There’s a saying that goes something like this, “A carpenter is only as good as his tools but a poor carpenter blames his tools.” Being a carpenter myself, I strongly identify with this motto. You can’t do a great job without having the correct tools in your belt, but you have to be a good carpenter to know how to use them properly.
As a general contractor, we have updated this saying to apply to subcontractors: “A general contractor is only as good as his subcontractors.” Subcontractors are our “tools” so to speak. They execute the work that we lay out and serve as our “hands” in the field.
In order to make sure that we have the best subcontractors in their respective fields, Skydell Contracting spends much of our time verifying each sub’s required skills. We also make sure that any subcontractor we send to a job understands that they represent us: when they do a good job, it makes us all look good.
What it Takes to be a Skydell Subcontractor
Becoming a subcontractor for Skydell Contracting Inc. is a multi-step process. If a sub falls short in any of the following areas, they don’t get added to our tool belt:
– A minimum of five years in the trade
– Liability insurance
– Workers compensation insurance
– Automotive insurance
– Licensed with the state of New Jersey
– Satisfied references who would have this subcontractor back again to do work
– Proven track record of cleanliness and promptness
However even with all of these criteria in place, we will only use a new sub on several smaller jobs before allowing them access to our larger projects.
We also don’t put all our eggs into one basket. We maintain a list of subs in each job category such as electrical, plumbing, tile, etc., for two reasons: 1) Work flow—-to ensure we have an appropriate level of man power when work load increases; and 2) Skill matching–to select the most appropriate sub for each project (e.g., some tile installers excel at small complicated jobs, others are better and faster at large, straightforward jobs).
Once a sub becomes part of the Skydell Contracting family, our next job is to make sure they are taken care of just the way a carpenter takes care of his tools, always making sure they are clean and sharp. Our subcontractors become part of our family and we look after each other the way brothers and sisters do.
As a way to say thank you to our subs for all their hard work and dedication, we recently had a subcontractor appreciation BBQ at our offices in Manville. As you can see from the below pictures, a good time was had by all… especially around the horseshoe pit!