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We say YES to Empty Nesters

Our mission is to be the best Empty Nester builder in Southwest Washington. That means we need to have the best locations, floor plans, techniques and products that serve them well. We also will build on client’s lots and land….

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I’ve been asked numerous times over the last couple of years to get back to writing the “Ask the Builder” article in this newspaper. I am happy to be back and have committed to writing 13 articles over the next…

What is the right type of loan?

It might be interesting for you to Google Freddie Mac and look up the 200 year historical interest rate chart. Did you know that when John Astor was establishing a trading post in the now named Astoria that he was…

How can you improve safety in one’s home?

A: WE’VE ALL HEARD THE ADVERTISEMENT “I HAVE FALLEN AND CAN’T GET UP”, UNFORTUNATELY AN EPISODE LIKE THIS IS VERY COMMON. I have had two friends where this very thing happened. One was saved 3 days later by a concerned…

Who is a Focus for Quail… THE EMPTY NESTER

A: As we discussed last week, starting in September every year we analyze how our business matches up with the conditions of the market. We all know that we have a growth market in the plus 50 age group. What…

Pet Friendly Living

All of our homeowners that have pets love them dearly. Adjusting the design to help is a passion, of ours. It’s a lot of fun to get each client set up for success. Common exterior adjustments include what type of…

Can you discuss off gassing in a home?

A: AS MANY ARE AWARE, SAFETY NEVER TAKES A VACATION. THE HIDDEN ENEMIES IN A HOME ARE CARBON MONOXIDE, ASBESTOS AND RADON. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and toxic gas produced as a by-product of combustion. Carbon monoxide detectors…

How do you go about maintaining a budget?

A: MAINTAINING THE BUDGET REQUIRES A FOCUSED EFFORT OVER THE LIFE OF THE PROJECT BY MANY PARTIES. IT IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF FOCUS. A DISCILPINED TEAM FOCUS. THE TEAM CONSISTS OF OUR EMPLOYEES, SUBCONTRACTORS, VENDORS AND CLIENTS. We have…

Financing is so confusing. How can you help?

A: WHAT DO PORK BELLIES, ORANGE JUICE, WHEAT HAVE IN COMMON WITH HOME MORTGAGES? They are all commodities. The price of them changes daily. At one point in my career we had a mortgage company under the Quail Umbrella. We…

Empty Nester Experts

When we started Quail Homes (1989) our first four homes we built we 1200 square feet 3 bedroom 2 bath single level homes. They were targeted for the Empty Nester buyer. It is hard to imagine that they were $79,900….

The real needs for Dual Living Homes…

It is time to have a frank discussion on meeting the needs of our aging population. I have watched over my career what I and most deem as poor public policy in providing housing for the empty nester buyer. Anybody…

2020 and the Yellow #2 Pencil

I gave sharpened yellow #2 pencils with pads of paper to our employees as a gift at our last meeting of the year. We all operate in this digital world where we communicate in rapid speed. So, we think!! I…

A Quail Recap of 2019

The housing market had a good year. We have participated in that good fortune. Next year looks promising. Interest rates and inventory levels are down which is good for housing. We see continued population growth. We are really excited for…

Communicating with your clients Part 2—‘The Weekly Status Report’

We must have an excellent process in communicating so that our clients trust us. We must provide them timely and pertinent information so that they feel comfortable throughout the build process. Otherwise we can easily get overwhelmed with the daily…

How do you communicate with your clients during construction? Part One

My 30-year career spans the evolution of handwritten letters, typewriters, word processors, face to face meetings, cell phones, fax machines, email, texting, instant photos/videos via the smart phone, video conferencing, etc. We have been working on an effective communication system…

Quail Homes celebrates their 30th Anniversary, they have learned a few things…

Orginial article posted on The Columbian Homes Website. Until 30 years passes, you don’t realize how fast it goes. Nor do you realize how much change occurs. A Motorola cell phone “the brick” was the hot and exciting phone. A…

What we do to have great crawl spaces.

It all starts at the top. I want crawl spaces that function properly. I do not want warranty calls for water in the crawl space. I have spent a lot of time collaborating with those who are involved in excavating…

Crawl spaces aren’t sexy, but they are important.

