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Subcontractors are Great!

“Subcontractors”. It’s a controversial word in the construction industry. Customers do not like to hear that their project is being “subbed out”. But, the sub contractor model has been the mainstay in the construction for years. The fact is that the vast majority of construction or renovation companies (renovation, new construction, restoration, roofing, drywall, painting, framing etc . . .) utilize subcontractors to deliver their service. Yet, the fear remains:

“It’s scary to think that you are hiring one company when another one is doing the work. One place books it and then sloughs it of taking its percent of the profit,” said the owner of a recently renovated home. “I write a cheque to one company but who knows who is actually doing the work?”

There is a perception out there that the only way to get a job done right is to get actual employee based company. In reality, a properly managed project, done with subcontractors, can deliver the best result at the most competitive price. Why is the subcontractor model successful? Simple: subcontractors are paid a fixed price to deliver their service. Inefficient or poor quality work means money lost for the subcontractor. In other words, subcontractors’ are motivated to get the job done on time, on spec and on budget.

A good construction firm screens its subs just as rigorously as it would employees, weeding out the weak from the strong. Once a project is awarded the professional firms assign Project Mangers who oversee every step of process, holding the customers hand and stepping in when needed. Professional HR practices, strong management and motivated on site workers means a successful project in the end.

One local company is taking that a step farther. Wolfgang Commercial Painters is putting their subcontractors through school. To be a contractor for Wolfgang, they must go through Wolfgang University. “Wolfgang University is designed to use the collective knowledge of the Wolfgang Organization and the painting industry to ensure that our painting crews are experts in preparation and application,” says Operations Manager, Greg Bertram. “[With] Wolfgang University training [the painters] will give you a better paint job and a better customer service experience. Ultimately making everything easier for all parties involved. Win/Win.”

It’s not all just about the paint. “We are more excited about the opportunity for everyone in the company to grow from the experience. [It] is also about living our values of openness and teamwork within the company,” says Greg. “I personally look forward to the great possibilities of improvements on all fronts”.

Wolfgang Commercial Painters is a major commercial painting company located in Burnaby BC. Wolfgang Commercial Painter’s has made Business in Vancouver’s Fast 100 list the last 2 years running. Both owners, David Notte (CEO) and Kevin Parenteau (CMO), are active members in the Entrepreneurs Organization as well as their community.

Erin Gray

About the Author: Erin Gray

Erin Gray is the Office & Marketing Manager/Finance Assistant for Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Vancouver's top commercial and strata painting companies. On a daily basis she could be responsible for doing back end maintenance on the website, organizing marketing campaigns, building videos for the website, paying suppliers and painters, collecting on outstanding invoices, ordering office supplies... just about anything that needs doing to keep the office running smoothly.

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