Why Is the Other Guy Cheaper? That is a good question and one that is often asked. It is one that we frequently ask ourselves and others in our industry. We are constantly looking for ways to improve productivity and efficiency without compromising quality. The answers for why the other guy is sometimes cheaper are varied and dependent on many factors. However, it usually boils down to you get what you pay for. Choosing a contractor based mostly on price may not save you money in the long run.
The number one most important thing homeowners can do to protect their investment and minimize the stress in their lives is to choose the best general contractor they can find and to make that contractor the person they rely on for all of their remodeling and maintenance needs.
Warren Buffet has been credited with saying that when you hire someone look for Integrity, Intelligence, and Energy. If you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. To these, we would also add good general health and emotional stability.
Here are the top two questions we think you should ask your potential builder. These are open ended questions. Ask them and listen carefully. If the answers are short, ask the contractor to expand upon his/her answers and give him plenty of time to answer.
1. How do I know you know what you are doing and that you consistently provide an excellent product? Can you provide me with concrete evidence?
2. Tell me about yourself personally and how you run your business.
A good general contractor will set aside time on a regular basis to read, attend courses, network, and to learn as much as he can from his specialty subcontractors and peers. Things change quickly in this industry these days. There is a lot to know. Building is truly a science. It is a challenge to stay on top of all of the innovations and balancing them against what makes sense for the client’s budget. There are also lots of regulations and they are constantly changing. Your builder has to stay up to date on all of these things.