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#155564 - 01/16/05 08:53 PM Sub Contracting  
ToHo  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
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I reiceved a call from a local home center and was asked if I would do there electrical installs for them. They want to use a lisenced electrical outfit. I guess in the past they had a handy man doing the electrical installs. The oppurtunity does'nt seem bad. If nothing else its good expsure for the company.I was wondering if anyone had any experience dealing with this type of sub contracting. Thanks... ToHo

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#155565 - 01/16/05 09:12 PM Re: Sub Contracting  
Electricmanscott  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,457
Holden, MA USA
I have not done this but what I have heard of it are higher than normal insurance requirements.

#155566 - 01/16/05 10:39 PM Re: Sub Contracting  
nesparky  Offline
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 642
I looked into this a while back. Check out the pricing the home center gives out vs what they will pay you. I found out that the ones I looked at had low ball prices for your work and kept 45% of that price as a fee for getting you the contact. there was no money in the jobs for overhead or profit. If you like working for less than you pay 2nd or 3rd yr apprentices this might appeal to you. But if you want a profit you have to tell the home center that all the install prices will be set by you and they will only get a set price for each referal that results in a signed contract not just a contact.
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#155567 - 01/16/05 11:22 PM Re: Sub Contracting  
slumlordworker  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 84
south bend indiana
i looked in to it and the insurance requirement was just too high for me at the time also one company wanted everybody in my company to be drug tested have a criminal background check on file do a credit check and everyone was suspose to have name badges. sounded like a crock of crap to me plus some of the advertized prices they offer are so low u would have to be a hack living on the streets to work for that rate

#155568 - 01/17/05 08:13 PM Re: Sub Contracting  
Electricmanscott  Offline
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Holden, MA USA
You have to be kidding. Drug testing, criminal background check, name badges, a crock of crap? Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

#155569 - 01/17/05 08:39 PM Re: Sub Contracting  
Wirenuttt  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 267
I had just given a guy that worked in the electrical dept of the big box store my business card. He gave my number out to anyone who asked for an electrician. It was private no involvement with the stores policies.

#155570 - 01/17/05 08:44 PM Re: Sub Contracting  
Joey D  Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 259
Arlington MA U.S.
I wire hot air furnaces for a company that gets the jobs from Home Depot. I think they pay a 10% fee of the job back to the Depot. They charge what they want to so it works out.

#155571 - 01/17/05 10:45 PM Re: Sub Contracting  
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Grayslake IL, USA
I don't think I would want to sub for the big stores because I don't see them as a partner but an enimy.



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#155572 - 01/17/05 11:18 PM Re: Sub Contracting  
Dave55  Offline
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Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
I read a poster at the local supply house that said, "We will never compete with you". It showed an ad of HDs for installations of ceiling fans, etc.

Personally, I'm not very fond of kick-backs.


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