How to Find Subcontractors

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Although the Yellow Pages will give a list of subcontractors, good subcontractors for remodeling or building a house are hardly ever mentioned in the book. You have to make an effort to locate them as they could be working out of their homes and may not have a business telephone line. Thankfully, finding a subcontractor is relatively easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Telephone
  • Subcontractor's agreement
  • Computer (Optional)

Finding A Reliable Subcontractor

Ask your contacts to furnish a name. Check with your architect, your banker or even a friend to suggest a name of a subcontractor.

Speak to your raw material supplier. For example, if you are looking for a subcontractor to some work on the fireplace, inquire with the supplier who will be supplying you with the stones for the fireplace. He or she will likely be able to put you in touch with a stone mason.

Check with other subcontractors for referrals and names. These are people who work together day in and day out. They will be able to suggest names of reliable and good subcontractors.

Call the local chapter of the chamber of commerce. They should be able to provide you with a list of names of subcontractors who are responsible and come with glowing references.

Provide the subcontractor with a pre-selection task. For example, if you want a carpenter, you could ask the carpenter to build you a shed, a roofer to work on the roof of the shed, and a mason to work on the retaining wall. This way you will be able to gauge the quality of their work before hiring them for a full fledged home building contract. This is usually recommended if the contractor has sufficient time and the necessary resources.

Get the subcontractor to sign a subcontractor's agreement before hiring him or her to do a project. This will provide you and the homeowner with adequate protection in case of a legal problem in the future. If the subcontractor is unwilling to sign the agreement, it is best to move on and find another one.

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