The main concept
that we want to get across is ...
pretty pictures only show what the client chose in design and
not the quality of construction and the integrity of the builder.
The client should investigate their
builder / general contractor by inquiring about past homes built
over 5 years ago, as well as recent jobs, and always ask for
Ask if they would hire this company
Have there been any problems or repairs
Were there any communication breakdowns
during and after the building process?
Did the builder use the materials quoted
in their bid? Was the bid detailed?
How accurate was the bid? Any surprises?
Ask the builder ...
How complete or accurate is the bid
he provides? Is everything detailed with brand name or description?
What materials does he use? Their bid
may come in lower because they use less than the best materials,
i.e., plywood vs. OSB (flake board) or staples vs. nails.
What insurance does he and any subcontractors
he uses carry? Workers' Compensation helps protect the HOMEOWNER
from being sued by the injured worker. Liability protects the
HOMEOWNER if their home is damaged or destroyed by the contractors
and their employees.
What is the warranty time period and
How long has he worked with his subcontractors?