When to use the AIA A401 Subcontractor Agreement

March 16, 2012 — 2,167 views  

There are many forms a contractor must keep in mind when securing a deal for a long-term project. Construction professionals ranging from tile masons to trim specialists have to navigate complex local and national regulations that dictate correct procedures and guarantee timely completion. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has several documents that facilitate official agreements, but perhaps no form is more important than the A401.

Supervising contractors are tasked with keeping specialized masons and workers on schedule and managing the payment of these experts. Unfortunately, the employment of these individuals carries some risk, especially when hiring an unknown party. If an unproven group is working underneath you, it might be a good idea to have them sign a A401 subcontractor agreement.

This form puts into writing the mutual rights and responsibilities of each party. This includes the contractor, subcontractor and owner of the respective project. An addendum that specifies an expected date of completion, anticipated costs and other critical information may be included. The form is also wise to use on projects that represent a significant financial investment.

Contractors can look to the AIA's A401 subcontractor agreement form to provide written documentation of subcontractors and specialized workers.