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Project/Job Type is Essential Information in the Construction Business

On Mar 11, 2017 by

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In Construction, “Type” is Essential

Whether you’re a small-to-medium sized subcontractor starting work on a new job, or you’re an national construction business with new projects starting every week, getting new business is the lifeblood of your company. But did you know that when it comes to securing your future payment, determining the project/job type is an essential, first-step that should be done before work even begins?

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But just because this information is essential doesn’t mean that it’s always easy to determine. This chart (below) offers some basic guidance that might help to determine the type of project / job you’re working on.

[Note: This chart is by no means full-proof or definitive and is intended for informational purposes only. The process to determine a project/job type varies greatly on a case by case basis, and there is no “magic bullet” method that works every time. That being said, project/job type is always essential info, and is ideally determined before work even begins.]

What Other Project/Job Info Is Essential?

The project or job type is just one item in a longer list of essential information that you should collect on every project. Depending on the state you work in, your role on the project/job, and even on the specifics of the project/job itself, some or all of the following info might be required for you to send notices and secure your payments:

  • The Project/Job Address (which in some cases must include the “valid legal property description”)
  • Project/Job Type
  • Your Role on the Project/Job
  • Important Dates or Milestones related to the Project/Job, used to determine notice and/or claim deadlines (zlien has free deadline charts available for download)
  • Important Parties involved on the project, including:
    • Property Owner
    • General Contractor
    • Who Hired You (if different than above, which may be the case if you’re a sub-subcontractor hired by the subcontractor, or a supplier)


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Additionally, on some projects, some or all of the following participants might also be involved. If they exist on your project, then you should probably make note of them. These participants may include:

  • A Lender
  • Surety/Bonding Company
  • The Bond Number or other bond identifying info
  • The Contract Number on some public jobs

Resources from zlien

One of the most valuable services that zlien provides comes from our JobSight team, which is dedicated to providing zlien‘s subscribers with all of the information they need on their projects, even if the information you have is incomplete, inaccurate, or even if the information you have conflicts with our own research.

We also have a project/job information template to help you gather all of this essential information in one place (please see download, below). This is a resource from zlien that’s available at no charge to our subscribers and non-subscribers alike. Feel free to make use of the template, and good luck on your next project from your friends at zlien!

Download Project Information Sheet Template

On Mar 11, 2017


Peter is zlien's Content Manager. He works to create useful content that makes the mechanics lien and construction payment process simple, easy, and fair for everyone in the construction industry.

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