With an eye on the small details and a focus on the big picture, Tri-Square follows a process that helps you clearly understand the steps required to ensure the success of your building or remodeling project.
It begins with a phone call to Tri-Square to discuss your goals, and continues with a meeting to give you a better feel for our company, our approach and the relevant projects in our portfolio. We talk with you about your design vision, your timeline and your budget.
Next we present a rough budget based on your wish list. If this budget is agreeable to you, we proceed to the design phase. This includes floor plans, working drawings, engineering specs and final “permit-ready” plans.
Once the designs and drawings are approved, we create a highly detailed estimate incorporating every cost to complete your project. At Tri-Square, we offer a firm fixed price down to the last penny. We consider this to be the most important phase of the process, which is why we provide the most comprehensive and detailed estimates in the industry. We stake our reputation on completing our projects on budget.
Every Tri-Square client has a dedicated project manager, who oversees all crews and coordinates meetings with subcontractors, permitting officials and delivery schedulers. Your manager is available to you at all times to answer any questions or address any concerns from the start of construction to completion.
At the end of your project, after all final building inspections, the Tri-Square project manager does a final walk-through with you and follows through on the punch list of items you have created. We complete all work quickly and thoroughly to your satisfaction. As a final step, we present you with a package of all product instruction manuals, product warranties, paint colors and other important information.
When considering a building or remodeling project, it’s important to take the time to find the right designer and builder for your needs. Take the simple steps suggested here to choose with confidence.
Ensure that all the contractors on your list are licensed and members of the local industry association. Keep in mind that there is no recourse when working with an uninsured contractor, so ask to see an insurance certificate. Contact the state offices to look up claims, and the license status for the contractors you are considering.
Research contractors in the area. Compare websites to see quality of workmanship and materials, attention to detail and client testimonials. Contact the contractor and ask for a list of past clients. Talk with at least three clients; compare their experiences, overall satisfaction level and how accurate the initial bid was compared to the final cost.
Ask the contractor about how they estimate their costs. Do they work with time and materials, or on a fixed-price budget? Keep in mind that contractors who work on a time-and-materials basis tend to fluctuate from their initial bid, sometimes ending up 15 to as much as 100 percent higher than their original price. (There is no guarantee with time and materials that the initial bid will be the final price. If a client knows that a contractor’s price regularly goes higher than the initial bid, then automatically add that to the bid price and make a decision from there.).
Know what is included in the price. A lower price sometimes means lower quality building materials and craftsmanship, or just a lack of understanding the true cost of construction and materials. In many cases, a price is for products and installation only. Bids are difficult to compare since all contractors do not offer an apples-to-apples approach. Take the time and do the research upfront, and ask questions to fully understand what is included in the price.
Ask yourself: What are the true savings between contractors? Are you willing to settle for lesser-quality materials and workmanship by working with the lowest-bid contractor? Do you take the effort to ensure it is built right the first time or are you prepared to settle for a quick-fix that will prompt future problems down the road? Would a warranty program and guaranteed workmanship give a contractor the edge? When you decide to build or remodel, make sure it is built to last for long-term investment benefits.