Author Archives for Jada Porter

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Making Sense of Allowances

May 21, 2024 10:43 am Published by Comments Off on Making Sense of Allowances

For best results, narrow down the options up front Allowances—that is, budgeting general costs for items before the specific items are chosen—are a fact of life on many projects. Some homeowners have trouble making decisions before work begins, most commonly for appliances, cabinets, floor coverings, and plumbing and electrical fixtures. In those cases, the builder... Read More

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Built for Success

April 19, 2024 12:16 pm Published by Comments Off on Built for Success

Quality homes and satisfied customers don’t happen by accident. The best home builders have systems to ensure those outcomes. If you have a complete set of construction documents, including accurate blueprints and product descriptions, then material and labor costs shouldn’t vary much between equivalent professional builders. Most of the price difference will rest with the... Read More

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Change Management

March 22, 2024 9:04 am Published by Comments Off on Change Management

Post-contract changes need not be a problem, but they absolutely need a clear process Professionals who build fantastic homes for satisfied customers share some important traits. One trait is an obsession with details, and another is clearly communicating those details to the homeowners. Great builders are great communicators, and part of being a great communicator... Read More

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Raising the Performance Bar

February 22, 2024 2:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Raising the Performance Bar

The best builders engineer their homes for health and comfort Efficiency, health, and comfort—a great new home delivers all of those. However, creating that home using today’s construction methods takes more knowledge than most people realize. That knowledge is one of the benefits of working with a professional builder. Lots of homeowners ask questions about... Read More

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Avoid Costly Mistakes

January 16, 2024 3:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Avoid Costly Mistakes

How professional builders avoid some of the most common and costly construction mistakes. Most people judge a home by the obvious: a floor plan that’s a joy to live in, a streetscape that wows passers-by, great natural lighting, and lots of storage. The list goes on. But some less obvious details have just as great... Read More

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First Impressions

January 2, 2024 9:43 am Published by Comments Off on First Impressions

The best builders know that the initial meeting is about earning your trust A big factor in someone’s choice of a builder is their comfort with the first person they meet from the company, whether it’s the owner or a salesperson. Natural rapport is important, but gut feelings also play a role—feelings some homeowners aren’t... Read More