Tips & Tricks

Interested Bidders: Interested in a project? Add yourself as an interested Bidder to let others know you’re interested and to showcase your Directory profile. Click the tab, enter your info, and follow projects for updates. You’ll be listed as an interested Bidder with a link to your directory profile.

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Updating your Directory profile will help you get found more easily. Learn how to update your company directory information including service regions, matching keywords, and more. Check out the 2 min. video to learn how.

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In this 30 second video, learn how to hide permits you’ve already viewed by clicking on the red icon, and easily save your favorite permits by clicking on the yellow star. These features will help you streamline your search results and keep track of the permits you’re interested in.

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In this video, I will show you how to stay updated on your projects by following them. By simply clicking on the Follow icon (they eyeball) in the search results or within the project, you will receive email updates whenever there are modifications or addendas to the project. This will help you stay informed and ensure that you don’t miss any important updates.

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Search Like a Pro

  1. Use Quotes for Precision: When searching for phrases, enclose them in quotes like “window coverings.” This narrows down results to exact matches, saving you time.
  2. Enhance Your Results: For broader results, opt for the document search option (takes about 30 seconds). It also provides keyword density data to help you track keyword appearances.

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Whether you want to promote your project on BidCentral or create a private planroom project for you and your trades, it’s a breeze! Here’s how:

1. Click on “myPlanroom.”
2. Choose “Post a Project.”
3. Decide whether it should be Public (on BidCentral) or Private/Invite Only (exclusive to you and your invited trades, who will get full free access to your projects).
4. Fill in your project details.
5. Click “SAVE!”

For publicly posted projects, our project coordinators will reach out to confirm before posting. For private projects, easily send invitations to your selected trades through our invitation to bid tools, granting them free access to your project.

Watch the quick 1-min video now!

By opening new projects in separate windows or tabs, you can seamlessly navigate between multiple projects without losing track of your main project list, streamlining your workflow on BidCentral. Here’s how:

1. Right-Click Method: Hover over the project eyeball icon on right side in search results, right-click, and select “Open Link in New Window” or “Open Link in New Tab,” depending on your browser. This allows you to keep your main project list open while exploring specific projects in detail.

2. Keyboard Shortcut: Alternatively, hold down the Ctrl key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) while clicking on the project link. This action automatically opens the selected project in a new window or tab, depending on your browser settings.

Note that you’ll need to sign in to each new tab because its opening a new ‘session’ of BidCentral.

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Tired of retyping keywords or setting filters every time you search? Here’s a quick tip for you!

Instead of the hassle, create a Saved Search. Set your criteria, click “Search,” and hit “Save Search” with a personalized name.

Now, to effortlessly access your saved searches, head to the top left corner under “Narrow Your Search.”

Click on “My Searches” for quick and efficient refining of your searches.

Simplify your search experience. Watch this 1 min video and try it now!