Hiring subcontractors for your painting business? Set clear expectations and terms with a painting subcontractor agreement.
A painting subcontractor agreement is a legal document that outlines the terms and conditions between a contractor and a subcontractor for working on a project or set of projects.
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Disclaimer: These forms are not legal documents
We suggest you modify each document to fit your business and then take them to a lawyer to review them.
The following sections are included in the above documents:
Outline what kind of insurance your subcontractor needs to carry and the limits. Specify conditions such as adding your company as an additionally insured party.
Here are the most common types of Insurance required for painting subcontractors working under a general contractor:
- Workers Compensation
- General Liability
- Auto Insurance
Outline how the subcontractor will submit painting invoices and any terms such as retainage, back charges, payment times, etc.
You might require your subs to use properly maintained equipment or that their workmanship conforms to product manufacturer guidelines when rendering services for your company.
This could lien release policies, negligence terms, dispute resolution, default terms, government regulations, and taxes.
Handling Materials & Work
This should outline who’s responsible for the delivery, receiving, storage, handling, and staging of trade-related materials.
Outline your company’s safety policies that your subcontractors need to conform to.
Outline your project’s cleanliness policies and standards.
Set expectations about subcontractors soliciting work from your customers or third parties.
Outline your completion date terms such as liquidated damage fees.
Outline your process for handling additional items, known as change orders, to your scope of work.
You’ll find examples of all of these terms in our free subcontractor agreements.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you hire painting subcontractors?
You can hire painting subcontractors to complete painting projects on your behalf unless your customer contract prohibits hiring subcontractors.
What should I pay a painting subcontractor?
Painting subcontractors are typically paid between 45% to 60% of the total project price.
Should I use a contract when hiring a painting subcontractor?
Yes, you should use a contract when hiring a painting subcontractor to set clear expectations and terms and provide legal protection for both parties.
Bonus: Now that you have a solid subcontractor agreement, read our article on how to subcontract painting jobs to start scaling your business.