If you’re an HGTV fan like me, then you’ve probably seen the show Holmes on Homes. On the show, contractor Mike Holmes fixes houses that are a by-product of cheap labor, poor planning, and shoddy contract work. He totally revamps the home—sometimes gutting it if necessary—to meet code and cleans up the mess left behind by the previous contractor.
His philosophy is simple and I tend to follow his way of thinking: Do it right the first time.
So many builders cut corners these days. They take the fastest, easiest route possible to get the job done and forget about quality, customer satisfaction, and simply doing a good, honest job. Yes, we live in a fast paced world and we’re getting more and more impatient, but your contractor should never make you feel rushed. Getting it right the first time requires time and patience.
If you’re building a new home or remodeling and existing one, remember that it has to last you a lifetime. It’s a place where you live and raise your kids. Taking a little more time up front to get the details just right will pay off big time in the end. If your builder seems like this isn’t his first priority, maybe you should consider taking some time to search for a registered builder. Here a few reasons to give us a look while you’re researching.
Remember, the last thing you want to do is call Mike Holmes in to fix what the other guy did wrong.