When deciding to use a subcontractor, the difference between a good and bad one is monumental. They can either make your building project a breeze or a total nightmare.
As a carpentry subcontractor in Ocala, FL, we at Steve Allen Construction want general contractors and anyone else looking to use a subcontractor to know how to find one that’s perfect for the job. We’ve detailed the process of working with a subcontractor from start to finish in a previous article, but now we’d like to go in-depth on how to find one.
Use Your Personal Network
When looking for a subcontractor, referrals and recommendations are the way to go. These referrals can come from numerous sources within your personal network. Friends and family are the obvious places to go first, but there are other places you can go for referrals that may yield even better results.
Try asking other subcontractors who they’ve worked well with in the past. If you already know subcontractors who do great work, you can likely trust their recommendation. You can also go to suppliers, as they work with contractors every day. They also hear the shop talk about who has a good work ethic and who’s slacking off. Other helpful people to ask for subcontractor recommendations are current and even former clients.
Do a Background Check
Once you’ve found a few contractors you’re interested in, do a thorough background check. Check with the Consumer Affairs Office and Better Business Bureau to ensure that there aren’t any complaints on record.
You should also research to make sure every subcontractor you use has the proper liability insurance and licenses, as those who aren’t insured could end up costing you a ton of money in the end. You can always check with their insurance agency to make sure their coverage is up to date.
Take Pricing into Consideration
It’s very important that you do not base your subcontractor decision solely on price. In general, be wary of abnormally low bids, as they can indicate that the subcontractor will not do a thorough job. But, this doesn’t mean you should disregard all lower bids, as some may be lower simply because the subcontractor doesn’t currently have a full work schedule. On the flip side, don’t assume that an extremely high bid means the subcontractor is substantially better than others. Price should be one of many factors that go into your decision, not the deciding one.
There are a few warning signs for subcontractors, and if you spot any, we recommend avoiding them altogether. If the contractor cannot verify basic information, like their location, telephone number or company name, take them out of consideration immediately. You should also be wary if they cannot provide any references or cannot verify their license. Finally, you should never be asked to pay for the full job in advance.
We hope these tips will lead you to the perfect subcontractor for your project. If you are in need of a framing subcontractor in Ocala, FL, don’t hesitate to call us at Steve Allen Construction, Inc. You can also reach us through our contact form or on any of our social channels. We look forward to hearing from you!
— Steve Allen Inc. (@SteveAllenOcala) September 24, 2014