All things water is a major concern for a builder. Especially in the crawl space. I drive a lot. When I drive I listen to the radio.  A day does not go by when I hear advertisements for fixing crawl…

What do you Recommend for Building Products when Building a New Home?

Let’s discuss the concept first. Then I will follow up with future articles on specific products and techniques that will apply to create maximum value. I am often surprised how people make decisions when purchasing a new home. Cost is…

What do you recommend when building a new home?

Let’s leave picking the builder out of this discussion. I will give you unbiased yet informative answers based on my experience. It all starts with design. Most people do not put enough thought into the design of the home. Most…

Quail’s 2018 Strategic Objectives

The last few articles I shared with you our Core Purpose:  A unified commitment to be the best Empty Nester homebuilder in Southwest Washington ranging from 1500-2400 square feet operating with a set of Core Values focused on excellence, respect,…

Communicating with Empty Nesters

Q:  Is a strong communication system a must when serving the Empty Nester? A:  Typically, the Empty Nester has lived their lives communicating by mail, talking on the phone and meeting in person. Later in their lives they had been…

Empty Nesters and Honesty

Q:  Is honesty required when serving the Empty Nester? A:  One thing that I have noticed as my parents have gotten older is that they don’t mind telling me what they think. Sometimes their comments come out of the blue…

Focusing on New Home Comfort

Focusing on New Home Comfort and our clients love it!! We have noticed that our clients are searching for the perfect new house for their last home. They know how the want to live because they have lived. One person’s…

Empty Nester Needs

Q: What are the needs of the Empty Nester? A: Most in our industry would think building a one level or master on the main home plan would solve the needs of the Empty Nester buyer. We have experienced the…

Defining Empty Nesters

Q:  How does Quail define the Empty Nester? A:  Some might think the Empty Nester is a homebuyer that wants a single level home. I would suggest that the Empty Nester is defined much broader. Quail has had over 20…

Trust…it starts with a handshake…then what

Q: Trust…it starts with a handshake…then what? A: Backing up your commitment is what is most important. Today people are more skeptical than ever. Earned Trust is required daily. I find that this is not something you can do selectively….

Trust…it starts with a handshake

Q: Trust…it starts with a handshake? A: I often get asked, “What do you look for when hiring a subcontractor or vendor?” Before you are knee deep in problems, maybe I can help with a few proactive tips I have…

What is your history of building homes

Q: What is your history of building homes? A: We started in 1989 and delivered our first home in 1990. We got four spec home loans from Lee Stenseth President of the Bank of Vancouver (purchased by West Coast Bank…

Job Cost Variances

No one likes job costs that increase.  That can be said with confidence! Our team is committed to exhausting every possible effort before construction begins to create a solid budget.  The good news is that a lot of our sub-contractors can…

Navigating The Permit Process

Even after all these years we feel a great sense of accomplishment when we have a complete package of documents ready to submit for building permit approval. This vast mound of paperwork includes the custom dream home plans for our…

What are your thoughts on water conservation

Q: What are your thoughts on water conservation? A: Is our weather pattern the new normal? If it is then we might see a real need for water conservation. It’s probably a good idea to conserve now as it is….

Reduce Noise in the Home

Q: What can been done to help reduce noise that is created within the house? A: Sound is all about vibrations. Even inside of the home. Everybody has their pet peeves. Here is what I hear most from our clients:…

How to make your Home Quieter

Q: What can I do to make my home quieter? A: Over the years this has become a growing concern. We are all living closer together (lots are smaller, homes closer together, more street noise), people live with extended families…

Hot and Cold Areas in the Home

Q: My home has hot and cold areas. What can we do to improve that? A: With a rare exception most if not all existing homes have areas in the home that vary in temperature. Upstairs temperatures may vary from…

Builders Blog – Welcome

Welcome to Quail Homes’ blog! In the days and weeks to follow we will bring you all the best news, pictures from the job site, design ideas, and a peek behind the curtain at how we work and sometimes play….

Why keep your jobsites clean?

Q: Can you discuss why it is so important to keep jobsites clean? A: My grandfather and father owned grocery stores. To compete with the national chain stores we had to win them over with service. My key job from…