Before you hire a subcontractor, you (the general contractor) need to evaluate the applicant’s credentials and determine if their background is a good fit for your open position. After examining the subcontractor’s work history and confirming that they are a dispute-free professional that has no pending lawsuits or other concerns, you will want to meet with the candidate. Of course, there are several other important tasks to perform before you hire a subcontractor. In this two-part article, we will discuss six ways you can ensure that you are hiring the right subcontractor for your project.
In this section, we will discuss insurance and licensing. In the next section, we will discuss reasons why you should screen the applicant. Remember, if you require legal counsel for any construction-related matter, one of our Jacksonville construction lawyers can assist you.
Is the Subcontractor Insured?
It’s important to make certain that the subcontractor you hire is insured. If the subcontractor you hire is uninsured, this can impact your insurance and result in significant financial issues. In other words, any potential accidents, injuries, or property damage that transpire from the subcontractor’s mistakes are your financial responsibility. It’s important to perform your due diligence when you hire a contractor and make certain that the person’s limit of liability insurance aligns with your own.
Is the Subcontractor Licensed?
In Florida, whether or not your subcontractor needs to be licensed depends on the task that they are performing; however, it’s always best to hire an applicant that is licensed to ensure that you are in compliance with state laws. There are many helpful links on the internet that list what tasks require a contractor’s license in Florida, but general contractors should err on the side of caution and hire a licensed professional.
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.