How to Keep Your Subcontractors Happy
Subcontractors are an essential part of the flipping process. Without people to do the rehab work, you don’t have a fixed up house to flip. But they can also inflict added costs and turn a dream job into a nightmare. Follow these tips to keep them happy — and your deal on track.
Treat people like people
Treat people the way you would want to be treated. Even though the TV episodes that feature Armando often show yelling and throwing things, in real life, he treats subcontractors fairly and respectfully.
So should you.
But don’t be a doormat. If subs lie, delay their jobs for no good reason or try to charge change orders without approval, you need to let them know who’s boss.
Pay subcontractors on time
An easy way to lower stress and the number of subcontractor disputes is to pay people weekly and pay on time. Make sure you follow through and make that deadline. After all, the subcontractor is a small business and a sudden change in cash flow hurts.
If some issue comes up with a lender, make sure to notify your subcontractor as quickly as possible. You don’t want anybody taking advantage of you, and your subs don’t want to feel like you’re taking advantage of them.
Let people know up front
Make sure your subcontractors know your rules up front. Tell them that you understand they have been burned in the past and so have you, so these rules are to protect both of you.
Be honest about every clause and detail upfront. Don’t hide anything, tell them the rules, and let them in on your system. The better they understand your system, the better they will work for you.
Follow these tips and you’ll keep your house flipping machine running smoothly.