In the construction industry, many companies and even homeowners employ a number of subcontractors to help complete certain aspects of the job that they cannot or choose to do themselves. They are also referred to as “subs”.
If you’re ever planning on doing larger construction jobs like kitchen, bath, and home remodeling, or building a whole house, the first thing you should do is look for a list of some good subcontractors that you can trust.
You can’t do it all by yourself, after all.
Building a good list of subcontractors to use is no easy feat, but if you follow these tips and take the time to do your research, you can start building your own list of trusted contractors that you can use for future jobs.
How do you find a good subcontractor?
The best place to search for good subs is online with Google and Yelp. I have found that if you look for local tradespeople who have an actual company with a website and customer reviews, you can find some great people who can assist you with your construction projects.
Just like you or your customers research a company online, checking if they are legitimate and for good reviews.
The key is to search for companies that do not have a lot of exposure and/or reviews.
For example, let’s say you are looking for electrical, concrete or plumbing companies. You can perform a search in your local area for these trades.
A simple search would be “electricians or electrical companies near me”.
Search through the Google Maps section for companies that rank lower then the 3 pack or on Yelp, search for companies that are not ranking on the first page and appear to be small operations but have great reviews.
Read their reviews and visit their websites to see if they are professional and take care of their clients.
If they appear to be legitimate and have some great reviews, but not a lot, and they do not rank high on Google and Yelp.
This is a good indicator that they may not be very busy or that they may be just starting out, which means they are more inclined to work for you as a subcontractor when they are slow or in between their own jobs.
Now, just start calling the companies that you find. More often than not, they are 1 or 2 man operations and the actual owner will pick up the phone when you call.
If they are not too busy and you can pay them well for the work you need done, they will most likely be open to working with you. If they do a good job and you pay them on time, they may continue taking on more of your jobs and you will have someone you can count on.
Here is a master list of all the different subcontractors in the construction industry or to build a home.
1. Architecture & Design Contractor
Architects and professional designers are the brains behind the design concept, including the basic layout, materials used, and design of your floor plan.
They plan out how each structure or the remodel will look, how it will function, and how to make the most use of your space or the land.
They’re a must-have in making sure that your plans are properly drawn and that you don’t end up wasting money, time and effort in building something that is not up to local building code.
2. Demolition Contractors
A demolition company that specializes in certain types of demolition, such as residential demolition, commercial demolition, interior demolition, or selective demolition.
They have the knowledge, expertise and equipment to remove building components or an entire house safely and efficiently.
They are the professional demolitionists who help you to demolish part of a structure such as a kitchen, bathroom or the entire structure and make way for new construction.
They may also specialize in additional services like concrete cutting or swimming pool removal.
Demolition contractors often haul away all debris from construction sites.
3. Framing and Carpentry Contractors
Framers and Carpenters are the wood specialists.
They are the first people on the job site who can help with building a whole house, cabinets, stairs, and various other structural wood components of whatever you require.
Framers and carpenters will have to make sure all the wood is cut correctly and meets the right specifications on the building plans and permits, so that the whole house will go together correctly.
They will typically frame out the walls of a house and create the skeleton that the other trades need to finish the house and make sure it follows local building codes.
4. Electrical Contractors
Electricians rely on their knowledge of electrical circuitry and the tools of their trade to complete the job. They perform several tasks such as wiring buildings, repairs and maintaining these same systems.
These tools include electrical meters, electric wire, and connections. Life as an electrician can be dangerous and stressful on-the-job. This is why it is important to stay calm in all situations.
5. Plumbing Contractors
An individual or company that works with plumbing installing, maintaining and repairing pipes and fixtures that carry water, gas, and other liquids or gasses.
They work with pipes, tubes, hoses, and anything else that transports liquids, gasses, and other substances through a wide variety of different systems.
This includes potable water and wastewater, as well as gaseous fuels, refrigerants, and other gasses.
To do their job, they use a great array of special tools and equipment, including pressure flow meters, vacuum gauges, clamps and connectors, pipe cutters, and many other items.
6. Concrete Contractors
Concrete masons use the actual concrete to create different types of objects to help with construction.
They use this type of concrete to create patios, sidewalks, driveways, and other objects in the home.
They often pour large slabs of concrete that will make the sidewalks.
Masons, too, are employed by concrete companies to do their part in a project.
Often, masons are responsible for ensuring that the stone is level and that it is smooth.
7. Roofing Contractors
They are responsible for the installation, repair and maintenance of roofs and other exterior structures on residential and commercial buildings.
Roofers must complete a variety of tasks, both inside and outside the home or business, to ensure that the roof does not leak or require any repairs.
8. HVAC Contractors
HVAC Contractors can specialize in specific types of systems such as heat systems and air conditioning, or they can specialize in specific systems such as heat pumps or UV water treatment. HVAC Contractors perform many tasks including repairs, installations, maintenance and installation of systems in homes and businesses.
