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Is it possible to find some standard conditions for painting and decorating contracts that covers the sub contractor when the main contractor has probelms which effect the completion of work , employess standing around doing nothing could bring small companies down if not accounted for,
 

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This will assume that you have a Subcontractor Agreement.
Customize your own Agreement so when someone goes to work for you, your expectations are in writing.

Make a list "Standards" in your contract.

Spell things out
1. No smoking
2. No loitering
3. No contracting with homeowner
etc etc

Assumptions and confusion come from informal business agreements.

It doesn't make them any sort of Legal document, it's just that it sends a clear message and when the message is forgotten, you can remind them of the piece of paper they signed.

Just one idea that I have used successfully in the past.:thumbsup:
 

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I don't totally understand what you are asking for. are you the sub or the general?

If you are the sub-contractor and the general is holding up your production by not being ready for you to complete your scope of work you have two options. the first is pulling your guys until the project is ready. the second is to communicate with the generals super on the job and tell him you have to hit him with a change order to cover the lost time due to him not being ready. Odds are you will have to pull your guys anyway until he is ready.

if you are the general subbing to a painting company that is standing around; who cares? hopefully you did not sign a time and material contract with them and if you did; throw them off the job and do not pay them for 90 days, less documented time they spent screwing around.

Working as a sub-contractor on construction (new or remodels) is not going to make you rich (unless you are running 40+ painters). it is all on how you manage your jobs. to leave 2 or 3 guys on a job that is at a standstill is your fault. try sending out just one guy to keep the general happy; if there is not enough for him to get his 8 hours, have him pull off. none of us are in the painting industry to make friends - we do it to make money. you gotta get on the general and make sure that if they say they are ready; then they are ready.
 
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