That is a difficult one to deal with. One thing that I do is
inform them right up front that they are to clean up after
themselves EVERY TIME THEY FINISH. By this I mean when the
electricians come in and do their rough in, when they finish
the rough in, they are to clean up their mess. So if it takes
them 3 days to rough in, on the third day they clean up. I
also inform them of the rates that I charge for cleaning up
after them if they fail to do it themselves. Some of them opt
to let me do the clean up. (25.00 an hour for as long as it
If a sub leaves their crap after they leave, they get one
phone call informing them that they have left a mess and it
will be cleaned up the following morning and backcharged to
them unless they send someone out to do it.
Since I usually have a laborer on site, it is easy to keep it
Paid a contractor with shady and shoddy reputation (per many local realtors
opinion, not mine) to build my home. Having that heads up as hindsight, I
supervised the cleanup myself. I was present daily during the entire
building scenario, building my standalone garage. The framer sub was the
worst of the bunch of subs in regards to maintaining remnants in the
dumpster. The contractors rep met me, and he "helped" the framer sub attend
to cleanup. Oddly, and with high suspicions on my part, the framer sub was
also present at the final cleanup with the contractors rep. If it smells
like roses, it probably is roses. Pay attention. Contractor only wants
your money. The contractor's employees and subs only want the contractor's
monies. Cleanup responsibilities and where and who provides means of where
to dump the refuse is in the contract. Mileage varies with regular cleanup,
and final cleanup is done properly.
A good sub framer will police the area prior to the end of the day. His
framers will "clean as you go", if they want to go home on time. To a less
extent, the same with the rest of the subs.
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