarding material. The surface has unfilled knot holes on the back (D side).
Contractors should be aware of any local variations from local requirements. Although none of the variations state that treated plywood is to be used, some do state that the plywood must be painted. See Florida and Caribbean variations in Attachment 4. Long Beach California variation disallows use of plywood and requires window screens and security doors.
what type of charge would you bid on removal of a above ground pool with or without deck around ?
A minimum of $2.05 per square foot.
what exactly is the difference between a "PROTECTO LOCK" and a "MASTER LOCK" thank you.
You can find your answer at http://www.propertypreservationtraining.us/apprentice-certification/locks-padlocks-and-keycodes/
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