Top 7 Questions To Ask When Hiring a Contractor
By: Chris Herath
Hiring Tip #5: Will the Job Be Subcontracted Out?
Some of the most common stories you will hear about contracting jobs going wrong is when they are subcontracted out, and the original contractor did not do their homework.
This is normally done when the contractor has taken on more projects than his crews can accommodate. Be sure it is in your contract that if you have any issues with the work performed, the contractor, not the subcontractor, will be held responsible.
You do not want to have problems deciding who to contact if an issue arises. I have heard multiple stories about a job which was subcontracted and had issues, only to have the original contractor blame it on the subcontractors. The main thing to remember is you want to know who is legally responsible, and have it in writing.
Even though you are not doing the actual work, you are still responsible for any work done on your property. This means making sure the contractor and workers are insured and have obtained all necessary permits. These can include permits from city, state, or even homeowner associations.