Is it considered above and beyond the norm to ask to see someone's home that
has used a builder you are checking up on? I am going to be contacting
references for a builder we are talking to, and would very much like to see
his work first hand.
Opinions are appreciated. Thanks.
Talking to them would do what is needed. Check local court records to
see if the builder is being sued by owners of homes he has built, If I
had done that it would have saved me from making a big mistake. I hired
a local hack who looses a case ot two a year and wont pay up or fix
My parents used a well known local manufacturer/builder of steel
buildings. They asked us if we'd mind if they brought prospective
clients by to see their work - at a $50/visit bonus. Every month or so
they'd bring someone by.
That is, until I'd filled the whole building with old car parts and
other junk. Guess they liked it clean.
No, you can ask. You can always ask. That being said, under no
circumstances will I piss off a good customer so some "Lookie Louie"
can tour his house. The best you will get is a phone number and then
only after I clear it with my customer. If the customer takes your
call and agrees to the tour then you get to inspect. I don't guarantee
or arrange tours of other people's homes.
There are other views, of course, but they are held by asshole weenies
who aren't in the business and are generally clueless.
Driving by and looking at the exterior should be no problem but if you are
expecting to pay a bundle to this guy, you should talk to a client or 3 and
if you get along, they will invite you to look. What you really want to
hear is there was a minor problem that was fixed promptly and
professionally. (nobodys perfect but its the way we handle our foils that
makes us great)
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