Is construction contracting a bait and switch?
I noticed this issue with my last house and also with the one that is currently under construction. It seems that few of the contractors who bid for my projects actually do any of the hands-on work. Moreover, it is seldom done by contractor employees either. Instead, the contractor (who is typically licensed and insured) subcontracts the work to other “professionals.” On my current project, I’ve talked to the builder about this practice of jobbing projects and then handing them off, and he says that’s just the way things are done nowadays.
So is that the case in the rest of the country, or is this another peculiar practice limited to the Deep South?
This just seems like a bait and switch to me. A reputable front secures the work and then hands off your project to another team. On a few occasions, I’ve arrived onsite to find these workers doing the wrong thing, sometimes with the wrong materials, and the contractor no where to be seen. The whole thing seems exploitative.
Straighten me out if I don’t have the complete picture.
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