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Making the decision to build your dream home or even your own company’s office from the ground up means getting to see your vision come to life. Every door knob, faucet, light fixture, tile, and square inch is decided by you. While certainly exciting, the process can also be daunting — especially with the complications brought on by the pandemic.

That’s why having the right builders can make all the difference in the process. It can either be a stressful and regret-filled or a fun, treasured time in your life.

RDZ Group has more than 17 years of experience in commercial, industrial, and residential construction, servicing the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. While instinct may tell you to hold off on building your dream home or office amid a pandemic, there is reason to do otherwise.

Due to supply shortages, RDZ Group President Renato Rodriguez said projects are taking longer than usual, and material prices are up. But the advantage in a building now is record-low interest rates.

“There are pros and cons — prices are a little higher, but interest rates are lower — so it kind of evens out,” Rodriguez said. “For instance, a major advantage is that you’re getting a brand-new home built — a home that can last up to 50 years. But around 20, 25 years, you have to start doing a lot of maintenance — new roof, new windows, new doors — and a lot of times, things on the inside are outdated.”

When deciding to build, Rodriguez said clients come to his company brimming with photos and ideas. It is his team’s job to turn those ideas into reality while staying within budget. Part of the process is helping people understand the financial component.

“You’re not going to plan for a 5,000-square-foot house when you can only financially afford a 2,200-square-foot home — that’s the difference between a $200,000 and $600,000 home,” Rodriguez said. “This is something in which we prep the clients beforehand, so they have an idea of where they stand before we get started.”

Once someone signs on with the firm, Rodriguez said, forming a strong relationship is key.

“In a world where contractors, builders, and construction management firms have a really challenging reputation, we try to build a foundation of trust,” he said. “Once we establish that trust, everything else is just following through.”

While it’s advantageous to build, it requires patience. Prior to the pandemic, Rodriguez said his company could complete a home in anywhere from 45 days to three months. Now, depending on the size and components, it can take up to six months for construction. To ensure projects stay on their timeline, RDZ Group does not take on more clients than it can feasibly handle at a time.

“A lot of contractors and builders like to overcommit, then they underdeliver and can’t produce,” he said. “We’ll be honest from the very beginning, ‘yeah, that is something that is doable, we can take it on,’ or, ‘no, we’re not going to do it.’ We are very transparent with them.”

In such instances, or if a client decides to go with another builder for any other reason, RDZ Group continues to offer its consulting services, where they help oversee the project and provide inspections to ensure the project is going accordingly.

“Ultimately, we ensure their hired contractors are doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” Rodriguez said. “We hear a lot of conversations where the contractor got paid and left with the money and never showed up. So, through our consulting, we’re there to make sure the clients understand what they are getting themselves into.

“We walk them through the process all the way to completion. It’s as important to them as it is to us and as important to us as it is to them.”

RDZ Group has locations in Brownsville, McAllen, and San Antonio.

For more information or to book a consultation, visit rdz-group.com or call (956) 322-3737.

 

RDZ Group

Address: 1306 E Tamarack Ave Suite A, McAllen, TX 78501, United States
Rocio Villalobos