• Yvonne Root

How to Stay on “The List”




How to Stay on “The List” of Your Preferred GCs

The most important part of making sure you stay on the list of your preferred general contractors is making sure the GCs are on the preferred list of their clients. What that means is doing everything in your power to make your preferred GCs look good in the eyes of THEIR clients.


There are two basic steps to take in that regard; they are:

  • Step One: Do what is required of you – it is called a contract, after all.

  • Step Two: Do more than what is required of you – proactive subs are more likely to stay on “the list.”


Listed Subcontractors Do Step Two

Most subcontractors show up on the project with a few goals in mind. They want to:

  • Pay the bills

  • Gain a feeling of accomplishment

  • Join in on the camaraderie of the construction industry


Elite subcontractors want all the above, plus they want to:

  • Maintain their reputation and the reputation of their business

  • Behave professionally


They do that by:

  • Visiting proposed job sites before work begins

  • Being ready to start on time

  • Having materials prepared from day one and every day after that

  • Continually monitoring the progress on job sites

  • Staying in touch with the project superintendent

  • Making sure their supervisors and other workers understand the task at hand

  • Completing the project well and with aplomb


BTW, I looked up the word “aplomb,” and this is the definition I found.


Aplomb: self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation.


And what can be a more demanding situation than a construction project?


Listed Subcontractors Take a Different Point of View

As much as possible, try to see your interaction with general contractors from their point of view. They want to see the completion of the project on time and within budget – with as few hassles as possible. And most importantly, they want to please their clients.


A straightforward way to address this element is to help your employees understand the overall goal – completing the project while making the GC look good all along the way.


Listed Subcontractors Say No To

  • Cutting corners

  • Leaving messes

  • Being out of compliance

  • Passing the blame

  • Making excuses


Staying on The List

Maintaining your position on a GCs list means keeping your diligence project after project. Building a professional subcontractor's attitude and posture takes time, uses excellent in-house and on-site systems and procedures, and helps general contractors see your worth.


Construction Contractors look to The Profit Constructors to provide advocacy in dealing with:


  • Clients and customers

  • Employees and subcontractors

  • Vendors and service providers

  • Governmental entities


Working with The Profit Constructors gives Construction Contractors the means to organize their operations in ways that help them:


  • Remain informed

  • Avoid hassles

  • Reduce risks

  • Be future-ready


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