If you are a contractor, you know there are many advantages when hiring subcontractors. Whether contractors hire them for renovations or new building projects, there are a few important things to know. The most important thing to keep in mind is who the individual is and how they will represent you as a company. When customers complain, they will likely name the company and not the individual subcontractor. In addition, you as the contractor are responsible for everything the subcontractor does. This is why it is so important to hire individuals who are capable, professional and responsible.
Ask to see proof of insurance. Have the subcontractor provide a certificate of insurance. Make sure the subcontractor has workman's compensation and liability insurance. The subcontractor's staff should also be properly insured.
Verify degree program completion. It is important to hire a subcontractor who has been properly trained. The subcontractor should have a minimum of four years of experience working as a foreman and a degree.
Ensure the subcontractor is licensed. Each state has its own rules for licensing and verification, so be sure to use individual state procedures and check local laws. If the subcontractor has additional staff working on the project, they should also be insured.
Ask for references. Ask for three references that can be contacted directly. It is also helpful to ask to see samples of the subcontractor's previous work.
Have a written contract. This contract should include what you as the contractor expects of the subcontractor and staff. It should include a rate of pay, who will be responsible for mistakes and who is responsible for other various tasks. It is also important to make sure the subcontractor is willing to make repairs or changes after the job is finished.
Tour the site together. When you do this, make sure the subcontractor knows what must be done. The subcontractor should also understand how to get the job done and who is in charge of various tasks. When the job starts, there should be no guesswork involved.
Make communication a priority. Your subcontractor should be easy to contact and talk to. Communication should be good on both ends, so it is important that the subcontractor and contractor get along.
During A Project
Keep communications with customers open. It is important that customers bring their concerns and questions directly to the contractor. Take necessary steps to make the customer feel that their input is highly valued. Messages can get lost in the network if they are passed along to the subcontractor and crew, so make sure the customer has all contact information.
Make a file for subcontractors. Keep track of all conversations and transactions. This includes emails, notes, calls, face-to-face conversations, licenses, certificates and any receipts.
After Project Completion
Do a final inspection. Walk through the site to make sure the job has been completed to your satisfaction. Bring a checklist with items that can be marked off as they are verified. Make note of any repairs or changes that must be completed by the subcontractor in order to get paid.
Make sure the contract has been upheld. It is important to make sure all the terms of the contract have been met. Subcontractors' actions and work should comply with every detail in the agreement. The project is officially over when the terms have been met and the contractor is satisfied.