Is there a Real Difference Between Building Contractors? I believe there is. We have all heard stories how a contracting firm did one thing or another. But have you seen a difference when a licensed contractor has a personal passion in what he or she does?
I am reminded of a client who I represented when buying a new home. When the home inspection was underway in this particular property, because it was so smart looking, we all sort of had in our minds that not much would be found.
Boy were we wrong. There were so many short cuts and some really significant issues found that we were shocked. We met with the Sellers and pointed out everything in advance of making any request because the list was so extensive.
Following the advice of our Home Inspector, the Buyer hired various specialists and they confirmed the findings with even more detail.
The Buyer felt that the Sellers were just not aware of what their builder had done. We made our request and the Seller proceeded to meet with the Builder in order to formulate their reply.
The response we got back broke the spirit of the Buyer and he realized that if the issues were ever going to be corrected it would have to be on his dime. Considering the price of the property the Buyer felt he would have to forgo on the purchase.
The Buyer and I reminisced about this property today as we looked for another home to purchase and he indicated to me he had no regrets. He felt that the Builder took some serious shortcuts with some of the more important aspects of the home and he said he could never rest assured that the home would be free of other serious issues once he owned it. He said somewhere along the line this builder who had a good reputation must have lost his passion.
In this day and age, with stricter building codes no one would expect to run into this. But this Buyer did. Mind you, this wasn't about taking short cuts with lesser grade materials, it was the labor force that made their own deficiencies hidden from view and no one held them accountable. Since Builders don't usually do the building, then it is their supervision and talent for recognizing deficiencies and errors that set them apart. And to be the best, like in any other profession, it takes a love and real passion to want to do what is often unseen the right way.