EVALUATING A CONTRACTOR: Why Choose Craftsman Homes, Inc.:
The quality of your home construction project and your experience will largely depend on the quality and professionalism of your contractor, including their financial and business stability, knowledge, skill and experience, references, contract professionalism, and personality. Always ask these questions:
Is the contractor licensed in Tennessee? CHI is a licensed TN contractor, license #40786
What is the contractor’s license limit? CHI maintains a $1,000,000 per project license (excluding land cost and gross overhead and profit).
Does the contractor maintain necessary insurance coverages? CHI has current Workman’s Compensation, General Liability, and Builder’s Risk (per project value) policies which have never been terminated for any reason.
Has the contractor ever filed for corporate or personal re-organization or bankruptcy? Neither CHI or David Horvath has ever filed for financial re-organization or bankruptcy under any name.
How long has the contractor worked with its current commercial lender? CHI has maintained a lending relationship with Wachovia Construction Lending (previously SouthTrust Bank) since 2000.
What is the business structure of the contracting business and who controls the business? CHI is a regular ‘C’ corporation with a Tennessee charter and David Horvath as President.
How long has the contractor operated under the same business name? CHI has been in business since 1997 operating under one name only.
Does the contractor have any outstanding judgments and/or liens, including tax liens? Neither David Horvath or CHI has ever had nor has any outstanding judgments and/or liens of any kind filed against them in any city, county, state, or federal territory.
Is the contractor a full-time construction business? CHI is a full time construction and consulting business with David Horvath employed as its full-time President and General Manager.
What national building industry credentials does the contractor have? David Horvath is one of only a handful of Graduate Master Builders (GMB) in Tennessee. Candidates complete fourteen courses including codes and standards, building technologies, business management, construction contracts and law, design-build, energy efficient construction, land development and site planning, project management, scheduling and quality construction. Continuing education is required to maintain certification and is verified by the NAHB.
What national home modifications credentials does the contractor have? David Horvath has earned the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation. This program addresses the unique needs of the older adult population and aging in place home modifications and design solutions for older consumers who want to continue living safely, independently and comfortably in a familiar environment throughout retirement. The program has a verified continuing education requirement.
What national green building credentials does the contractor have? David Horvath has earned the Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation which promotes sustainability to make a home healthier and more efficient. Curriculum includes cost-effective methods of construction, principles of energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor air and environmental quality, lot and site development, and homeowner education. The program has a continuing education requirement
Is the contractor familiar with LEED? David Horvath has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) designation which demonstrates a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System which includes a focus on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design.
What local industry credentials has the contractor earned? CHI is one of only a few builders in Middle Tennessee who have earned the prestigious Certified Builder designation.
Does the contractor offer design services? CHI has worked with dozens of customers with the design-build approach to building which brings together professional design and construction expertise.
Is the contractor a member of a professional industry association? Craftsman Homes, through its membership in the Home Builders’ Association of Middle Tennessee, is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
What is the scope of the contractor’s work and experience? CHI has designed and built dozens of houses ranging from $125,000 to nearly $2,000,000. CHI also performs small jobs, additions, energy modifications, restorations and remodeling projects. Consulting services are also available.
Does the contractor produce the quality of the work you are expecting? CHI welcomes a visit to a completed home and/or current project. Viewing our photo gallery will also show the scope of work we have completed including custom homes, additions, and remodeling.
How long have the contractor’s primary subcontractors performed work for the contractor?
All of the primary trade contractors used by CHI have performed work for CHI for several years.
Can the contractor provide many customer references? CHI has a long list of happy customers who have expressed their satisfaction in response to written surveys conducted by Craftsman Homes.
Do the contractor’s subcontractors see the contractor actively involved on the construction site? Upon request, CHI offers a complete list of primary subcontractors for contact by prospective customers to contact to interview their background and observations about Craftsman Homes.
Has the contractor been favorably featured in any local printed media? CHI has been featured on the front page of the real estate section of The Tennessean in an article entitled “Build or Remodel, Can the Same Builder Fill Both needs? A Brentwood brother and sister found one who could” and on the front page of the Homestyles section of Murfreesboro’s The Daily News Journal in an article titled “Family Living, Open floor plan offers inviting welcome to guests”. Both articles represent quality projects but more importantly, satisfied customers.
Have any formal complaints or legal actions ever been taken against the contractor? No formal complaints and/or legal actions have ever been taken against Craftsman Homes by any of its customers. Further, no complaints have ever been made to the Better Business Bureau or the HBA or any other consumer advocacy group.
Does the contractor provide a written warranty up front as part of the sales agreement? CHI includes a written walk-through/punch list document and warranty as part of the sales agreement.
Does the contractor’s contract include nationally recognized construction quality standards?
As part of its sales contract and warranty, CHI includes the NAHB's Residential Construction Performance Guidelines which provides an objective third party source of hundreds of credible and uniform criteria for acceptable residential workmanship.
Is the contractor personally stable and maintain strong family relationships? David Horvath, President of CHI, and his wife Regina have been married since 1989 and have three children. David attends church and serves through youth teaching.