Contracting Best Practices: Standards, Referencing and Reminders
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on best practices within the world of general contracting. Best practices are used across many industries or job types, speaking to both safety and job quality, and they’re especially important in fields like contracting where precision is so important.
At Contractor’s School, we’re happy to offer a wide range of services for general contractors of all experience levels, from general contractor licensing and other courses to numerous services for those who have an existing contracting business they need some assistance with. Best practices are regular topics between us and our clients, and we’re happy to help with these as you get started with or improve your business. Here are some other basics to know, including specific areas where contracting best practices come into play, the role of these best practices in client transparency, and more.
You may have been wondering during part one of our series: So what exactly are the areas where best practices should be set up within contracting? There may be several, including the following:
Job quality: Everything from the manufacturers you use to the techniques you carry out on properties.
Safety: Both for contractors and clients.
Cost: Standardizing pricing best practices is also highly valuable.
Waste: If waste is generated during any job, you need best practices for waste removal and cleanup.
Speed: Often connected to job quality, speed is also important for many clients and contractors alike.
Transparency and References
Another major area of importance for best practices within general contracting is client-facing. Clients want transparent contractors who will show them standardized best practices if asked.
For this reason, it’s important to keep best practices not only updated and active, but also handy and accessible. Today’s technology allows for this to be done easily – some contractors store their best practices in the Cloud so they can access them from any smartphone or mobile device, and there are similar themes for computer storage available. But if you can’t access these while visiting with clients, they’re less effective.
As we’ve gone over multiple times in this series, adjustment of best practices is vital over time. In fact, we strongly recommend that contractors set reminders for themselves to periodically update and change best practices. The goal here is always to make these easier to follow and understand, plus to match them up with all the latest developments or new practices you’ve come across during your time in the field.