It Takes More Than the Best Roofing Tools to Make a Good Subcontractor
You probably already know this, but finding the right subcontractor isn't as easy as it sounds. A subcontractor can claim to have the most talented people and the best roofing tools in the business, but that doesn't mean they're a good fit for your company. But this is still a choice you have to get right. Fair or not, the work your subcontractors do (or fail to do) eventually becomes part of your reputation.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to find a subcontractor that enhances your reputation for quality work instead of diminishing it. Follow these four tips to turn your choice of subcontractor into one of the best roofing tools you'll ever use.
1. Don't Make a Decision That's Based Solely on Price
As the old adage goes-- you get what you pay for. It goes without saying that you want to get the work done under budget, but basing your choice on price alone is usually a bad idea. First, you're likely to get shoddy work. This means you'll end up paying more in the long run anyway, only with a lot of added stress.
A cheap subcontractor might also skimp on materials, cut corners, or fail to practice proper safety precautions. The end results of this will be more cost, unhappy clients, and a damaged reputation. Price will always be an important factor, but never let it be the sole determining one.
2. Don't Be Afraid to Ask Around
In some ways, finding a good subcontractor is just like any other investment you make-- it helps to ask around. Take every opportunity you get to find out about the subcontractors working in your area. Ask your friends, neighbors, and colleagues about the experience they've had with a given outfit.
And don't be shy about approaching someone on a job site and asking about their trade. You'd be surprised at how much important information you can discover with a brief conversation and a peek at their work.
3. Check With Specialty Suppliers
Suppliers for a given industry can be an incredible source of information about subcontractors. They can be especially helpful if they deal specialize in tools or materials that are connected to your current search. Suppliers are at the center of every imaginable building trade, so you can bet they know who does good work and who doesn't.
4. Go With What You Know
This might seem like stating the obvious, but it's usually wise to work with subs you've had good experiences with on previous jobs. But even if this isn't feasible, you can still avail yourself of their knowledge and do some networking. Ask subcontractors that you already trust which outfits they've had positive experiences with in the past.
You'll still need to do additional research to be sure, but this practice will definitely get you off to a good start.
5. Come Up With An Appropriate Contract
Even with subs that you have good reason to trust, it's crucial that you draw a contract that's appropriate to the situation. This means that you should make modifications to your standard contract as needed. Every job is different, so it's crucial to account for them as they arise.
The contract should include the exact scope of the work you're hiring them to do, as well as details regarding things like the quality of materials and work, cleanliness, and timeframes. Obviously, these details will vary according to the needs of the job, but a clear contract is nonoptional regardless.