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When is a contract not like a steak?

When is a contract not like a steakDoes this seem like a silly question? Humor us for a moment, because it will drive home the importance of reading and understanding the contract you must sign when a builder undertakes a construction job at your home. This applies to us, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, and to any other reputable builder out there.

When you order a steak in a restaurant, there is an implied agreement between you and the restaurant that the steak will be cooked the way you want it cooked. When the steak is delivered to your table, if it does not meet your expectations, you can send it back, and they will cook another one for you. If you are unhappy with your meal, sometimes the restaurant even throws in a free dessert or gives you the whole meal for free, “just because.”

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When you arrange for a contractor to design and build an addition to your home — even an outdoor living addition — you’ll need more than an implied agreement. For the arrangement to work, you and the builder must sign a contract. That way, everyone agrees on the expectations up front. No surprises!

Included within (or along with) your contract is the following information:

  • A description of the work to be done, also known as the scope of the project
  • The total exact price of the project, including materials, labor, permits and taxes
  • A specification sheet listing dimensions, special features and specific materials to be used
  • A detailed, labeled rendering created by an architectural draftsman based on our conversations about what the project will entail
  • Details about client responsibilities
  • A payment schedule
  • A method for dealing with amendments to the work, if needed
  • Details about how we, as the builder, will handle clean-up during and after completion of the job

When is a contract not like a steak You should not sign the contract for your new deck, porch or patio project until you are certain that you agree with and understand every detail in it. It’s important that we address any inconsistencies or concerns you may have before we get started. We never want to find out, later on down the road, that a customer had unrealistic expectations.

As you can see, the contract sets the tone and lays out the expectations for any construction project, no matter how large or how small. We take the contract very seriously. At Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we pride ourselves in following best business practices. Our objective is to consistently produce satisfied customers while continuing to maintain a successful business.

Dayton Award Winning Outdoor Living SpacesWhen we design and build your new outdoor living environment, we are poised to accommodate your needs and desires in every way. Putting everything in writing, up front, is our way of ensuring we fulfill your wishes. We want you to get everything you expect from your design the first time around.

One area for potential misunderstandings is the timing of your outdoor living project. If we run into inclement weather while working at your home, we’ll need to take time away from the site until conditions improve. Also, addendums to your project while construction is underway, or problems obtaining the correct materials, can extend the completion date. Delays to your project will affect other clients in the queue for future start dates. Conversely, if we encounter delays at a project scheduled before yours, then your start date might be affected.

Does this “contract talk” sound boring? It may, but think about it this way: the concept of using a contract for the scope of a building project evolved because somebody somewhere had a misunderstanding about some work to be done. We want to avoid any such misunderstandings! The contract serves to set boundaries. Should we encounter differences of opinion during the course of our work together, the contract would serve to navigate our relationship through to the successful completion of your outdoor living project.

Remember that steak you ordered at the beginning of this article? Obviously, you can’t compare the journey of building an outdoor living space addition to that of ordering a steak at a restaurant. A steak will stay with you for about 24 hours, while a deck, for example, will be with you for 20 years or more. If something isn’t right with your project, or if there is an aspect you aren’t pleased with, we will work with you, within the contract, to make things right, but we can’t throw in a free pergola. Again, we will work with you within the contract; if it is not written in the signed contract, it is not and cannot be an expectation.

If you are contemplating an outdoor living addition at your home, you will not find a more reliable or professional contractor than Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. We want to work with you to create the backyard of your dreams. Contact us to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

When it comes to choosing the right builder — quality is worth the wait!

Bellbrook OH outdoor living combinationOnce you have made the decision to move ahead with your outdoor living addition it is only natural to want it completed yesterday, even if you finalized the design and signed the contract today. Anticipation and patience aren’t generally the closest friends. Just as we discussed in our blog article titled “Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio discusses establishing a realistic construction timeline for your outdoor living project“, quality craftsmanship takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a professionally designed and built outdoor living structure shouldn’t be either. The impetus here is to realize that if a builder is ready to break ground immediately on your project chances are their services are not in high demand. This can be a direct reflection of their business practices and quality of work.

hassle-free no textWhen our client signs a contract,  the project begin dates are established according to the current backlog we have on schedule at the time. During the fall and winter months backlogs and lead times are usually less, but during the outdoor living season, when the weather is warmer, project beginning dates are usually substantially longer. All timelines are also influenced by forces that are beyond our control such as permitting, inspections and in some cases inclement weather such as snow, heavy rain or ice. Depending on what county or township you reside in, permitting may require a “walk thru” permitting process, or in certain municipalities permitting may require a “drop off” application. Drop off permit applications are granted in the order they are received and could take up to three weeks during the busy season. The turnaround time for permitting situations could add additional wait time for beginning your project but are a necessary element in the building process.

Dayton and Cincinnati outdoor living expertsArchadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio does things a little different from other outdoor living space design and build firms too. Once our team is on your project they stay on your project until it is completed. We do not jump around, from job to job, we treat yours as our one and only until it is done. We feel, this philosophy minimizes inconveniences and the disruption of our clients’ lifestyle. With this in mind, addendums added to your project while construction in underway can also extend completion dates, especially in circumstances where additional permitting and inspections are necessary to complete these additions.

Factors that influence a construction timeline:

  • Does there need to be HOA approval? If so does your HOA meet quarterly or monthly?
  • Which county or township are you located in?
  • Is a variance needed?
  • Are the materials you have chosen for your particular design stocked locally or special order?
  • How many different trades are involved (plumbing, electrical, masons, HVAC or only carpentry)?
  • Weather or season, and site conditions?
  • What sort of backlog does the builder have?
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We always strive to provide you with an outdoor living space that encompasses everything you want in your particular design, now, and with future additions in mind. Our approach to the design and building process is poised to accommodate the customer needs and desires in every way. This means we help fulfill your wishes in getting everything you are expecting from your design the first time around. From providing the aesthetics you want, to a space allows you to carry out the functions you desire within the space. We even take into consideration any future plans or additions you may have in mind for the future.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”