At Mid-State Masonry, we specialize in large-scale, new construction work. We have built high schools, residence halls, shopping centers, and vast community centers, just to name of a few of our projects.
We work exclusively with general contractors as a Division 4 turnkey masonry subcontractor under a general contractor. As a general contractor, what questions should you consider when hiring a masonry subcontractor for your next new construction project?
How Do You Screen and Manage Your Employees?
This question can be phrased a million different ways, but in the end it comes down to this: when you hire a sub-contractor, that company’s employees represent you on the job site. You want to ensure that they will represent you in a professional manner. As a general contractor, you are ultimately responsible for the work done by the company and any issues that arise involving your subcontractors.
At Mid-State Masonry, we employ only the best brick and stone masons. We pride ourselves on our strict adherence to the latest OSHA safety guidelines and provide continuing safety education to all employees to ensure a safe workplace for our team members. We also maintain a strict drug-free work environment through pre-employment, post-accident, and random drug testing.
Can I Have That in Writing?
When shopping around for a masonry subcontractor and accepting bids, make sure that any work quoted is included in the written bid along with costs. Although it can be tedious, make certain that any verbal on-site project changes include a written follow-up. In addition to protecting you from unforeseen costs at the end of the project, a written scope of work for each and every change that is made will ensure that both parties are on the same page and that no costly misunderstandings can occur.
We use the latest, state-of-the-art estimating system, 3-D Estimating, to bid on projects and track all changes from the beginning stages of each project all the way to completion. We will provide you with written estimates and project changes throughout the project.
What Are Your Credentials?
Any subcontractor you hire should be licensed, bonded, and insured. Prior to working with a new company, ask them to provide written proof of licensure and the relevant insurance documents. Legitimate subcontractors will not hesitate to provide this documentation.
We are licensed, bonded, and insured, as well as members in good standing of several professional organizations, including the Mason Contractors Association of Greater Columbia. When asked, we are happy to provide documentation of our licensing and insurance to give you greater peace of mind.
Can I See Your Portfolio?
An established subcontractor should be proud to show you their finished work and should have a variety of projects in their portfolio. If possible, visit the completed projects in person and see the work for yourself. An on-site visit gives you an opportunity to inspect the work first hand and see how it has weathered the test of time. Also, ask for the contact information for the general contractors involved in the portfolio work and follow-up by actually placing calls to the project supervisors. Inquire about the subcontractor’s professionalism, quality of work, and any issues that arose during construction.
We are proud of the work we complete at Mid-State Masonry and display a portion of our portfolio here on our website. Examples of our work may even already be in your communities for you to visit in person.
Especially with new construction projects, there is immense pressure to meet deadlines and stay on budget. For a competitive pricing bid on exemplary masonry work for your new construction project, contact us today.