Thoughts That Build – I Got a Guy

So, I got a guy I could do it cheaper now. I’m sure most of us in the construction world, be it residential or commercial have definitely heard this before and while it’s all born of good intentions from the start, you know in my experience I’ve tried it, didn’t like it in certain respects, liked it in other respects, but I really wanted to talk about you know some of the pros and cons with what to watch out for in something like this and this is for clients, this is for architects, this is for contractors, as well everyone. Everyone included and really at the crux of it is we all know cost is an issue especially for the smaller businesses, the independents of course for the larger companies to 100% but at the end of the day it really boils down to what type of company? Is this guy you know referring to on a project, right? Is it is he picking and choosing from different suppliers? Is he calling in favors, what if something goes wrong. So, I really wanted to talk about these pros and cons.

Now, on the surface it sounds simple, cost slower go with it 100 percent run but something us contractors have to consider, something clients have to consider as well is. what are the ramifications that they don’t perform, they don’t meet a schedule if you know quality is not there. If it’s an alternative product but we weren’t aware of it do, they know the shop drying process, do they not know the shop drawing process, there’s a lot of different things, do they know? You know the prompt payment terms in the industry especially here in Ontario or wherever you are for that matter. You know that’s one, second one that I ran into which wasn’t so much fun, was if there was an issue that guy said well I deal with the client. So I’m going to talk to them, it really doesn’t make for a cohesive working environment because you’re trying to push with the schedule, you’re trying to quality control, I mean checks and balances and then it gets to, he said, she said. You know what I mean and that really has an impact of where that contract is now.

If the client wants to take on a contract third party, us as contractors sure we can coordinate, we can advise but that’s about it. On the other side, we can hold back payment, so on and so forth, so there are many different things in my experience very few times I’ve stumbled across. Some good contractors normally it’s usually referred to by other contractors that work with contractors on the job site and that usually works out really well but really, at the end of the day the real question is who is this guy? What is he about? It’s no different than the questions that me as a contractor asked my subs or my suppliers. Some of them before forged relationships with. So, we don’t need to worry but the new ones definitely we have to no different than the questions as you, as a client have for someone like me as a contractor, who are you, what are you about, when you take a chance on you and so on and so forth. So, while then there is a need to entertain this collaboration this communication you know please make sure that a lot of checks and balances are made and that whoever is coming on board, that the right processes are always followed. It will lead to a much much more fulfilling project.

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