Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How transparent is your process with clients?
A: Transparency is a cornerstone of our approach at Lord General Contractors. From the initial consultation to project completion, we strive to involve our clients as though they are inside our company. Throughout the entire construction process, we maintain open communication, providing regular updates, and welcoming client input at every stage. Our clients have access to detailed project timelines, cost breakdowns, and progress reports, ensuring full visibility into the project's development. We believe that transparency fosters trust and collaboration, leading to successful outcomes and satisfied clients.
Q: What is the cost per square foot for your homes?
A: Custom home building doesn't adhere to a standard per square foot pricing until the entire process, from blueprints to selections to completion, is finalized. While we don't price our homes using a fixed per square foot rate, we can provide a price per foot based on our past projects for reference. Each custom home's price depends on various factors such as style, size, floor plan, specifications, location, and options. Your contract includes exact costs with specific allowances, which may change based on your requests. While most homes experience a percentage increase from contract to completion, our average remains relatively low compared to the national average, ensuring transparency and minimal surprises.
Q: What qualifies the builder to build your dream home?
A: It's crucial to ascertain the builder's experience, education, and industry affiliations before entrusting them with your custom home. We differentiate ourselves by prioritizing craftsmanship, attention to detail, and client satisfaction. Our team boasts extensive experience, industry expertise, and a commitment to excellence. We understand that when you invest in a home, you're also investing in the builder behind it.
Q: Just how "custom" can the builder make your home?
A: A true custom builder doesn't limit your options. If it's structurally feasible and aligns with your budget, there's no reason why your builder shouldn't accommodate your requests. By examining our past projects, you can glean insight into the level of customization we offer. We pride ourselves on our ability to bring our clients' visions to life, no matter how unique or intricate.
Q: What if I change my mind during the building process? Is it ever too late to change a feature?
A: We understand that preferences may evolve during construction, which is why we're committed to accommodating changes whenever possible. Whether it's early in the process or nearing completion, if it's structurally viable, we'll make it happen. Flexibility and responsiveness are core principles of our custom home building process.
Q: Can I ask to see current construction sites?
A: Absolutely! Viewing our works-in-progress by appointment with Robert Lord allows you to gain insight into our craftsmanship, site conditions, and structural details. Additionally, we encourage you to request references from homeowners who have experienced our quality firsthand. Transparency and accountability are fundamental to our client relationships.
Q: How much difference is there in pricing from contract to completion?
A: While most homes experience a percentage increase in costs from contract to completion, our averages remain significantly lower than the national average. We achieve this by maintaining open communication, providing detailed contracts with specific allowances, and minimizing surprises throughout the construction process.
Q: How long will it take to build my home?
A: Construction timelines vary based on factors such as square footage, customization level, weather, and project scope. Our past projects have ranged from six months to over a year, with a commitment to meeting agreed-upon closing dates. We prioritize timely completion without compromising quality, ensuring a smooth and efficient building process for our clients.
Q: Do your homes meet the basic standards of the building industry?
A: Our homes not only meet but consistently exceed industry standards. We prioritize quality and meticulously evaluate every product and material used in our construction process. Our commitment to excellence extends beyond meeting minimum requirements, ensuring that every aspect of your home reflects our dedication to superior craftsmanship and durability.
Q: How do you ensure your homes are built as environmentally responsible as possible?
A: We prioritize environmental responsibility by incorporating ENERGY STAR-rated products and environmentally friendly materials into our homes. Additionally, we implement innovative home utility systems throughout to minimize energy consumption. Our waste disposal practices prioritize recycling and sustainability, further reducing our environmental footprint. For more information on our commitment to sustainability, please visit our "Energy Savings" page.