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Old 10-18-2019, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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SheriffTruman made this post on the Real Estate Forum, and it relates directly to folks who plan to work with a production builder on new construction in the Triangle.
Too often, you can expect a "We can fix that (If we want to)" approach to quality.



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It gets worse. All of the big nationals have eliminated the project manager/ construction manager position as it used to be. Instead of a superintendent running 5-8 houses and a CM/PM running the community as a whole, with several Supers under them, they have a department in Atlanta or Dallas pushing the paperwork and maybe a Regional CM type position over a whole metro area, and each on-site person (they have various names, from builder, Project manager, Superintendant) is running 20 plus houses at various stages. I talked to one guy the other day that is building 40 townhomes by himself over about an 6 month period.

The on site people are banned from going on any roof or ladder or actually doing anything at all. There is no actual control of the project, just a never ending attempt at putting out fires. Turnover is very high, as well as burnout. I’ve had a client engage me for inspections and find out at the pre-drywall inspection that they just changed Superintendents, and then at the final it’s yet another one. That’s three on one build.

Then when it goes to the warranty department it’s a whole new turnover.
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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That is why I feel it is so important to buy local. The local builders need to keep their reputation. Local builders are not only for custom/semi custom homes, there are local builders that build entry level homes too. It really pays to do your research.
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Old 10-18-2019, 09:20 AM
 
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That is why I feel it is so important to buy local. The local builders need to keep their reputation. Local builders are not only for custom/semi custom homes, there are local builders that build entry level homes too. It really pays to do your research.

I would extend that not only for home builders, but for everything possible. Local is almost always better.


Usually you know the folks you're buying from, you know their reputation, and they know you.


That's especially needed when purchasing something as expensive as a house.
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