The Skinny on Subs
Your builder is responsible for meeting the terms of your contract. In short, he works for you. But his subcontractors, or “subs,” answer to him, not you. So how can you control the quality? The best time to check out the subs is when you’re reviewing a builder’s references. When you talk to his former clients about his performance, also ask about the subs he used. If someone mentions a sub that was either exceptional or awful, inquire about whether that person will be used on your project. Remember that project schedules and availability fluctuate and your builder may not know all the subs he will engage for your project at the onset, but it’s good to set the expectation that you will be monitoring every step along the way.