So why do we ask you what your budget is? Really what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to see this transaction from your perspective. I think most
folks when they originally start the process with us are not really even sure what their budget is. We have a minimum number that we want to
get in front of you before you come in to your first meeting which we have in our documentation that we email out.
Really if you’re not comfortable with a certain minimum number there’s really no point to get too deep into the conversation. The next thing is most people out
there don’t realize all of the factors that go into the price of a home and I’ve got lots of conversations that are out there regarding how our process works and
things like that, I would recommend you watch our Circle of Activities video which really explains what we have to go through to get a price, but we do meet a lot
of people that come in and they may tell us their budget is six hundred thousand they start describing the house they want to build and we can immediately start
to think “well that might be eight or nine hundred thousand or a million,” some people come in with pictures and we can see what is in front of us and we can
say “wow there’s no way this is going to be a six hundred thousand dollar home,” and then we will just try to get realigned with you. Is your budget really six
hundred thousand do you really not know, are you gonna be comfortable if we go through the process if we go through the circle of activities and we come back
to you with the price of nine hundred thousand are you gonna say boy this is just a total non-starter?
We just want to have alignment with you we want to manage your expectations and we want to respect your budget so whatever you tell us your budget is we’re
just going to kind of park it in the back of our mind. We’re going to go through the process with you, the numbers are what they are, what the site work is going
to be what it is, the back office is going to price out the house and in fact when the back-office prices out the home they don’t even know what your budget is, we
do the design we send the design over to the back office, the back office sends us back a price I may have in my notes what you’ve told me at the first meeting
what your what your budget is but then the numbers kind of come back they are what they are and we cannot know how much a house is going to cost to build
until we go through the design and the pricing exercise so we can wing it and we can throw some wild estimates out there but we’ve got a process that gets exact
numbers on a spreadsheet for you and we want to start with the end in mind so if you have an idea what your budget is that’s great if not you may want to
consult with a lender and you know make loan applications or have some conversations with a lender to try to determine where you want to be on budget
because that will make the experience for you all that much more enjoyable.
Any questions or conversations you want to have with me about budget before your first meeting or after just let me know, I’m happy to help
you through the process.
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