8 Great Ways to Find and Hire a Subcontractor

Lets face it, some job sites are almost impossible to finish the job on time but with the help of a subcontractor, there’s a sigh of relief. Finding the perfect subcontractor is not easy, however, but it you won’t have to search too far to find the right person. Don’t waste you’re time hiring someone to do the hiring for you.

Here are 8 ways to hire a subcontractor proficiently.

1. Clients Know Best

The client is your best resource in finding and recommending subcontractors. They managed to find you one way or another and clients do best at sharing recommendations with friends and other prospective clients. So it doesn’t hurt to ask the client first.

2. Question Your Suppliers

Another great resource is your material suppliers. You work with them everyday so why not? Suppliers know the ins and outs of almost all subcontractors’ work that chances are, they know the right person to recommend doing the job.

3. Subcontractors Know Subcontractors

It’s no coincidence that your previous subcontractors have friends or fellow coworker that is also a subcontractor. Asking former subcontractors about anyone they know with a strong work ethic will likely result in a several recommendations and a new hire within minutes.

4. Search Craigslist

If tips 1 through 3 didn’t work, then there is always Craigslist. You may need to search within the next biggest city close to you where there are guaranteed to be subcontractors looking for work. It may take longer to find the right person for the job, but it also doesn’t hurt to take the time and try.

5. Research the New Hire

You can never be too safe when hiring a new person for the job so you’ll want to perform a background check to make sure. Be aware if the subcontractor that you’re hiring has liable insurance and legitimate licenses. The subcontractors without liability insurance could cost you a whole lot more than what the job is worth, so be cautious.

6. Observe New Hire for Trial Period

Although you might have gone through the necessary steps to find the right subcontractor for the job, it’s important to give a trial period to your new hire. This trial run will allow your new subcontractor to prove that he or she is a great worker with a strong work ethic.

7. Think About Price Range

Value in work ethic should not be judged by the amount charged per hour. Just because a subcontractor charges less for their work does not mean their work isn’t highly valued. Of course, the same goes for higher cost subcontractor fees, which does not always mean their work is better. Be mindful of the skills each subcontractor fulfills before making decisions based on price.


It may not always be an easy task to find the perfect subcontractor for the jobsite, but following these 7 great ways to find and hire the right person will hopefully get the job done.

8. Use Job-Shack

NACC Partners has a National Database of GC’s and Sub’s that allows us to match Member GC’s to Localized Sub bases for a more competitive bids.

Watch the video below to learn more:


Big thanks to Karl Hatfield at Armstong Steel for this informative blog.

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