Who you hire as your sub-contractor can be one of the most important business decisions you make today because they represent YOU!
As a general contractor, you are responsible for the work a sub-contractor does for you and you are responsible to correct any problems created by your subcontractor. For example, if you choose to hire an electrical contractor as a sub and they do not complete the job according to the most up-to-date safety codes and standards, you will be left with an unsafe and unreliable electrical system. That would result in a dangerous situation for you.
Here are some tips to consider while hiring your next sub-contractor
- Make sure your sub-contractors are insured.
- ALWAYS ask for current certificates of insurance.
- Make sure you are names as an additional insured.
- Check that your limits of liability match.
- Make sure they are licensed in with your states Construction Contractors Board.
- Make sure it is up-to-date by checking the CCB’s website.
- Check CCB’s website for any complaints against the sub-contractor.
- Make sure they meet all the criteria for being an independent contractor and are not an employee.
- Ask to see examples of prior work and referrals.
- Always have a written contract and list of materials used.
- Always do a walkthrough of the site with the sub-contractor before & after of the job site.
- Make sure the employees are trained. Ask to see copies of certifications or licensed.
- Make sure the sub-contractor is carrying Workers Compensation Insurance.
- Document EVERYTHING!
- Last but not least, only work with sub-contractors who you can have a good relationship with and someone who respects you. If you cannot openly communicate with this person it’s not worth risking your business to do business with them.
Always remember, when you’re looking to hire a sub-contractor, especially an electrical contractor, the skills of a professional will go a long way towards both the safety and the integrity of your final product.