Posted By:Infra Bazaar
A good subcontractor is often hard to seek out. There’s no greater ally in your quest to urge projects done on time and on budget than an honest subcontractor. But what happens when a trusted supplier isn’t available, otherwise you have to access a replacement set of skills? Here are some tips from Infrabazaar.com for locating reputable subcontractors in your area — and the way to vet them to make sure you get the expertise you would like.
FIVE PLACES TO HUNT OUT SUBCONTRACTORS
ASK YOUR CONTACTS
Your friends within the industry are likely to know contractors with good reputations and may steer you in the right direction. Many times, they may even share their review or evaluation of candidates or highlight the differences between competing subcontractors. This would be helpful in understanding the skill set or value these candidates bring to the project, therefore allowing you to get the perfect fit for your project.
ASK WHOLESALERS AND SPECIALTY SUPPLIERS
These companies are an honest source for subcontractors in specific applications. If you would like a roofing contractor, for instance, reach out to a roofing shingle supplier for recommendations.
CONNECT WITH LOCAL TRADE SCHOOLS OR COLLEGES
Schools are likely to have a network of subcontractors, as they are always on a lookout to place their students for internships, training, and apprenticeships. Some may even have an inventory of trusted subcontractors where their students regularly seek employment.
Look for local social media groups or message boards where subcontractors with the specified skill set may gather and browse these sites for recommendations or to ask about available companies. Facebook or/and WhatsApp groups related to this may be helpful too.
SPEAK TOGETHER WITH YOUR CURRENT SUBCONTRACTORS
Don’t make it appear to be you’re trying to replace them, but do tap into their networks. Your subcontractors likely work with subcontractors in other specialties and should be ready to make a suggestion, and that they can offer you an honest review of companies they’ve worked with side by side.
SIX INQUIRIES TO ASK BEFORE HIRING
1. How does one decide to meet the project’s qualifications?
2. Does one have enough workers available to end the work on time?
3. Are you able to provide references?
4. What’s your safety record?
5. Are you properly insured?
6. Will you sign a contract?
Once you’ve found good subcontractors who meet your expectations for quality and professionalism, confirm to treat them right. Craft a transparent scope of labour, be transparent about budget and timeline requirements, and keep the lines of communication open. Subcontractors play a pivotal role & can be the make or break factor in your project, so it pays to figure out the way forward, together toward common goals.
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