Growing up in the building business, I was always reminded to “build it as if it were your own.” Working during my high school years as a laborer, and even for years in my own building business, you get to see things that during the flurry of normal construction activity sometimes might otherwise go unnoticed. It usually is not big items, but the details make all the difference when building a quality new home.
Building a new home is no small undertaking – it takes approximately 90 people directly or indirectly in the construction of that home, not to mention the thousands of components needed to do so. There is also that schedule to keep, weather to worry about, etc.
Back then a longtime superintendant told me, ‘you don’t get what you expect, you get what you inspect!’ Those are some of the most important words that, unfortunately, are seldom acted upon in the building industry.
After spending a number of years as a building official in the 1980s when energy efficient building codes were first being introduced, buildings were required to be tightened up. I saw first hand the problems caused by inattention to details in managing these critical energy efficient building touchstones. Impacts not only to the building itself, but the comfort and health of the indoor environment for the occupants. This inattention to detail also means economic damage to the largest investment homeowners will most likely make.
The way Hibbs Homes builds, with a keen focus on managing air and moisture management stemming from a focus on advanced building science, means it is critically important to have a quality management program to make sure items are installed properly and protected during the construction process. That includes testing and measuring their performance completion.
Hibbs Homes sets expectations of a what constitutes a well built home that is cost effective to operate and maintain, while protecting that investment. To get to that point, Hibbs Homes works with their team of trades and suppliers to effectively communicate the expectations they have for each of them – both individually and collectively. Their input is solicited to identify ways to make products and process more effective. They also understand that their work will be inspected at each stage of the process.
Because of the commitment to quality, value, and service, Hibbs Homes’s entire team, and each of their contractors, understands that it helps to deliver what you expect, because we inspect!