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Subcontractors and Best Practices
Developing and constructing housing is a very cost-conscience industry. Sometimes during construction, many of the people actually installing materials such as siding and roofing are actually being paid “piece work.” Piece work is the method of paying a set amount based on the quantity rather than paying hourly wages. This is not how WES Operates. Piece workers make more money at the end of the week if they skip critical but time consuming steps. Because they are incentivized to maximize production, they have no interest in solving difficult transition problems.
How WES Works with Subcontractors
We are extremely diligent in checking references, visiting jobs, checking credit and checking with material suppliers. We develop training for each sub for each job, were we work with the installers on mock ups. We prepare copies of the project details and make sure the workers understand what is required. We track who has been trained to do what and make sure that any new staff is trained before they work on our jobsite. We keep a weekly sheet with the names of all the field staff and what tasks they have been trained on. We inspect their tools. If they don’t have good sheet metal tools, they likely are not capable of doing good sheet metal work. When subcontractors make a quality wage it is a lot easier to demand the best from them.