Top 5 Keys to Keep Subcontractors Loyal
Article by, Brent Virkus Founder Motor City Design Build
Motor City Design Build knows that working with the subcontractors is one of the most challenging issues in construction. There is a delicate balance between remaining in control and keeping them happily on the job. Subcontractors are some of the most independent people in the world. They are craftsmen who specialize in one trade like carpentry or masonry. They are called “subcontractors” because their obligation is normally to the general contractor, Motor City Design Build.
5 Tips to keep a subcontractor on your job:
Clean work environment
When a subcontractor walks onto a job site and there is dust and debris everywhere and he has to clean it up before he paints or puts trim on, he is not happy. How well do you work when you aren’t happy? Is your work as good as it usually is? No. Make sure your job site is clean.
Job site is ready for them to work
Nothing upsets subs more than to get to a job site and find that it’s not ready for him. When a subcontractor gets to the job site he wants to work. Make sure there is nothing preventing him from doing this.
Materials on site
Make sure certain subs and materials are on the job and coordinate the coming and going of subs and materials. A subcontractor doesn’t want to get to the job site and find that the materials he needs have not arrived or that he has to go and pick them up.
Organize subcontractor flow
Don’t schedule too many subs on the job at the same time and they’re in each other’s way! You don’t want the painter tripping over the carpenter.
There needs to be a sense of loyalty. Subcontractors go where they know they will get paid quickly and that there’s a lot more work for them.