How To Make Sure Your Home Is Built To Award-Winning Standards
Many people believe that building a high-end home means they will automatically get high quality workmanship and products, regardless of which builder they choose. Unfortunately, this is not always true. Just because you pay a premium price for something, does not mean you are guaranteed a premium product. The exact same principle applies when building your luxury home.
Now I’m not saying that you should shop around for a builder who can build your home for the lowest price (this is just asking for trouble), what I am saying is that before you set your heart on a builder, you must understand that your home may end up costing you a lot more than you expected or not the way you envisaged.
While poor workmanship is unacceptable at any level of home building, it is especially true when it comes to the construction of luxury homes, and if you don’t get the level of quality that you were expecting, you are left feeling burnt, angry and bitterly disappointed – and who could blame you?
A common problem is that a lot of people believe that all luxury builders will provide the same quality of workmanship and deliver their projects in the same way, and that all trades employed on these homes have the same level of skill. This cannot be further from the truth.
While many builders use subcontractors to work on their homes, some builders thoroughly vet these contractors based on their experience and skill, while others do not. And this is one reason why you may not end up with the quality you were expecting. While subcontracting is a perfectly legitimate and common occurrence, it is so important that the entire team building your dream home are highly experienced and have been hand-picked for their consistent high level of workmanship and attention to detail. The last thing you want is to pay someone to practice on your home, on your watch and with your money!
Another thing you must understand is that not all suppliers are created equally and different builders source products from different suppliers which will vary in quality. This is how builders who low ball their prices just to win the contract, try to make up for it by using cheaper substandard materials and products, and unfortunately you end up the loser as you won’t get anywhere near your desired finish.
Also, there are a lot of builders out there who are signing jobs with little to no margin which means they need to have a high turnover of homes built each year just to stay afloat. This results in sloppy, rushed workmanship and again you are the one who pays!
As you can see, an award-winning quality built luxury home demands only the finest and most skilled build teams and products.
To ensure your home exceeds your expectations, check that your builder has a skilled and professional build team and that all subcontractors are thoroughly vetted with a proven track record. It would also be great if your preferred build team had won some awards in luxury home construction. Another thing you can do is ask the builder to provide you with the contact details of previous clients so that you can talk with them direct about their building experience.
To ensure you get the exact products you want in your home, your builder must get you to complete a full selections process prior to signing a contract. This is a document that specifies the exact items and finishes you want in your home, ensuring that you are in fact, paying for what you agreed on and that no cheaper, inferior substitutes have been included.
This is some of the best advice that you can follow to make sure that your home delivers value and is completed with the highest quality workmanship.
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