Is Building To Code Enough? Not If You Want To Be The Best.
We’ve all heard it too many times to count. Customers are always complaining about how expensive it is to build to code. Or they comment that the other quote was to “build to code” and you’re quote is more expensive. The reality is “building to code” isn’t good enough and it sets you up to be just another contractor getting by instead of the premiere go to contractor.
It’s time to start educating your customers and explaining what the code really means. It’s time to start explaining that the code is really the bare minimum that we should build to in order to be safe. You could frame the floor shown above with 2×8’s and likely meet minimum code. But is that really the end product you want to be known for?
All builders need to build to a higher code. They need to be proud of the expertise they bring to the customer. We need to brag about our good work, our quality work, and our insistence on building better than the code.