It’s amazing to me to see how things can progress along when it really matters. Typically, it takes a few weeks to get from contract to a hole in the ground when it comes to new construction. There are a number of things that keep that schedule timeline:
- Plans are drawn/reviewed/re-drawn
- Loan settlement has to occur (for which, appraisals, credit checks, approvals, etc. have to happen)
- Insurance has to be lined up
- Building Permits need to be secured
- Lot Reviews completed
- Pre-building meetings have to happen to remove assumptions, etc.
All of that takes time. Often, one of the items above needs to be completed before you move on to the next step. There are a number of builders who let the Owners figure out a lot of those items. We’re one of the few who take care of the details. Even though we do this every day, there is rarely a way to speed this process up. Yeah! It’s frustrating to professional builders.
Then, something happens that makes you scratch your head.
We’ve been fortunate enough to be a company that many turn to (or get referred to) when tragedy strikes. A fire destroys their home, and the owners suddenly find themselves homeless. These folks really don’t need any more things to worry about.
The same players above (builder, bank, insurance company, municipal officers, etc.) suddenly move mountains to help out people who are down on their luck. Common sense takes over and everyone realizes the right thing to do is to move things along as quickly as possible to help another human being!
The most current situation really hit home with me yesterday morning. I was driving to work and looked over and saw the garage
trusses on a truck – being delivered to the fire victims with whom we are currently working. We signed a contract with the Messingers on January 31. Here we are – a little over a month later and we’re already preparing to put the roof on the house.
In a matter of days we were able to get plans drawn, permits secured, financing set up and a house dug. Everything happened so quickly that I actually met with them to do their Pre-building Meeting AFTER their house was already started. They didn’t even have all of their color selections done (which are typically required before we can start).
It really makes me feel good to see this sort of thing happen – especially when working with people who have been through an experience as terrible as a fire. It’s too bad that things can’t always go this quickly. Red tape typically prevails – causing unnecessary delays and expenses to everyone involved.
We’ll continue pushing the construction on the Messingers’ home so that we can get them in as soon as possible. Here’s to many happy years to them in their new home!