Right, Rob. Selecting the right individual or company to work on
your project is very important so Rob and I have put together some
“do’s & don’ts” and then we are going to actually
interview a couple of candidates..
First of all, you need to have your homework done. Do have your
plans ready to go over with any potential builder.
Do get referrals from reputable building supply companies.
Don’t accept the lowest price. Get at least two or three bids
Is the builder a member of a professional association that has
standards and a code of ethics?
Ask if the builder carries insurance.
Rob: Don’t pay everything up front. You should have an agreement
on partial payments throughout the project.
Storm: Make sure you have a complete contract and read it carefully.
A detailed description of all the work should be listed on the
contract including a breakdown of all labor and material costs and
Do have agreed upon starting and ending dates.
And find out how all the debris and material will be removed
once the project is finished.
Okay, well…I think that covers some of the do’s & don’ts.
Now, lets talk to a couple of individuals I’ve asked to stop by
the show. Will the first builder please come in.
your name, sir?
Tom Perfect, but you can call me Mr. Perfect (takes a sip from
Now, ahhh, Mr. Perfect, how long have you been a builder?
Since I graduated from Harvard, I put myself through school by doing
remodeling jobs on the side.
Well, that’s impressive. What kind of projects have you worked on
(rather “uppity attitude”) I handle only
the best projects…Trump Tower, Sears Building those are just a few
of my major accomplishments. I’ve done work for the Rothchilds,
the Kennedys, of course and I’m currently working on a 100 story
building for Minneapolis and a 75 story building for Detroit.
My goodness, you’re a busy builder. What is your fee and are you
interested in our project?
I charge $10,000 upfront just for scheduling me and I’m sure I
could fit it in somewhere in my schedule.
Okay…well, thank you for coming by. We’ll let you know our
decision next week.
As long as it’s by Monday, I’m going on a cruise and I won’t
be back for 3 weeks.
Okay….well, that’s one type of builder you might want to think
twice about. Probably expensive and scheduling could be a problem.
Okay, let’s have our next applicant.
And, your name sir??
(sits down fumbling with tools) My name is Tim…..I’m Tim
Well, Tim, I see you have a lot of tools.
Yes, these are like my children. They go with me everywhere. (could
start whimpering as he looks at a couple of tools) I’m
reeeeally attached to them.
Okay, Tim, now how long
have you been a builder?
Well, let’s see….. I started building sand castles when I was 3
and then I moved up to Lincoln Logs…..
Ahhh, Tim, I was referring to building real projects.
Oh, well I decided to become a builder a while back when I changed
Changed your career from what?
I was a shoe salesman.
(amazed) How long have you been a builder?
About 5 or maybe 6….
Naw….months. Yep, it’s been about 6 months since I hung up my
shoehorn. I’ve worked on 3 projects since then.
Really? What kind of projects?
Well, my first project was a basement remodeling (starts taking
off gloves to show bandaged fingers). That was a good starting
project. I learned a lot from that.
And since that project, what have you done?
Well……(starts taking off jacket to show bandaged arm) I
did a room addition. Yeah, that was a real learning experience.
You seem to have a few injuries. Did they happen on the job?
Ahhh, yeah actually, they did but that’s okay, I didn’t charge
the customer for my week at the hospital. And the doctor said I’ll
be good as new in 3 weeks.
What is your fee?
Oh…well now, let’s see, I guess $1,000 would be okay…that way
I can pay up my insurance premium.
Well, Tim, thanks for stopping by. Well let you know.
(gets up to leave and starts moaning) Oh, my aching back; I
guess I’d better go lay down. (walks out).
Well, we’ve got one more builder. Let’s meet him..
Folks, that’s why these meetings are so important. Okay will the
next builder come in.
Welcome…and you are?….
Carpenter: I’m just a carpenter.
Okay…well, we have a few questions about your building experience.
Carpenter: I’ve been a carpenter all my life. My father taught me
everything I know.
Do you have a specialty?
Carpenter: Churches are my specialty. I’m an expert in following
the blueprints, their foundation and their structure. I have all the
necessary tools and I have a crew of12 that help me. We put our
heart and souls into the building of a church. You see, as my father
taught me and as I have taught my crew of 12, the most important
foundation in life is through the church. But it’s not cheap to
build a church. It does take money to build to make it strong and
safe for all who enter its doors.
Well, what is your fee or commission?
Carpenter: I charge the standard building fee for materials and
labor for my crew. And my commission is building a church for the
foundation of life for our children and our families.
& Storm stand up)
Well, Storm and I would like to thank you for stopping by and after
the show, we’d like
meet your crew and talk about our project.
& Storm shake hands with The Carpenter and The Carpenter
Rob, I think I speak for both of us, this truly was a special show.
I think we all learned something.
Absolutely, Storm. We all know building projects, remodeling…takes
money and it takes experienced builders to do the job right. I think
that’s it for today’s show. Storm, how about you and I head
outside and meet the rest of the carpenter’s crew. I’d like to
hear more them.
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