employ From the Ground Up as your "Eyes on the Site"?
We believe the best reasons are the answers we've given to our clients'
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
Why should we use From The Ground Up when quality
and craftsmanship are the the builder's responsibility
New home builders are quality conscious, but errors, omissions and unacceptable shortcuts do occur. It's a fact that
builders don't build new homes, trades people do. If all the trades are equally skilled and conscientious, everything is fine.
However, sometimes someone can misread a plan, forget to follow up and correct an error or try to save some time and money through shortcuts. The
problems can be covered up and you won't find out about it until after you have moved in. We're not rushed by construction schedules. We take
the time to inspect carefully and to follow up.
Don't City Inspectors look for problems in New Home
Yes, they do, but their concerns are generally safety and local building code issues, not quality and craftsmanship. The City
Inspector's job only requires them to visit your new home approximately four times. It's not
their job to check to see walls have a bad "WOW" in it, the insulation is placed in the walls or the attic properly (or at all) or that
those extra electrical outlets you wanted haven't been installed. That's our job!
The person who sold us our New Home guaranteed it
would be "perfect". Shouldn't we believe them?
Boy, there's a lot of "depends" in that guarantee, chances are you were dealing with a salesperson who isn't too familiar with
the business end of a hammer and won't even see your New Home until the pre-possession walk-through. Even smaller builders still
have to hire trades people and profit considerations sometimes mean that "good enough" rather than "perfect" is what you're going
to get. From The Ground Up can help ensure that your builder pays off on that guarantee.
What if From the Ground Up inspects our New Home and
discovers no quality or craftsmanship problems?
We'll be amazed and you can consider yourself very, very lucky. All the trades people on your site were extra skilled and
conscientious. Everything in the thousands of steps involved went perfectly. In a perfect world, this is the way it should be.
In reality, though, we've never seen it happen. In fact, our guarantee is that we'll find at least 30 quality an craftsmanship
problems during construction of every home.
Don't the warranty programs ensure the quality of workmanship
in my New House?
Actually, the obligation to identify problems and mistakes is the homeowner's responsibility. Job site supervisors organize
the trades and check for material deliveries. If the errors go unidentified, you take the ownership and cost of these and other problems.
Won't having From The Ground Up involved upset my builder?
Reputable builders don't have anything to hide and in fact welcome our involvement. We often save them money by identifying problems when they are
the least expensive to correct and before they are covered up.
How many inspections should we have on our home?
We recommend a minimum of 10 on a builders plan and 15 or more on a custom home. Keep in mind that the number of inspections are based on your comfort level and budget.