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Are your relationships with your subcontractors important?

If you have been in business for a while, you may be well aware that developing trustworthy relationships with other like-minded individuals and companies takes time and energy. Sustaining the relationships you have with other industry professionals in Florida is critical to your ability to give your customers a product or service that you stand by and are proud to provide. In construction, you may wonder if working with subcontractors requires the same type of relationship commitment given they will be gone once their portion of the project is complete. 

Despite the somewhat temporary nature of your collaboration with subcontractors, developing strong relationships that are built on mutual trust and a solid understanding of each other's expectations and responsibilities is incredibly relevant. Your decision to thoroughly research potential candidates and then only work with those who share your company's values and vision is crucial to prevent the disappointment of working with someone who may hurt your reputation with lackluster work ethic or shoddy workmanship. 

According to esub Construction Software, some of the ways that you can develop long-lasting relationships with your subcontractors include the following:

  • Articulate the terms of your contract clearly and verify the other party's understanding. 
  • Set clear guidelines for budget requirements and follow up regularly to determine that all spending is accounted for. 
  • Always be professional and engage in regular communication to revisit initial plans and assess project progress. 
  • If you recognize an issue, be proactive about finding a solution rather than waiting for someone else to figure out what is wrong. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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