There are firms that hire start-up and established contractors and tradespeople. These firms are where a contractor, subcontractor, or trades professional may be able to pick up some extra commercial work during this bad economy.
There are two industries that are in need of qualified construction and trades professionals all around the country. These industries are facilities management and construction inspection. First, let’s explore facilities management companies.
Facilities management companies help larger corporations with multiple facility locations to maintain their facilities. The Apple computer store at your local mall doesn’t search the Yellow Pages when their drain is backed-up. The store manager contacts their facility management company (or FMC), who in turn dispatches a plumber/drain clearing company to handle the job. These FMC’s sub-contract this work out to local professionals. Both retail and office properties may need a number of different professionals including: carpenters, handyman, locksmith, security alarms, HVAC, flooring, doors, glass, electricians, general contractors, exterminators, office cleaners, painters and plumbers. Each FMC needs to call on these service professionals when a need from their client arises. Apple has over 250 US locations, that means that Apple’s FMC needs to have at least 250 handyman, HVAC, electricians, and plumbers near these locations to handle service calls.
Sample List of Facility & Property Management Companies:
·Pioneer Properties – www.pioneerpropertiesinc.com – clients include: Ann Taylor, Aeropstale
·A Anthony Corp- www.aanthonycorp.com – clients include: Marshall’s, CVS, Nordstroms, Whole Foods, US Postal Service, Starbucks
·Major Renovations – www.majorrenovations.com clients include: Shoe Carnival
·Resicom – www.resicomonline.com – clients include: restaurants, retailers, hospitality industry
·Buyers Access – www.buyersaccess.com – clients include: apartments
·Maintenance Plus - www.mplusllc.com – clients include: Starbucks, Panera Bread, Union Bank, Chick-fil-A, and AT&T.
·ServiceCom USA – www.servicecomusa.com – clients include: GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy.
·Nationwide Security & Building Services – www.nsbs.net – clients include: Apple Computer, Ross Dress For Less, Blockbuster, AT&T
·Empire Facility Maintenance – www.esgfm.com – clients include: New York & Company, Sprint PCS, Guess.
·1st Choice Facilities – www.1stchoicecorp.com – clients include Blockbuster, Advance Autoparts, Home Depot, Foot Locker, West Marine, Dennie’s
·N G &G – www.nggservices.com – clients include: Saks 5th Avenue
·Retail Maintenance Inc. – www.eretailmaintenance.com – clients include: retail chains, malls
·Maintenance Retail Services – www.maintenanceretailservices.com – clients include: Kohl’s, AutoZone, Kangaroo Gas Stations, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Regions.
·Retail Maintenance Management – www.retailmaintenancemanagement.com – clients include: Footlocker
· Cyprexx – www.cyprexx.com – clients include: retail chains, malls, office buildings
What to do? Contact each of these companies and inquire about becoming a service vendor. They typically have an application to fill out that includes contact info, services provided, General Liability and Workers Comp Insurance if required. Along with the geographic area you are willing to service. You want to become an approved vendor so the next time Apple has a problem, you will get a call to come fix it.
The second group of companies are known as construction inspection or property inspection companies. They are involved with mortgage lending for new construction and remodeling activities. The mortgage lending industry uses companies to help verify progress made during new construction and remodeling activity for the loans they write. These are sometimes called draw inspections. The qualifications for becoming a draw inspection are typically knowledge of building and construction and possess a digital camera and computer. These typically pay around $50 per draw inspection.
Sample List of Construction and Property Inspection:
Granite Construction Inspections – www.gcinspects.com
Clear Capital – www.ClearCapital.com
Trinity Inspection Services – www.trinityonline.com
Northwest Loan Monitoring – www.nwmonitoring.com (only serves western US)
Commercial Assessments – www.usinspect.com
Property Diagnostics – www.propertydiagnostics.com
National Association Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) – www.namfs.org
Society of Field Inspectors (SOFI) – www.sofi.us
Society of Independent Representatives (S.I.R.s) – www.sirs4quality.org