Maintaining schedules depends on maintaining close relations with subcontractors. Some subs can be booked up as far as a month or more in advance, requiring contractors to adhere to their schedules and strive to remain the sub’s top priority. Friedell Co. achieves this through these activities:
- Communicating right from the beginning and updating subs regularly so the project moves smoothly and the sub knows what to expect.
- Requiring written bids and stressing that subs adhere to those costs unless change orders arise.
- Paying immediately -- all bills received by Wednesday are paid by Friday. "That earns us a lot of loyalty," Roger Friedell says. "That lets them budget their own cash flow and depend on us. It makes us stand out."
Right on Schedule
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