They are responsible for ensuring that a home or business is receiving the correct amount of heat and air conditioning, and that the system is running at its peak efficiency.
9. Drywall Contractor
During the drywall installation process, Drywall Contractors work closely with electrical and plumbing contractors to ensure the drywall is properly positioned and fastened over the subfloor and around the plumbing and wiring. Drywall Contractors are required to adhere to applicable building codes and standards.
10. Flooring Contractor
Flooring Contractors specialize in all areas regarding floor installation, repair, and maintenance.
This can involve a wide variety of services, such as carpet, tile, wood, laminate, and other hard flooring.
Not only do Flooring Contractors install the flooring, they also provide services to clean the floors.
This can include any kind of flooring material.
11. Tile Contractor
Tile contractors install tile flooring, walls, countertops, backsplashes and other surfaces– in bathrooms, kitchens and other living spaces.
They are skilled craftsmen who install various types of tile such as ceramic, marble, travertine, porcelain, glass and granite in residential and commercial buildings.
You can hire a tile contractor to do everything from design to installation, or you can just have them lay the tile for you.
The cost of hiring a tile contractor varies based on the type of job and the contractor’s experience.
12. Painting Contractor
A painting contractor is someone who specializes in the application of paint, varnish and other types of coating to structures, as well as their subsequent maintenance and repair.
Painting contractors can be hired to paint everything from houses, buildings, walls and ceilings to bridges, tunnels and tanks.
Painting contractors may also be involved in decorative finishes such as faux painting, staining or murals. In some cases, they may also perform sandblasting services and minor repairs such as filling cracks or holes in drywall or plaster.
13. Cabinet Installer Contractor
Cabinet installers are carpenters who specialize in installing cabinets.
They are often employed by general contractors that specialize in home construction or remodeling services, or by smaller companies that focus only on installing cabinets.
Cabinet installers are responsible for installing all types of cabinets, including kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.
These professionals must have a good understanding of how to use a variety of tools, such as nail guns, saws, and drills. To effectively do their jobs, cabinet installers must also be able to read blueprints and other plans so that they know where to place the cabinets.
14. Countertop Contractor
A countertop contractor is a general contractor who specializes in all aspects of countertops in kitchens, bathrooms, restaurants and other spaces that use counters.
They are experts in the installation of all types of countertops, including granite, marble, quartz and other types of stone.
15. Plastering Contractor
Plastering Contractors are the experts who repair and finish plaster walls and ceilings.
Plastering is one of the oldest building methods known to man, and it’s still widely used today.
When you think of old fashioned homes with high ceilings, it’s likely that those ceilings are made of plaster and lath.
16. Stucco Contractor
A Stucco contractor’s business is the application of stucco to houses and other structures. Stucco is made from cement, sand, and lime, and can be applied to wood or metal lath, or directly over masonry walls.
Stucco is a popular finish for homes in warm climates such as on the west coast due to its durability, attractive appearance, and relatively low cost.
17. Landscaping Contractor
A Landscaping Contractor is a contractor who specializes in the construction and maintenance of plants, trees, flowers, shrubs, and other natural materials, such as that for gardens, parks and other public green spaces.
They are responsible for the overall appearance and function of a home or commercial property’s outdoor area.
There are two main types of landscapers: hardscape contractors who work with stone, brick, wood, concrete and other structural elements; and softscape contractors who work with live plant matter.
18. Asphalt Contractors
Asphalt contractors are responsible for the construction, repair and maintenance of asphalt paving.
They do this work for commercial, residential and industrial buildings, as well as for roads, parking lots and recreational facilities.
Asphalt contractors use machinery to transport and compact asphalt into place.
This machinery includes trucks, loaders, rollers, paving machines and other equipment. Crude oil or recycled materials may also be used in addition to asphalt to create a more durable surface.
19. Waterproofing Contractors
Waterproofing contractors repair and maintain structures that prevent water from damaging homes, buildings and other structures. The majority of waterproofing contractors work in the construction industry, although some may work in the building maintenance industry as well.
They usually work with homeowners and commercial customers who have existing problems with their home or building.
20. Staircase Contractors
Staircase contractors are a type of contractor who specializes in designing, constructing, and installing staircases.
This includes everything from building simple stairs to complex spiral staircases, or even designing and installing them for commercial or residential use. They can also install railings and balustrades if needed.
The scope of their job includes installing staircases in both new builds and remodeling existing structures.
Many times, they are also tasked with designing these structures, designing them to fit the theme of the room they are being installed in while ensuring structural integrity.
21. Structural Steel Contractors
Structural steel contractors engage in the fabrication and erection of structural steel.
This includes iron workers, welders, and ironworkers who work on a variety of structures, including office buildings, stadiums, bridges, and power plants.