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Hi all!

My husband owns a painting company, and I run the marketing/ lead gen/ scheduling aspect.

I am curious, those of you that have worked with custom home builders and gc's, what has been your experience? Good, bad or neutral?

Thanks!
 

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Custom home builders were (I'm retired) some of my best customers. The good ones want someone that is reliable and does top notch work, and are willing to pay for it. Meet these two requirements and you may find yourself in a relationship that will last for years and benefit both parties. I'm talking about true custom builders, not tract housing. That's a totally different animal. There is good money in tract housing (if done right), but much more competitive and will require you to get creative to keep margins up.
 

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The bad ones will try and grind you down in terms of your pricing all day long. They'll set deadlines that are literally impossible to meet. You won't get paid for months after a particular job is done. They will lie all day long about how their last painter charged half of what you are even though you know that's not possible.


At this point, I've got one good one that I'll work for and he's great.
 

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We only work direct to homeowner or to high end custom home builders and love it but we do have some very good relationships built. You do have to be top notch in your work and your billing reports as well as be flexible as there are always lots of changes in the custom market. If you can do that it’s the best form of repeat business you can get.
 

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The bad ones will try and grind you down in terms of your pricing all day long. They'll set deadlines that are literally impossible to meet. You won't get paid for months after a particular job is done. They will lie all day long about how their last painter charged half of what you are even though you know that's not possible.


At this point, I've got one good one that I'll work for and he's great.
Hmmm... me thinks I detect a slight tone of bitterness. :devil3:
 

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Well, its true... Its hard to find good ones, but theyre out there. I have one guy I work for, who wants everything top notch. He takes my bid, and adds his 20%, so he isnt a penny pincher.. He does have to get three bids, but the other painters bid high too, cuz they know how he wants things done.

Just outline your stipulations VERY well in your contracts, especially the first one, so you can see how they roll. Find out their order of operations. Thats a big one, right there.... Make sure theyre not the type to schedule you, tile guys, and carpet guys all on the same day. Communicate beforehand. Once you know how they work, you can let your guard down a little ,but with new ones, watch your ass.
 

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Several of the custom builders I had long term relationships over the years, the contract was reduced to a brief pre-job discussion and a hand shake. This was after getting to know and trust them over time. A terrible business practice, and I really don't recommend it. If for only the reason if one party should die before that contract is settled, things could be messy. But that's how it was. It was kind of nice both parties trusted each other.
 

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Lots of different opinions here. Think it comes down to local luck a lot of the time. Everywhere is different. Not just state to state
 

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I've never worked with custom homes builders, but my next house that's probably what I want to do, idealy semi off grid in a large wooded property that I can do what I want in, in front of a lake. That's pretty much my dream right there. I would want to go all out as far as structural integrity, insulation, air sealing, etc... and go well beyond code. I would want a contractor that is also willing to go the extra mile in that aspect and also willing to do something that's not a cookie cutter plan, as I'd like to design it myself. Probably need an architect too for the final stages of the design to produce an official blue print. It would also be kind of fun to design a house then see it come to life.

Really I should probably work on some designs whenever I'm bored, as if I actually ever have that oportunity I would not want to rush through it. This is something I could work on over the course of many years to perfect everything.
 

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Hi, it is complicated to find good masters at this time. In practice, most of them are not qualified artisans but specialists without qualifications. Many of them have no education in this field. For example, I have a terrible experience with the masters. In the future, I promised myself that I would ask for my recommendations from other reviewers because you're risking your finances and your health. The last team of craftsmen who worked for me came and just showed me the proof of the work they had completed recently. We are talking about the facades of houses. There were complete works here. Even the house signs from baliandboo.com were installed and dusted off.
 
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