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  • Jenny Simon

Fast, Good, or Both?

Updated: May 31

Supply chain issues, compounded by labor shortages, have forced builders to “improvise, adapt, overcome.” All good, and in recent times, this has been necessary for survival. Throughout the challenging supply chain impacts, many builders have come up with some viable solutions to properly complete homes when roadblocks arise in the critical path. But the question is, has it been done in a manner that adheres to quality standards? Because just “getting it done” in order to get homes closed on time isn’t good enough if it has to be done again later.


For starters, don’t make material changes without performing your due diligence on material performance. Just because it’s available when you want it, doesn't mean that it’s the best solution.


Next, be sure to communicate changes with your architect, engineer and especially your trades. Do everything possible to ensure that the workers on your job site are well informed of your specific installation standards and any recent changes that you’ve made.


As much as we want to have confidence in our trade partners to provide adequately trained installers, it’s crucial that builders keep a close eye on the work. Now more than ever, it is important to watch the quality of workmanship on every home you build. Different builders in different regions do things differently. Never forget that you get what you inspect.


You will need to pay now, in terms of time spent doing things right, or you can expect to pay later in doing things over again. There is never a cheaper time to do things right than the first time.  


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