Our philosophy is simple, we want our days to be as low stress as possible. When we go home at night, we want to feel good about what we have accomplished, sleep comfortable and wake the next day with a desire to go to work. We know the best way to achieve our philosophy is to meet the needs of our customers, deliver what they want, when they want and how they want it. We realize our comfort level is directly related to your comfort level. Our organization and systems are devoted to giving you the best comfort level we can.
Building a new home, addition or remodeling project is a complex task. There are tens of thousands of components that go into the construction process. Purchasing materials and scheduling tasks are steps that involve constant attention. Quality control is an ongoing task that is vital to a successful project. We are proud of the professionals we employ, their expertise and our management style combine to achieve a superior product delivered to you.
Communication is vital, it is important you ask questions and are fully aware of what is happening while we are going through the process. We too, will communicate to you, you will participate by taking care of several aspects of your purchase.
Building a new home, addition or remodeling project is an investment of your money, emotions and time. Sometimes tasks will require your attention during traditional business hours, such as 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM in addition to other times requiring your attention.
Preliminary and Final price process
Preliminary Price Estimate: The preliminary estimate is a “ballpark” cost so you can get a sense of the price range the initial design concept comes in at. We use historical cost data for material and labor charges and we make some assumptions on the structural elements of the house, windows, doors, HVAC, etc. At this point we don’t have a design print to work from so this is why we call the cost number a “ballpark” estimate.
Final Price: Once the “ballpark” number is established, you will know if the price range is affordable and whether or not you want to proceed and have us construct your new home. At this time we can give you a “go to contract” number. This is the final cost number. We arrive at this final cost number after analyzing the actual design print. This is a time consuming process, we price all the materials stick by stick, get actual bid quotes from our subcontractors, specify each window, door, each piece of interior and exterior product used in the house and do a detailed labor analysis.
The preliminary cost number and the final cost number may vary. There are just too many variables in the preliminary estimate process to be more accurate. The preliminary estimate process is designed to give you a “price range” rather than an “exact price” of the house. This way, you will be able to refine your design, size, style, etc. to find a price range you want to be at. Once that is done and the house design is finalized we can give you a final price.
What Happens Next
Here is a short overview of your construction experience.
1. Purchasing Your Home, Building an Addition or Remodeling Project We deliver all the necessary documents and have discussions of key topics in order to prevent surprises. Our experience shows the construction process goes more smoothly with good communication.
2. Construction Contract The construction contract is the legal document that represents your decision to purchase a home, addition or remodeling project. It describes your project, its location, allowance schedule, plans, specifications, draw schedule and other legal provisions.
3. Selections Part of the fun of buying a new home, remodeling project or addition is selecting features, finish materials and colors. As you make choices, consider your present and future lifestyle. Take into account your family’s daily activities, hobbies and work, your entertaining habits and holiday traditions.
Standard Features: We provide specifications that will describe a complete list of standard features. This will help prevent misunderstandings over what is a standard feature and what is an allowance.
Allowances: Items that cannot be selected prior to contract signing may be addressed by the Allowance method.
Selection Hints: We will provide you with selection sheets listing the choices you need to make. The selection sheets will indicate where the item can be purchased, if no supplier is indicated you may purchase the item at a supplier of your choice. View color samples in both natural and artificial light to get an accurate impression of the color. Variations between samples and actual material installed can occur. Some colors will appear different when seen in a large area as opposed to the sample. Viewing existing homes is one way to help make selections, selections often look different when seen in place. We can help identify homes you may want to look at. Some darker colors require more coats than allowed in our contract, be aware this may incur additional cost. Some color choices in siding, flooring, cabinets, etc can add cost, be sure to ask if the colors or material selected increase the cost. It is a good idea to keep extra items such as tile, hardwoods, siding, etc for repairs if the item gets damaged over time. In years to come, replacements may not be available.
Please retain your selections sheets for future reference. They are useful for matching paint colors, tile grout, and replacement items in your home.
4. Construction of New Home, Addition or Remodeling Project We discuss and review the following items with you:
Pre-construction conference-establish the site of your new home (If applicable)
Start of construction-discussion about timetables
Safety-please respect the potentially dangerous nature of construction, be careful when visiting the site.
Framing Tour- a walk through to establish locations of plumbing, electrical and blocking items. (If applicable)
Quality-we monitor work on your home to note and correct any errors that occur and ensure the home we deliver meets the standards we promised you.
Single Source-Davis Construction Services selects all personal and orders all materials that go into your home.
Trade Contractors-trades people have no authority to make changes without a Davis Construction Services written Change Order. This will assure no surprise charges or outcomes you did not expect.
Schedule-delivery dates are a target, all effort will be expended to meet these dates.
Construction Sequence-an overview of the major steps typically followed in construction of a new home.
5. Homeowner Orientation Davis Construction Services constructs each Project with carefully selected materials and the effort of experienced craftsman and laborers under the supervision of our field personnel, with the administrative support of our office personnel. Although this group works from detailed plans and specifications, no two projects are alike. Each one is unique, a home or addition is one of the last hand built products in the world. The Homeowner Orientation is the last step to complete. The topics we will discuss in detail are listed below.
Inspection and Acceptance
Maintenance and Warranty Guidelines
Warranty Contact Information
6. In Closing We share your excitement about your new residence, addition or remodeling project and look forward to working together as we accomplish the task of completing the construction process.
For new home construction, Davis Construction Services designed a Homeowner’s Manual to assist during and after the construction of your new home.
In addition to guiding you through the building process, our Homeowner’s Manual provides you with maintenance guidelines and a description of our limited warranty program.
We are available to assist and discuss topics with you at any time, please give us a call. We welcome you to the family of home purchasers of Davis Construction Services.