Proposals and Contracts

                                 Proposals and Contracts

When considering Proposals and Contracts, there are commonly two types of contracts: prime contracts and subcontracts. The first is when you are providing the only work involved on a project and are dealing directly with the owner or their representative. In this case, you will be the prime contractor. The second is when you are bidding to provide work on just a portion of a project. This means that the job will involve several trades and will be managed by a general contractor. In this situation, you are the subcontractor. In both situations, proposals and contracts are going to be required.

                                                                                              Read it All!

When submitting a bid as a subcontractor, you will not typically provide your contract. Most often you will be required to sign the general contractor’s or owner’s contract. These can be very simple documents, but more often than not can be rather long and complex. It is mandatory for you to read and understand each contract you sign; your success will depend on it. Often these documents can be quite tedious to read, but if you skip anything, it is at your own peril. A good part of these contracts are typically rather mundane, and not crucial to your success on the project. You still, nonetheless, need to be aware of what you are signing.

                                                                                           Scope of Work

The very best case scenario is to have your Scope of Work and Clarifications included into the customers contract language, either in the body of the contract or as an addendum. Either way, if you sign a contract that does not allow you to specify what your inclusions, exclusions and conditions are, you are putting yourself at risk, and at the mercy of someone who does not have your best interests as their primary concern. Once you have won a project and are performing your work, it is not uncommon for the representatives of a general contractor to ask you to perform work that was not included in your bid. This is when a well constructed contract can save you large amounts of misery.

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lynnj
Lynn Jackson began his painting career over twenty years ago under the watchful eye of a master painter. After many years of learning and perfecting his trade, working both on his own and for contractors, he finally settled in Northern California.

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