I got an interesting call the other day and I think this potential client and I may have found a solution to the contractor vs. subcontractor wars. You know what I am talking about, right? The seemingly inevitable struggle between contractor and subcontractors – the contractor wants the project to come in at or under budget, the subcontractor wants to be fairly compensated for their work.
Well, after talking with this potential client, I offered to provide a quantity takeoff that he could furnish to the subcontractors. If the subcontractors were able to base their bid on this takeoff, then they could make apple to apple comparisons of the bids. This approach would be a better way to evaluate and compare the subcontractors.
Oh by the way… Is this the end all solution for strife between contractors and subcontractors? No of course not, but my potential client and I saw that providing the quantities for the subcontractors would be the best way for him to proceed.