How to Manage Sub-Contractors and Keep Costs Down

As we all know money isn’t just growing on trees in this current financial climate. So extending, repairing or renovating your place of residency can be quite a daunting and expensive process. Ill share with you how to manage projects so you pay the absolute minimum for contractors and materials.
Before you start any project around the home, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Be thorough and research what materials you will need to use, what council/government House Plan 4382 restrictions and codes you must abide to, whether the project has to be engineer designed and lastly the process of how the project is constructed.
There are many factors why project costs can be considerably higher if a contractor is used. They include, operating Nominated Subcontractor and overheads for the business, risk, insurances, licensing, tools and tool maintenance and the list goes on.
If you employ a primary contractor to carry out a project he/she will generally add 10-15 percent of every sub-contractors fee onto their quote. eg. You employ a builder to renovate your kitchen, he/she will get quotes from plumbers/ electricians/ cabinet makers etc. After the builder receives these quotes he/she will add 10-15% to this quote as a fee for managing the Builder will also add 10-15% to all materials he/she sources for the project also.
I am a qualified bricklayer so ill give you an example of how you would micro manage the construction of a retaining wall.
Firstly I would contact the local council and verify that I am permitted to build the retaining wall in the location I am planning to build. Then I would contact my local, or state building authority and verify if the retaining wall needs to be engineer designed. If so then I would contact several engineers or engineering companies and arrange quotes.
Lets just say the job requires an engineer designed construction.
Once an engineer has drawn up a detailed construction plan, you should write out a plan or schedule for the trades required in this construction process, and the materials and quantities required. This can be calculated off the plans supplied by the engineer. For this job it would be something like this:
Excavator operator-dig Footing and back fill the wall.
Steel fixers- To construct steel reinforcment cage.
Concretors- To pour and level concrete footing.
Brick or Blocklayer- Lay Bricks or Blocks and insert horizontal and verticle steel reinforcement.
Concrete pump (if building a block wall)- Fill wall.
Water proofer- Water proof the back of wall to prevent moisture coming through wall.
renderer or painter- If required.
Never just get one quote. You should aim to get 3 quotes from every trade as prices will vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Ask for quotes for labour only, and for labour and materials. Some sub-contractors will have trade accounts with suppliers and be able to get materials at a discounted rate.
If the subcontractor can get the materials cheaper than you, obviously sign them on a labour and materials contract but …

Over Crowded Construction Job Sites – A Sub-Contractors Nightmare

Electrician Apprentice Salary projects must stay on time, but there are a myriad of challenges which can come up creating delays. There’s always the weather, building inspectors, owner change orders, material shipment challenges, labor issues, and subcontractors. Just when you think everything is under control and on schedule, Murphy strikes. Of course isn’t that how Murphy’s Law works, therefore it should be all predictable right? Sure, and of course construction projects always leave extra leeway, and over budget on time even if they try to stay on a strict schedule.
One of the worst challenges is when you are trying to force the schedule or to get back on schedule and you have too many subcontractors on the job site at one time. Things have to be done in a certain order, and one subcontractor slows down the progress of another, or comes in with their tools all Reviews Of Contractors Near Me over the place, taking up half the parking lot, making it impossible to get a delivery, or get through and it makes for a very rough week. People get upset, frustrated, and subcontractors have been known to almost come to fistfights, as they use a few choice words while holding deadly power tools.
Yes, this is a nightmare for the contractor, but it is even a worse nightmare for a subcontractor who also has a number of jobs to do and is working on his own schedule. If one contractor is doing the electrical, and another one is doing the drywall, obviously the electrical contractor has to get done before the other person starts hanging the drywall. That goes without saying right? But what happens when the drywall contractor can only do it during a certain week, as he has other contracts and other places to be?
If he is somewhere else after the electrical contractor gets done, and then that might delay the person who’s going to put on the baseboard, or do the painting. And all this coincides with the deliveries for the drywall, the delivery for the baseboard, and all this stuff is stacked up all over the place in the way of the people trying to work, or where they need a park their trucks with their tools, and all the other issues.
Throw in a little whether such as too much heat, humidity, wind, or rain and well, you can just imagine how all this controlled chaos trying to stay on schedule turns into a complete nightmare for everyone. Please consider all this and think on it.…