To go to tender, or tendering, is the most common selection process to find a main building contractor.
Most self-builders who choose to hire a main contractor to oversee all the work on their self-build project will go to tender, unless they are sure of who they will be hiring.
A standard tender process should be well structured and will generally be made up of a number of stages. These include the tender documentation, selecting the list of tenderers (the builders you are going to ask to submit a price), carrying out the tender
analysis, post tender negotiation and lastly, final selection and contractor appointment.