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By Jacklyn in Hillsdale, MI on 8/17/2005


I am wondering how far are you willing to go to find subs? I live in a small town and I would like to have my plans bidded out to about five or more per category to get cheaper prices. Major cities are about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours away. Are you willing to go that far? I am thinking that if they do not live in the same town I live in, they would not care about their reputation and will do a bad job. What do you think?
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By Lori in Reno, NV on 8/19/2005


All contractors have different criteria for miles traveled. The bid pricing may be higher to offset travel.

If you are apprehensive about using out of town subs, make sure you do your homework; check with the BBB and contractors board in the state where they are licensed for any violations

Have you tried Owner-Builder Connections? It is the premier location on the Web to find other owner-builders in your area. Maybe someone in your area can suggest subs they know or have used.


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By Jacklyn in Hillsdale, MI on 8/19/2005


Yeah. I tried the O-B Connections, but none were close to my area. What I plan to do now is to go to the building department of our town and the nearby towns, and see if there are O-B's who pulled permits last spring and I will call them up and ask where they got their subs. So far for the month of July there were three O-B's who pulled permits. I still have to find their phone numbers and give them a call.
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By Kevin in West Chester, OH on 8/19/2005


I live in a decent-sized area (suburb of Cincinnati, Oh)... so, most of my subs are local. Some of them are 45 minutes away... My framer, is actually from 1 1/2 hours away... which, I didn't know when I hired him. He is managing the travel and related expenses... He has been outstanding so far, probably my favorite sub, so although only a single example - at least some out of towners will do quality work! He tends to work long days to help offset the travel time.  

My guess is your challenge will be getting people in larger cities to do the traveling. My 'out of town' framer is from a small town, so he travels to get the work. If there were more than enough work in his area (i.e., like there may be in a city) he wouldn't travel as much.  

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By Lori in Reno, NV on 8/19/2005


Jacklyn,

I looked online and found this website ci.hillsdale.mi.us I surfed the Building and Zoning Department. I called and spoke with Deb, she said there are several subs in the area. She asked where your property is located, within the city limits or is it county, and what subs did you need. I told her I was not sure how much of the work you will be doing yourself, so she offered the below info.  

If it is county, then the permits for structure, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and soil erosion are administered by the Hillsdale County Building Department. If it is city, the city does the structural part.

If you give them a call she said they may be of help. But, you are also welcome to view public records for permits obtained by O-B's.

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By Jacklyn in Hillsdale, MI on 8/19/2005


Lori,

Thank you so much for that information. I did not know that Hillsdale would have that website. I will most certainly give her a call.

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