[thelist] Bidding a project

Mark Kamian mhkamian at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 25 11:54:37 CDT 2005

Hi there,

For the past few years my web development experience has been primarily 
relegated to two large residential real-estate projects.  Recently, a small 
commercial real estate firm has contacted me to design a site for them, a 
project I am excited about both for its own merits and as a segue into 
further such projects.

They'll have six main sections: Home page, About Us, Featured Property 
(changes every couple months), Listings, Services, and a Contact page.  For 
the Listings info a simple, database-driven back-end with which they'll 
input up to 15 fields will furnish a one-line summary page, along with a 
detail page for each property.  It will be similar to this other site I 
created: http://www.lcbassociates.com, but without the .pdf property detail 

Where is he going with this, you ask?

Well, since I don't have much experience with bidding projects, I was hoping 
to get some advice on  average amounts in terms of Design and 
Maintenance/Hosting pricing for something like this.

I guess my question is this:  Do you developers out there charge a large 
up-front design fee with minimal recurring hosting fees?  Or, vice-versa 
with perhaps a longer contract term length?

Any ideas on how much is the "right" amount for a project of this scope?  
Very subjective topic, I realize, however any sage words will be 


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