9 Topics to Discuss Before Picking a Company
Before you sign on the dotted line, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got all the facts straight. Ask these 9 essential questions before deciding on a timber company.
1 Do you provide free preliminary estimates? Precise cost figures may require blueprints, which carry a fee.
2 When will I receive a price quote? Every home and site is unique, and price quotes need to reflect the cost of exactly what’s needed to build the home. The quotations you receive should contain specific information on the payment schedule, delivery cost, service policies, warranties and any special charges in designing and building your home. Price quotes also should include a complete bill of materials, including grade specifications.
3 Will you need a deposit? Before working on blueprints or providing firm price information, many companies require a deposit. Be sure you understand what you’re getting for your deposit, and find out about refund policies should you decide not to proceed.
4 Do you offer a warranty? Is it clearly written in easily understandable language?
5 What other services (like designing and planning) do you provide? Be sure you understand the company’s procedures and policies.
6 Can you meet my deadline? Discuss the fabrication schedule with your producer to be certain it’s achievable. Be aware that your producer’s method of fabrication can affect the time needed to prepare timbers and the resulting delivery time.
7 Can you provide proof of insurance? Make sure each builder and subcontractor on your job site can provide proof of insurance for themselves and their staff. If they don’t have insurance and they get hurt on your job site, you could end up paying for their lost time and wages — even if you didn’t hire them directly.
8 Will you provide all the home’s engineering and design criteria to building-code officials and the other professionals who will work on my home? Many producers also provide onsite technical assistance.
9 Do you offer hybrid design or decorative (non-structural) timber accents? Many timber companies now offer these options to give buyers the timber look they desire at a lower cost.