“West Coast Homes was one of three companies to bid on our house, and while the three companies came in with very different numbers, once we included in the taxes, the hook-up fees, etc. and managed to compare apples to apples, all three prices were just about identical. So West Coast Homes was very competitive on price.
But where we were so pleased with them was in our regular interaction with Raymond Faber (at one point we were either emailing or talking on the phone with him daily) and his ability to make clear, but not pushy suggestions. We have never built a house, so we wanted someone to help us make the decisions. We explained to Raymond where we wanted quality, even if it cost a little more, and where we wanted to cut costs if there was any way to do so. Working with him we managed to cut about $15,000 off of the original price of the build. He had numerous helpful suggestions, and would present them with his opinion clearly stated. But if we wanted to go a different direction (happened a few times) he would quickly hop on board with us and offer ideas on how we could best accomplish this other idea.
In addition, while we had an architect design our house, there were some hiccups in his design (ex. he didn’t leave enough space for our staircase) that could have been quite stressful, but which Raymond helped us solve quickly. In addition, Raymond found us extra space on the plan that allowed us to put in a small washroom upstairs.
So, in other words, he:
- saved us money
- gave us innumerable ideas
- presented those ideas in a clear, and not pushy, manner
- solve us some serious headaches
- answered our questions quickly (the same day)
I’d highly recommend them and am so thankful that we went with them. I’ve heard horror stories about builders adding on costs for any minor changes that might be made, but have found Raymond and West Coast Homes to be very straightforward, honest and trustworthy. I can’t speak highly enough of them.