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What is blind bidding?


There are several different ways to receive bids for a construction project. If a project is configured to receive open bids, the bid amounts will be visible before the bid submission due date. However, in order to promote fairness and equality during the bidding process, contractors may be asked to submit blind bids where their actual bid amounts are purposely hidden until the due date. Prior to bidding software tools, contractors would submit their bids in sealed envelopes so that all bids could be reviewed together at the same time. Blind bidding is designed to prevent the unbiased selection of a winning bidder.

Bidding contractors may also be more inclined to submit a bid for projects that are receiving blind bids to award contracts because they think it discourages corruption and favoritism.

When blind bidding is enabled in Procore, the actual bid amounts are hidden during the active bidding phase and you will not get notification emails when bids are placed. Once the bid due date has passed, all bid amounts will become visible. 

For information on how to enable blind bidding for your bid package, see Create a Bid Package. You will need 'Admin' level permissions on the Bidding tool to create a bid package in Procore.

Blind Bidding Enabled

When blind bidding is enabled, the actual bid amounts will not be displayed.

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Blind Bidding not Enabled

If a project is set up to receive open bids, the submitted bid amounts will be displayed before the bid due date.

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