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Paskoski Construction has established a distinguished reputation for its rigorous approach to custom home building. It has professional General Contractor specializing in custom homes & restaurants in South Florida since 1980 and founded more than 35 years ago by Steven Paskoski, the South Florida-based builder has successfully executed hundreds of full-scale residential projects with a body of work that is as diverse as the clients they represent.

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How a Good General Contractor Pays For Himself

3 min read

When doing a remodeling project, some homeowners think that they can save money by bypassing the South Florida custom home builder.  They think that they can act as the General Contractor themselves, hiring subcontractors, selecting and ordering materials, and scheduling and organizing the job.

They soon find out that this was a naive misconception. Just as they would not consider performing cosmetic surgery on themselves, they soon realize they are ill equipped to oversee the facelift on their home. The following are just a few of the reasons why.

Most homeowners have little knowledge of the scheduling of construction.  What activities must take place and in what order?  This can lead to chaos, angry subcontractors who have been mis-scheduled, costly change orders and job delays.  They need to know how to calculate quantities for materials including a waste factor.  Under ordering materials can cause delays and wasted time while over ordering materials can be a waste of money.

When dealing with a homeowner directly, most subcontractors will not offer their best price and some will seriously inflate their prices.  They can take advantage of an inexperienced owner/builder and ask for additional money for change orders that a reliable  South Florida luxury home builder would not allow.  Their loyalty lies with the GC’s who have been giving them repeat business over the years, so you can guess which job they go to when there is conflict in their schedule involving your job and that of their regular customers. 

Most homeowners know little about construction materials and will not know if the mechanics on their job are using the best available materials or cheap substitutes. This will affect the quality of the finished product and lesser quality materials may be responsible for costly future repairs.

Then, there is liability- the homeowner’s liability.  Who is checking to see if the subcontractors are licensed?  Who is checking to see if the workers on the job are covered by Workman’s Compensation Insurance?  Who is checking to see if the subcontractor’s have General Liability insurance? This is the job of the South Florida custom home builder.  The General Contractors Insurance also protects the homeowner.

Finally, time is money.  How much is your time worth? The owner/builder usually finds themselves spending a lot more time than they thought playing “General Contractor”. They also become the cleanup crew. The stress of a poorly organized job will eventually take its toll. Enthusiasm fades to desperation. This affects the quality and outcome of the job. Most homeowners who have gone down this path have regretted it and have a new found respect for the complex job of the General Contractor.

A good South Florida luxury home builder will bring the job in for less cost to the homeowner in the long run.  They will have better organization and quality control. They will have experience in dealing with subcontractors.  In short, a good General Contractor will pay for himself.

HOW TO CHOOSE A CONTRACTOR

5 min read

Building, renovating or remodeling your home is personal. That’s why the selection of your General Contractor should be based on many considerations.

COMPATIBILITY

Foremost among these is compatibility – you will be working together for an extended period of time with your Palm beach luxury home builder, so it is critical that you get along well. The building process can be stressful and an amicable working relationship with your contractor will help to smooth the journey.

 In the end, a vital aspect of any successful construction project is teamwork between owner, contractor, and architects/designers. Good communication is vital to teamwork. Choose a Palm Beach custom home builder who you can talk to easily.

TRUST

Trust is just as important as compatibility. If you don’t or can’t trust your contractor your experience will be based on fear and mistrust and ultimately lead to poor decisions. You have to trust Palm Beach luxury home builder to guide you through some occasionally complex challenges, and know that he has your best interests in mind. 

REPUTATION/RECOGNITION

A solid foundation is the key to building a successful home - a solid reputation is the key to building a successful company. Over time, a quality builder will have garnered the recognition of his peers. A reliable Palm Beach luxury home builder will be recommended by previous clients, architects, designers, sub contractors and other building professionals. This recognition may also be in the form of awards or published projects. These acknowledgements are the building blocks of trust.  If other people had a positive experience with a prospective builder, it stands to reason that you will too.  At least it’s a good place to start.

QUALITY

All buildings are not created equal and all builders do not create equally. Don’t take a prospective contractors word about the quality of his or her work. A picture is worth a thousand words. Check out their website or portfolio. Ask to see some of their projects in progress. Are their job sites clean and organized?  If possible, ask to see some completed projects. 

A quality Palm Beach custom home builder will have the key personnel in place to supervise the job and oversee the work in progress. A conscientious builder combined with a properly supervised job is the best way to assure a quality product.

BEST VALVE VS. LOWEST PRICE 

 While price is important, you don’t always get the best builder or the best deal based on price. A building is no different than anything else you buy- you get what you pay for.  

The bidding process is flawed at best.  Most of the horror stories you hear about in construction started with a low bidder. Unless every detail of your project is specified, from fixtures to finishes, it leaves it up to each bidder to determine the level of quality of the products being used to construct your home.

 The “best value” is not likely to be the “lowest price”. Because they are competing for the job, prospective bidders are not inclined to select products that will inflate their price. It is also common that the low bidder has omitted elements, either intentionally or otherwise, that the other bidders have included.  This is not always evident on the estimate and unsuspecting clients are often subjected to many costly “change orders” after the contract is signed. It is better to find the builder who you feel is the best value and negotiate a fee with that contractor.

VALUE ENGINEERING

We all have heard the expression “There is more than one way to skin a cat”. A knowledgeable builder can help guide you to less expensive ways to accomplish the same end. This is called “value engineering”.  It can occasionally turn an out of reach dream into a realization. It is an invaluable part of the building process.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Longevity – How long has your prospective builder been in business? Have there been numerous complaints against the contractor? Has he kept the same name and same location for a substantial period of time? These questions can be answered by researching online at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation @ www.myfloridalicense.com.    Ask for and check references from potential contractors bidding your job. Opinions of past clients, as well as building professionals, will help you make an informed decision when choosing your General Contractor.

NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT

 Interview potential contractors, see who you are comfortable with and negotiate a contract. By following the guidelines above you will be giving yourself the best chance at a successful building experience. 

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