With the competitive nature of the construction industry, one might think it would not be too difficult to secure a good subcontractor. However, you often must weed out a lot of not-so-good options before you find one that works.
Not providing clear expectations and enforcing discipline could lead to a construction dispute. This could upend your project and leave you facing legal action. Knowing how to effectively encourage compliance from subcontractors can make a difference in the productivity and success of your project.
Implement a written contract
Prior to reaching an agreement with any subcontractor, take your time writing a contract that addresses all angles of the relationship. Discuss expectations and disclose the consequences of non-compliance. You can also discuss solutions for mitigating disputes if one does happen.
Verify everyone’s understanding
Before anyone signs the contract, make sure everyone understands their role. According to Construct Connect, a construction contract can include several clauses such as the following:
- Change orders
- Indemnification clause
- Payment bonds
- Flow-down or pass-through clause
Make sure the subcontractors you hire feel comfortable with these clauses before they put their names on the paper.
Enforce discipline as needed
If you notice non-compliance and take a lax approach to remedy it, you could unintentionally increase hostility and you might enable and encourage continued behavior. The best thing you can do is to address the issue immediately and enforce discipline. Proactive behavior will reiterate your expectations and show your seriousness about abiding by the contract.
Hiring subcontractors is an excellent way to expedite construction projects and have targeted help on specific parts of the job. Doing your due diligence in finding the right people can make all the difference.