Subcontracting parts of your construction projects out to other tradesmen or teams can be risky but, ultimately it’s essential for specialize construction tasks if, you want to provide consistently high quality results across the project. Eventually, most construction companies develop a network of go-to guys and contractors that they use for every project. However, if you’re seeking out a subcontractor in a certain niche for the first time, you want to be sure you’ve made the right choice. Here are 5 signs that you’ve found a keeper in the construction industry:
1. A Good Reputation
Word spreads fast in the real estate sector, and if you have friends in the construction business who have had positive experiences with subcontractors, that might be a good place to start. However if you’ve been let down by an old contact or they are unavailable for your next project, you may have to start your search from scratch. If so, check out potential contractors’ websites for testimonials and galleries, or ask them for recommendations so that you can get a feel for their reputation.
2. Industry Know-How
You had a chat over the phone or via email, and they soon got the gist of your requirements and seemed to be on the same page. Cowboys and amateurs can easily hold a simple conversation about the specifics of a build, so if the subcontractor didn’t slip up when giving a quote it’s a positive sign.
3. Turning Up on Time
First impressions count, and if they turn up on time, with the right tools for the job, it’s obviously a good start. Knowing that you can rely on a subcontracting team to fit into your timescales and give you a full day of work is essential if you want to keep your project on track for completion.
4. Team Player
Your stonemason may not be a dab hand at joinery, but an experienced subcontractor should be able to work well alongside other teams and tradesmen, both on a personal and professional level. If they seem to easily fit into your team well, you’re far less likely to run into problems later.
5. Quality Results
Ultimately, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. But you don’t want to find out that your subcontractor isn’t up to par too late. After all, it’s your reputation that is on the line. Keep a check on the quality of their workmanship at regular intervals to ensure that they understand what you want and have the experience and know how to deliver the standards you expect.
Build lasting relationships with reliable subcontractors by looking out for these positive signs from the first time you talk about your project. And, if they don’t meet the criteria proceed with caution. By doing so, you can develop a tight network of contractors who you can call on, for any and every project which will make your life easier and ensure you consistently receive great results.
We hope these points help you in your next project.
This article was written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam with useful information from Henley Stone. Kelly is a Yorkshire lass who has recently stepped over the Lancashire border – let’s not hold that against her though!