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Sometimes Home Inspections Are Not Enough

May 21, 2019 8:26:58 AM / by Don Magruder, CEO RoMac Building Supply posted in New Home Construction

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Unless you are a construction expert, when you buy an existing home, the best investment prior to closing is a good home inspection. Any realtor worth their salt will recommend a home inspection, unless they are suspicious about the home’s quality. For an average-sized home, a typical home inspection costs between $350 to $500 depending on the detail of the inspection and report. Since most home inspections are submitted in email form nowadays, home inspectors seem to be adding a lot more pictures and fluff to justify charging higher prices.

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Accidents Often Occur Within a Comfort Zone

May 14, 2019 10:16:45 AM / by Don Magruder, CEO RoMac Building Supply posted in Safety

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During the last several months, there have been several experienced local construction tradespeople who have had serious accidents on the job,

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Episode #2 featuring Angela Taylor, Manager of Frank Slaughter Insurance

May 8, 2019 3:36:13 PM / by Don Magruder, CEO RoMac Building Supply posted in Video

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Our guest today is Angela Taylor, the owner of the Frank Slaughter Insurance Agency in Wildwood, Florida. We're going to discuss changes in Florida’s home insurance market in the wake of Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Michael in 2018.

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Most Online Reviews Are Worthless

May 6, 2019 10:30:43 AM / by Don Magruder, CEO RoMac Building Supply posted in Online Reviews

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Sometimes a little straight talk is needed, and when it comes to online reviews it’s time to be honest. Most online reviews are worthless, especially in the world of construction products and services. There are people who only read that last statement and there is a pretty good chance they are going to make some online comment or review stating the guy who writes the “Around the House” column is an idiot, and therein lies the problem.

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Tips for Hiring a Competent Project Manager

Apr 29, 2019 8:45:25 AM / by Don Magruder, CEO RoMac Building Supply posted in New Home Construction

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Most of the large national builders have an organization that segments the home buying process for new clients. The home buying experience typically begins with a salesperson who has been trained to emphasize features and benefits of a new home while starting the new homebuyer’s qualification process. At some point, the client will be passed to a person on the team who will manage all the financial steps in the process as well as a home designer who will finalize all product selections and details of the home. Once the salesperson, finance person and home designer complete their tasks in the home buying process, the client is then passed to a project manager who will take all the agreed upon decisions and construction plans to begin the building process.

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