What is DirectSubs?
DirectSubs is a web-based app that connects people who build & flip houses with all the various contractors they use on a regular basis. For example, if you’re flipping a house and are in need of a framer or roofer, electrician, plumber, tile person, demo person or simply need someone to handle certain miscellaneous tasks throughout the project – you can post it @ DirectSubs.com and wait to be contacted by local, interested and available contractors.
Who should register on DirectSubs?
DirectSubs was designed for builders, developers, house flipping pros, real estate investors and all the various contractors they use on a regular basis.
Pro Tip: Even if you’re a contractor who’s too busy to take on new clients and/or new work, you should still take advantage of registering even if it’s just to pay attention to the opportunities that become available. Do this so you have options if/when you decide to expand OR find out there’s a last-minute cancellation in your schedule, which we all know happens. Broadening your horizons and connecting with new investors can only be a good thing.
Where is DirectSubs currently available?
In the greater Philadelphia area, where we launched. Stay tuned for our next location!
Why was DirectSubs created?
CJ Koch created DirectSubs because he knew there had to be an easier way to connect with contractors for his projects. CJ got tired of calling colleagues to ask “who they use” for certain trades because his people wouldn’t show up or got too busy or too expensive etc. He also noticed some of the contractors who he used regularly were great and reasonably priced but unable to find work on a consistent basis. So after recognizing the disconnect, he launched DirectSubs in his hometown of Philly in hopes of creating some equilibrium within the industry.
How do I register?
Go to DirectSubs.com, click on the Register button and enter your name, username, email, password and optional profile picture. Then wait for your new registration email that will allow you to continue setting up your profile.
Pro Tip: The more detail about you and your company – the better! If you’re licensed & insured, include it! If you’ve been in business for over 10 years, include it! You get the point.
Is DirectSubs just another version of Angie’s List or Home Advisor?
No way! Those sites are geared towards homeowners which is great but DirectSubs is geared towards people who participate first hand in the real estate investment & construction industry.
I’m a licensed and insured contractor, how can I differentiate myself?
DirectSubs now provides contractors with a place to upload their credentials. Those credentials can include PA home improvement contractor documentation, general liability insurance, OSHA certifications and/or other municipality or trade-specific licenses. Basically any documentation that will help the contractor promote their hard-earned career choices and allow them to stand out.
Pro Tip: It’s time to better distinguish between people who have legitimate overhead & administrative costs and others who may not be equipped with the necessary tools required to complete a project in a safe and proper manner.
What’s your cancellation policy?
Our policy is simple – cancel anytime and come back anytime as well. The delete account option if at the bottom of the Account Settings page, you can’t miss it.
How do I know the contractors are reliable?
First things first, you must perform your own due diligence regardless of how you obtained any contractor’s information. However, a good starting point is reviewing their profile and checking to see what type of documentation they uploaded. Do they need to be licensed and insured and if so, did they upload a current license and proof of insurance?
Pro Tip: As mentioned, no matter how you receive a referral or recommendation and regardless of who it’s from – you simply must perform your own due diligence. That begins with, but not limited to, interviewing the prospect, asking relevant questions and reviewing any necessary documentation. Additionally, you may want to consider asking for names/numbers of recent clients or affiliates to ask them about their experience with the contractor.
How do I know the real estate investors (aka builders & house flipping pros) are reliable?
This process isn’t much different than the previous explanation. In addition to reviewing their rating, you’ll want to meet them and if possible, meet at the jobsite in question. It should give you a glimpse into how they run their jobsite which may correlate to their overall professionalism. Also, chat with other subcontractors who are on site and ask them about their experience while working with this particular person.
Pro Tip: You may also want to consider discussing pay schedule as some builders etc will expect you to wait until their draw has been funded and others may expect you to wait up to 30 days after invoicing. It varies and there’s no right or wrong approach but it’s always best to broach beforehand. Additionally, you may want to touch on how you’ll be getting paid and if there will be any tax-related paperwork involved. Always best to iron this stuff out in the beginning.
Can you give me any tips on vetting someone who responded to my post?
As mentioned above, there are multiple things you can do including by not limited to talking to them and having relevant questions ready. Those questions could include permission to contact a couple of their recent clients to ask about their experiences with this contractor. You can ask them if they’re licensed & insured and how many years they have been in business and if they’re OSHA certified. Sometimes it’s also worth asking if they’ve had any recent disputes with clients or where they think the breakdown in communication happened and how they remedied the situation. Most importantly, make sure you don’t rush into any decisions and follow your gut as you should feel good about moving forward with this person or company.
Pro Tip: You should put the time in upfront and don’t rush into hiring the “1st available person” because 9 out of 10 times, that doesn’t end well for either party.
Can I choose to receive my DirectSubs notifications through email or text messaging?
Yes, you can choose whatever method you’re most comfortable with but please remember to turn on your SMS button that’s within your Account Settings and then click Manage Notifications which at the very top or very bottom of that same page.
It’s my first time Posting a Project for my new flip, any suggestions?
Absolutely. I usually begin by trying to incorporate a couple of pictures simply to help place the project into context. Also, try to be as descriptive as possible with your verbiage and expectations. If you need someone to be licensed, include it. If you need someone to be highly specialized in something, include it. Also, do your best to be realistic with your estimated project start date. So if you say you’ll be ready for someone to get started installing your interior doors & trim next Monday, make sure your material is on site and you’re ready.