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How to get the most out of your builder

I once built a house for a man who owned a pizza franchise.  He would frequently bring a few pizzas by the job site.  He would talk with my subcontractors for five minutes while they ate their pizza.   He was always positive about the job they were doing and told them how much he appreciated their good quality craftsmanship.  It is just human nature to do a good job when you feel appreciated.  You can't believe the extras those subs did for the homeowner, at no additional cost.  To this day, that is the best home we have ever built.  The homeowner was actually one of the most demanding we have ever had.  However, he gained the respect of my subcontractors before he would say something like, “I know I am being a jerk, but I noticed there is a crooked stud in the hallway, when you get a chance would you mind changing it out.”  With a mouth full of pizza the subs would say, “Sure we can do that for you.” 

Chew on that thought as you contemplate building your dream home.

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