The written agreement between the contractor and subcontractor sets the ground rules for everything that will happen on the job, so it should be simple, concise, and organized. Unfortunately, a lot of the contracts I’ve seen don’t measure up, including the one my company originally used. It was a five-pager with lots of legal boilerplate that, despite its length, either lacked the specifics needed to minimize conflicts or buried them where they were unlikely to be read. The result? We seemed to have misunderstandings with subs on two out of five jobs.We eventually created a contract written in simple language...

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