|Posted by Brian L. on September 20, 2010 at 4:10 PM|
I stay on budget. PERIOD.
Lately there has been alot of discussion between my customers and I about the importance to stay on budget or rather the lack of concern for other builders to stay on budget.
Ever order a service or product and be given a "set price" only to find out that it will end up costing you more? I pride myself on staying within your budget and will tell you upfront what I can and cannot do. I always tell my customers that other guys know you are only going to build once, so they feel they must make as much money as they can off of you. This never made sense to me because they would make alot more money by having customers that are extremely satisfied and call you back for other projects. My business relies on repeat customers.
I never understood why contractors always overrun the budget on a job and used to think for years that they do not know what they are doing. But lately I have come to realize that they DO KNOW exactly what they are doing, in other words, it is intentional. They get the job part way done, where you already have a significant amount invested and then the price autoumatically gets bumped up. You feel like they are holding you hostage. Not a good feeling by any means.
As long as you are reasonable with the requests you make of your builder and give him a little room to work within a budget, then you will benefit in the end. Don't be afraid to ask about a "top end" price to get the job done and make sure you are in agreement with your builder on this.