If a contractor needs specialized tasks to be completed on a project, he would need to hire a subcontractor to complete the work. With the increasing need for specialized subcontractors, improving the contractor-subcontractor relationship is critical. The following tips from our Boca Raton construction lawyers will ensure that the relationships between contractors and subcontractors are stronger and more successful.
Build A Network of Trusted Subcontractors
Contractors may not be able to pick the same subcontractors every project due to competition, budget, and time constraints. If you have a network of trusted subcontractors, your company is well-positioned to select the best subcontractor for the demands of any given project. This maintains a relationship that gives both parties valuable contacts.
Best Relationship Practices
As you foster and maintain productive relationships with subcontractors, here are some guidelines we learned along the way:
- Choose the subcontractor with the best bid and outstanding service.
- Realize the cheapest subcontractor may not be the best subcontractor for the project.
- Pay your subcontractors on time.
- Give your subcontractors the same respect you give clients.
- To avoid miscommunications, utilize email, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings.
- When disagreements come up, stay calm, and rational.
- Seek references from others who have worked with subcontractors.
- Look for shared values in the subcontractor, such as honesty, teamwork, respect, and integrity.
- Clarify tasks and responsibilities upfront to avoid issues.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.