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January 12, 2009 | | Comments 0

Limitation of the Project Home Builder

“Why won’t the Project Home Builders help me?”

We hear this all the time. But just for a second put yourself in the Project Home Builders’ shoes.

Let’s use one example…

A top 10 Project Home Builder in South East Queensland probably builds approximately 400 homes per year. It’s like a manufacturing process or production line… they just keep pumping them out.

The minute you want to make a request like:

  • “I would like to put in my own kitchen please”
  • “I would like to use my own electrician and access the site during construction to upgrade my lights”
  • “I would like to move the bedroom and ensuite from the front of the house to the rear of the house”

You’ll be met with a resounding “No!”  “Sorry we dont do that.” etc.

Many people get upset about this. But consider the same scenario with a Car Manufacturer. Imagine if you asked: “I would like to modify the engine and gearbox of the car, using my mechanic and we would like to have access to the vehicle whilst it’s being built so that we can do this.”

Seriously, how many car manufacturers’ jaws would drop? All. And how many could say ‘yes’ to you? None!

Project Home Builders are discount home builders. They build good quality homes at good prices in specific Metropolitan areas where demand is high. If you do not fit into their box then don’t take it out on them. That is what they do well and they are entitled to determine what they do for a living.

Project Home Builders represent 70% of the market and as such can meet the needs of that market well. The rest of the market has to be met by Custom Builders (10% and the very top end of high quality and costly residential construction) and then Owner Builders at 20%. Why is it that 1 in 5 homes / renovations / extensions are conducted by an Owner Builder? It is the only guaranteed way of getting exactly what you want.

If you are seasoned and have a specific idea of what you want then don’t go to the project home builders. They don’t have the skill or the resources to tailor something to your needs. In fact they don’t want your business. If they do take it on then it’s because they don’t have enough work to keep them occupied and that is something that should worry you to begin with.

If you have no concern for your budget then talk to a custom (design and construct) home builder. These builders are craftsman and you will no doubt get a fantastic outcome, but you must be prepared to pay (and make sure you’re sitting when you get the tender estimate).

But don’t get down!

Owner Build it.

Yes you can Owner Build if you have the right system, support and people working with you every step of the way. We are constantly amazed at how some people said “No Way” to Owner Building, who then took on the project, completed it on time and within budget – and emerged so proud of their accomplishment. If you don’t fit into the Project Home Builders Box and want to take a really good look at the Owner Builder Solution then UBuild Homes can help you.

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