The General Contractor’s Guide to Switching It Up

General Contractor’s Guide

Routines are predictable. They help us make decisions easy – just do what you did last time. It’s a snap. It can also be costly. Going with the same contractor over and over may prove easy, but are you really getting the best deal every time?


How do you know your subcontractor is the best one? It might be. It might not be. Is communication an issue? Sometimes. Does your go-to subcontractor get the job done? Probably. Do they always get the project done under budget? After a while, coming in over budget might be expected of your go-to subcontractor – and that’s not good!

Make a list of what’s most important to you and your work, and always keep it in mind when working with people outside of your business.


Look at all the options. There are a lot of them out there. You might want to consider testing different options to see if you’re getting the best deal. You might get a cheaper deal, but with lower quality – that’s ok. Now you know, and you can move on to the next opportunity.

An even better strategy – ask for recommendations. Good people, good ideas, and good companies tend to come in a package, so ask for recommendations from those that you judge to have good character.


After you find a subcontractor that’s better than your go-to guy, meet with them and establish a good relationship. Build trust so you never have to worry about any surprises. Communication is key.

If you find a great subcontractor who consistently comes in at or under budget, that’s great! Use that extra money to improve another part of your project or test out another subcontractor. It’s totally up to you.

Once you find the perfect partner, someone who meets all the requirements of what’s most important to you and your work – help them out. If they’re small, help them grow so they can take on your bigger projects. If they’re well established, make them your new, exclusive. go-to company.

You can do this with any type of subcontractor – materials, lighting, equipment – you name it.

While your routine may be easy, you may be losing out on great business opportunities, money, and better quality work. Switch it up!

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