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The only peace of mind your going to get is to either do it yourself or know the person very well.
We had a guy that we hired for estimating jobs, he came recommended from friends. He almost drove the company into non existence. It took two years after he left to recover.
One thing we do is, whoever bids the job in the company, is in-charge of and does the job. In the end, there is nobody to blame but the person who bid it and they are held accountable. It kind of changes your outlook, from "Joe doesn't know how to estimate and this is all his fault" to "How can I make this work, or come out ahead."
We are paid for the estimating time but the whole contract is done and wrote up in explicit detail. We have a pretty good group of guys that have a win type attitude.
Commercial projects take more time to bid, but maybe if you paid some of your guys to do it, they might enjoy the new challenge, and you would come out ahead with peace of mind and financially.