Our first project, the installation of a single medicine cabinet for $50, took 7 hours. Did I underbid it? Yes. Did it take too long? Yes. But I was excited with the $50, that started Ant Builders that day in 1998.
Our remodeling company has grown over the years, but we remain small enough that we still have the time to visit the site each day. I serve as estimator and project manager. It all comes down to communication and dealing with one person. Reduce the hassle and miscommunication and make it as painless as possible.
Our remodeling company has grown over the years, but we remain small enough that we still have the time to visit the site each day.
I serve as estimator and project manager. It all comes down to communication and dealing with one person. Reduce the hassle and miscommunication and make it as painless as possible.
As a home improvement contractor this is what I absolutely believe.
We never take money upfront. 30% to book a project is ridiculous. Pay me as I complete the tasks.
Stay on budget. Stand behind the estimate and never make the client pay for my mistake if I do underbid the project.
The price. Keep it fair. We are neither the cheapest nor the high-end option. For what I deliver, it is a fair deal.
Never delay. This is in writing for each contract. For every day we are late on completion, I fine ourselves $100.00 per day.
Do not over schedule. I turn new projects down every day. I only schedule 2 projects at the same time.
Stick to what we know. Beyond our expertise and I will turn the project down. I do what I know we can deliver on.
The reality. I never over-promise to sell. Dust, delays, and surprises are just part of any renovation.
Fix it. Mistakes happen. I will fix it.
The warranty. I stand behind it even if the one-year warranty is up. If it is our fault, you will find me there years after getting it fixed.
We strive to make our clients happy. One that will use us again in the future, without hesitation. No project we have ever started went off without a hitch. Construction is complicated. Surprises and too many things can go wrong. I have an uncomplicated way of running our company. Fix the problem. Move on. Deliver an exceptional product. Add another happy client to our list.
As much as I appreciate any new business that may come my way, I also evaluate my ability to deliver on it before taking on the project. I turn work down every day, and I am always happy to refer the potential client to another company that I know can deliver. I want to focus on the projects that I have been already hired on.
Owner of Ant Builders