The myths, misconceptions, and mystery surrounding the homebuilding profession have given builders a poor reputation. The prospect of building a new home can generate a ton of anxiety and worry, mostly due to lack of knowledge. Getting to know your builder can foster a greater respect and higher level of confidence for a company’s ability to deliver a high-quality custom home. Any preconceived anxiety vanishes through a deeper understanding of your builder, and the construction process as a whole.
Builders are Business People
First, it is important to understand that professional builders are business people. They build custom homes because it’s their chosen profession. Like any business person, they are interested in making money, but as a professional builder, they make money honestly, and seek to earn a reasonable profit. Unfortunately, some builders lack these necessary business skills to be successful in the industry. This leads to dissatisfied customers that often skew the reputation of home builders as a whole.
But, as quality home builders and business professionals, Sandy Spring Builders constantly refines our approach to business, adheres to predetermined building schedules, and establishes reliable and lasting partnerships with building products suppliers, financial institutions, and specialty trade contractors. We live in the same areas as we build, and we’re active in our communities. We rely on a strong local reputation to continue to grow our business.
Work on Display
Unlike most other industries, a builder’s work is always exposed to the public; while cars and washing machines are assembled in factories and seen only on the showroom floor, a house is on display from foundation to finish. Often, what looks to be incomplete or irregular during one stage of construction is quite different from the eventual finished product, which can lead to misinterpretations or misunderstandings between a builder and a homebuyer.
Builders are engaged in the home building process every day, over many years, giving them quality experience and a unique perspective. They have a vision of a home’s evolution that extends well beyond daily progress, one that few owners can truly share or comprehend. Because of this perspective, a builder may appear to take a casual approach to what a nervous homebuyer perceives as a problem on the job site. Simply, the builder has likely seen or heard about it many times during his or her career, knows implicitly how to deal with the situation, and has significantly less emotion invested in a home than a client does. That doesn’t mean that a good builder will ignore an owner’s concerns; they will address them as part of the process in a logical and methodical way.
Communication is Key
A quality builder works hard to clarify their motivations and construction approach prior to the build, and seeks to view projects through their client’s perspective. Successful builders listen closely to buyers’ concerns, respect an owner’s questions and patiently communicate solutions. They understand that building a house is a considerable emotional investment, a potential source of anxiety, and a financial investment. Understanding this, quality custom home builders seek to ease those burdens.
By the same token, an informed and understanding homebuyer recognizes that the construction process is second nature to a professional builder. When both a homeowner and a builder respect each other’s roles and approaches to the business of homebuilding, it fosters better and more open communication, opens the opportunity to develop trust and maximizes the prospect of achieving a successful and satisfying project.
Busting the myths and misconceptions and truly understanding your builder not only eases anxiety in the construction process, but also makes the build more enjoyable and cultivates a quality relationship for life. Sandy Spring Builders seeks to provide their clients with the smoothest and most enjoyable building process as possible. We’ll collaborate with you from concept to creation, and beyond! Call us now and tell us all about your project.