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One Stop Shopping is Much Better
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 • Posted November 23, 2011 3:29 PM

Don’t you wish you could just contact one person to fill all your real estate and construction needs? Well you can. These folks are called general contractors, with real estate capabilities being a plus. General contractors know all aspects of construction and can meet all your needs and requirements. Do you really want to try and juggle multiple trades? Juggling multiple trades can be very frustrating; matching your schedule with theirs and others, compounded by all the changes and rescheduling. Why not just sit back and let the experts handle it for you?

So if you decide,you want to handle it all, be prepared to know what steps need to be taken and who needs to do the job and when. You will need to know if the carpenter comes before or after the plumber or painter. Extra trips can cost you extra money. What if you decide to start buying products from discounted stores? Who will warranty them? Many questions like these start to arise.

Don’t you like going into a store and being able to purchase everything at one location and then go about your business? Time is of the essences, and we all stay so busy these days. Living in the Hill Country is great, but those extra trips to stores can add up and cost you more money. You must be prepared by making a list, timeline, references and more.

If you were to be able to call one person, or schedule an appointment with a company to handle it all, wouldn’t that be so much better? Let’s work both scenarios through.

First let take the one stop for it all. You want to find property, site work needs to be done (well, septic, electric, and road), design your dream home, select your colors, appliances, get it built, everything has a warranty, and you only have to deal with one person. This can be a dream come true, and so easy. You are in the driver’s seat with only one point person. This person / company can do all the leg work in helping find that right land, design and draw your home, help with selections, build it, provide warranties on it all, and keep you posted on every step of the way. Sounds too easy. But having one person who can work it from the start to the finish is so much easier than finding a different person for each step of the way. With one person controlling it all, timelines are created and schedules for all trades are set up. This is your general contractor. Having real estate capabilities is a big plus. You might have to settle for 2 people if you can not find a realtor with construction together. That’s fine, too.

You might have noticed, more of your track builders are going with this concept – land, design centers, construction, loans, and warranties. Some custom builders/general contractors can offer the same one stop for it all too. Just look around.

Now for the other scenario. You don’t go for the one stop for your property and home. First step, find a real estate agent for the property. Second, find a designer/architect to start your designs (a lot of builders can save you this step), followed by finding someone for site work. Next, select that builder. Once you have started assembling all of the above, remember to start your timeline for events to happen. For instance, you might need to get temporary electricity for the start of your home. How long do you give the foundation before you schedule the framer? How long with each trade to do their specialty? So much more to take into account, do you know it all? But, you can do it, with a little homework. Do you want to hassle with all this or just hire that one person?

So which way do you want to go? Both have their pros and cons. Are you really saving time and money doing it yourself? Or do you go the route of taking advantage of the one stop and let them handle it all for you.

For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 830-833-4249 or 713-818-6658, or send an email to debbie@vallone realestate.net.

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