- The subcontractor's experience and knowledge. It's one thing to have done similar work, but have they done it in that environment, for example; a building project in an oil & gas facility is very different to one in the city.
- Do they have the resources (staff, tradespeople and equipment) and are they available for your project.
- Their safety record.
- The subcontractor's cash flow.
- The reputation for quality.
- Is their price right? It should be within budget, but at the same time not too low that the subcontractor will loose money which could result in them cutting corners on the project, understaffing it, lodging spurious claims, and in the worst case possibly even going insolvent.
- The subcontractor's reputation for submitting claims and variations.
- The products and subcontractors they will use.
- Any exclusions or clauses in their tender which may be unacceptable.
- Their proposed schedule and methodology.
- The experience and knowledge of the team they propose to put on the job.
- Their current work commitments and any tenders that they may be awarded.
A poor subcontractor can harm a project, affecting the schedule, safety, client relations, quality and often costing the contractor additional money. It's therefore essential that contractors and clients go through a rigorous process when selecting a subcontractor. Some items to consider include:
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