Hiring a subcontractor is a crucial decision that can impact your project’s success. Since these workers will represent your company, it’s important for your construction management staff to fully vet them.
A Construction Management Guide for Hiring the Right Help
Sometimes, contractors can be easily eliminated in the selection process, because they are not fully qualified for the job. You can start to narrow down your search for subcontractors by determining if they are a good fit for what the project requires.
Since subcontractors may specialize in specific aspects of construction, your construction management team will benefit from reviewing this step each time you begin looking for more help.
It’s best to approach hiring a subcontractor the same way as you would hiring an
employee. Always interview them, check references and review examples of work.
Inquire about these four qualities:
- Quality of work
- Work ethic
In addition to any insurance you and your company may have, your subcontractors must be insured, too.
Construction management companies usually protect themselves with these types of insurance:
- Contractors’ bonding guarantees work performance and payment of all workers and suppliers.
- General Liability provides protection from liability associated with accidents that cause damage to property.
- Workers’ Compensation coverage protects workers injured on the job.
- Builder’s Risk Insurance covers any damage to the building or materials during construction regardless of the cause. It applies to subcontractors as well.
When selecting subcontractors, never forget to check if they have an up-to-date license in your state. You can quickly check their status with the Construction Contractors Board right here.
When you do find the right subcontractor for your next project, make sure to define the scope of the project with a signed contract.
It should contain these elements:
- Scope of work
- Payment schedule
- Cleanup arrangement
- Written warranty
As you narrow down your list of subcontractors, also consider how well you two will work together. A strong working relationship will improve all aspects of the project, including the ever-important final product.