Critical Qualities to Look for in a Subcontractor

One of the biggest benefits of working locally in South Florida for the past 20 years is the deep network of relationships we’ve formed with subcontractors and trade specialists over the years. We know that the success of a project depends on the quality of work that gets put into it, and the only way to ensure a quality finished project is to rely on quality subcontractors to get the work done.

We also know that the best subcontractors keep tight schedules and aren’t willing to partner with just any GC. (Want to be sure you get the right subcontractor for your next job? Read this first.)

At Seacoast Construction, we rely on our deep network of local subcontractors when selecting a team for each new project we undertake. We also consistently re-evaluate their work to make sure they’re maintaining top performance. Here are some of the critical qualities we prioritize when selecting a subcontractor:


First and foremost, they have to be good at what they do. This means being able to successfully navigate multiple projects, if applicable; maintain solid communication; and skillfully execute the task at hand. Experience also plays an important role in how well the subcontractor can maximize its resources to ensure the project stays on track and on budget.


Being honest and upfront about what the subcontractor can and can’t commit to is an important quality to consider. Are they fair and truthful in providing the highest quality of work, and do they adhere to and comply with industry standards and best practices? If there’s one thing you can’t compromise on, it’s integrity.


One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to commercial projects and subcontractors. When evaluating potential subs for our projects, we always compare a subcontractor’s experience and abilities with our project’s requirements. Sometimes even the best subcontractors might not be the best match for the job at hand.

Selecting the right subcontractors doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes years to develop strong working relationships and dedication during preconstruction to finding the right ones for each build. For more things to consider when selecting subcontractors, take a look at this blog post and get in touch with questions.

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