Written By: Athena Seay
2020 was a doozy, to say the least! Is it over yet? Covid-19, hurricanes, and wildfires caused a huge slow down in lumber production. Key building materials, such as vinyl windows, roofing supplies, and appliances have also been affected in the supply chain. The migration out of big cities has helped spur the real estate market to historically high prices and that has extended the lead times on new construction. The more homes you build, the more these problems have impacted you!
Let’s take a closer look at the potential problems this has caused for you and how Performance Point can help:
Problems – Subcontractors and project managers are stretched thin due to high demand and Covid restrictions. Roofers, grading contractors, and landscaping companies have to complete projects in substandard conditions.
Solution – Consider hiring a 3rd party company that inspects both the interior and exterior of a home to mark potential issues and risks involved long before the homeowner walks through.
Problems – With increased productivity and labor restrictions, safety is compromised.
Solution – Consider working with a 3rd party safety company that will help keep you informed about what is happening on your sites and assist in building a safety culture. This prevents accidents, and loss of time and money.
Problems – Insulation prices are on the rise, supply is short, and increasingly strict energy codes demand more insulation.
Solution – Save money without losing time by hiring professional engineers and/or Energy Raters to avoid having to re-insulate homes to meet new codes. These professionals can leverage your energy codes performance-based alternative compliance methods for deeper savings.
Problems – HVAC companies have more homes to do with less support forcing design decisions to the field impacting consistency and quality.
Solution – A 3rd party HVAC designer can improve the workflow giving you a quicker turnaround and more consistency. A 3rd party inspector can also perform visual inspections before sheetrock is hung to ensure designs are implemented properly and test for duct tightness after mechanical trim to be sure comfort can be delivered effectively.
Problems – Sewer lines back up after closings resulting in costly repairs, unnecessary additional demand on skilled labor, and of course, warranty costs months after the owner takes possession. The same can happen with foundation drain extensions and downspout extensions.
Solution – Hire a 3rd party inspector or plumbing company to run a camera down the drain line to inspect for clogs or other issues prior to closing. This low-cost service prevents headaches before they begin.
Performance Point is here to be your 3rd party-building inspections contractor! We offer Quality Inspections, Safety Inspections, Drain Inspections, professional HERS and Energy ratings, HVAC design, Air sealing, and more!
Call us BEFORE your problems begin.
“Partnering with Performance Point to create a safety program under our changing budget constraints has influenced our cultural values for safety. Through their vision we have seen less injuries and increased productivity – quantity means quality!” Logan Kubik, Purchasing Manager – DR Horton Columbia, SC
“Performance Point offers a standard QI process across our city. Having them come in as an outside party and resource to assure all homes are still being built to the same consistent quality standards during this time has been very beneficial. It’s like having an extra set of eyes on all our homes to assure quality standards are being met prior to homeowner orientations.” Joe Walston, Director of Purchasing – DR Horton Charlotte, NC