When a prospective customer recently asked us to “lower the price of our homes,” I decided to take a closer look at our prices. I’ll be darned. I soon realized that sure enough, we could lower the price of our homes.
All we had to do was to cut a few corners, use cheaper building materials and find less experienced subcontractors who would work for less money. Wow, I thought. This was going to be easy.
On our journey to deliver a cheaper home, we could start by:
Using cheaper windows instead of the energy efficient low-e, insulated vinyl windows that we now provide.
We could then stucco just the front of our homes instead of stuccoing all the way around the entire structure.
We could then eliminate the Deco Trim from the front of our homes and use a cheaper paint rather than the high quality paint we are now using.
We could then make some more cuts by using a less expensive air conditioning and heating system rather that the “Energy Star” high efficiency heat pump that we are currently using.
By doing these things, our buyers would think they were saving money, even though they would really be paying a lot more for their home in the long run.
We then figured we could start using ½” CDX plywood or even better, we could be using ½” OSB board for our roof sheathing rather than the durable 5/8” CDX plywood we are currently using that gives our new homes such a sound roof and that would save our buyers a bunch of money.
We could use a twenty year roofing shingle rather than the Lifetime Dimensional roofing shingle we are currently using and that would be another way to save some money.
We could use cheaper floor coverings and cheaper kitchen cabinets rather than the quality floor covering and the durable wood cabinets we are currently using. In looking at all of these things I realized that there were many ways for us to cut corners and save money for our home buyers. Heck, this is easy.
We could start using subcontractors that don’t have the proper licenses or the proper insurances or even the same skills as the subcontractors we are currently using. Now you have to admit that that would definitely save our buyers money. Or would it?
After looking at the costs of the materials we are using, the costs of the equipment we provide our buyers and the money we pay for the quality subcontractors we are using, I decided that no one uses better materials, no one uses better equipment and no one uses better subcontractors than American Housing Builders II in building our new homes.
We also realized that we provide a great home with a great value for every one of our new home buyers. So, at the end of the day, I now know that we do not “charge too much for our homes” nor should we “lower the price” of our homes just to appease those who would rather have a “cheap” house rather than a quality home.
We know from years of experience that we provide our buyers with a quality home at a fair price, while at the same time, we provide them with a great value. And that my friends, pretty much says it all.
American Housing Builders II builds homes in Pinellas County. We are located at 7195 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. You can contact us for more information by emailing us at AmHousingInfo@gmail.com or calling us at 727-546-6611.
For more information on purchasing a new American Housing Builders Home, please call us at 727-546-6611. You can also stop by our Office / Selection Center at 7195 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781, email us at AmHousingInfo@gmail.com or Contact Us from website with any questions.