Subbing for other building trades can offer a good source of business for drilling contractors, whether they plug into a bigger pipeline job for cathodic, an HVAC contractor for geothermal or a custom home builder for water wells. But what does the primary contractor side of that equation look like?

We asked Cameron Fox, owner of Fox Custom Builders in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“If I am vetting a new contractor or using somebody we probably haven’t used before or something like that, if that contractor is asking a lot of questions and has suggestions, that’s probably a contractor you want to work with,” Fox says. “You want to look for somebody that’s not just there to do the job, but wants to do the best job.”

His company builds homes throughout west Michigan, and those homes often include a water well. Fox works with a range of subs, and offers some general advice for setting yourself apart as a sub.

This episode covers topics like:

  • How the cost to build a custom home has changed since 2020.
  • How the cost of water well subcontracting has changed since 2020.
  • How the cost of water well subcontracting compares to other items like septic, HVAC.
  • How water well drilling companies can better work with builders.
  • What builders look for when hiring water well drilling companies.

Check out today’s episode to hear more. Watch the video here or listen to the audio version of our conversation at You can also find our show on Apple Podcasts. Search for Drilling In-Site, then hit Subscribe.

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