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Home Stager with Welcome Home Interiors, LLC

Is anyone here associated with or have ever used the company UBuildIt?  My husband and I are contemplating finding some nice land and building our next home but we'd like to be involved as much as possible.  I'm in school for Interior Design so I am planning on customizing a home plan.  We've gone to a UBuildIt seminar and I've spoken with a contractor there.  It seems like a great thing to do, but I want to hear from others who may have gone this route.

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Anonymous #29
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ex-employee

Beware UBuildIt.  Clients are rarely happy.

January 18, 2010 03:58 PM
Anonymous #30
Anonymous
Patrick

there are much better options than UBuildIt.  Do your

due diligence

January 23, 2010 11:05 AM
Anonymous #32
Anonymous
DISGUSTED

The UBuildIT Charleston office is a complete waste of your money.  The owners have very little knowledge of the building industry and suck you in with their sales pitch.  They were never available, as they live in the Savannah area.  They cost us thousands of dollars due to their misinterpretation of bids from subs.  We found most of our subs on our own because the subs they recommended had such poor quality.  They focus on price and not quality.  Biggest waste of my money.  They are unethical.

February 23, 2010 06:20 PM
Anonymous #33
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DISGUSTED

The UBuildIT Charleston office is a complete waste of your money.  The owners have very little knowledge of the building industry and suck you in with their sales pitch.  They were never available, as they live in the Savannah area.  They cost us thousands of dollars due to their misinterpretation of bids from subs.  We found most of our subs on our own because the subs they recommended had such poor quality.  They focus on price and not quality.  Biggest waste of my money.  They are unethical.

February 23, 2010 06:20 PM
Anonymous #34
Anonymous
DISGUSTED

The UBuildIT Charleston office is a complete waste of your money.  The owners have very little knowledge of the building industry and suck you in with their sales pitch.  They were never available, as they live in the Savannah area.  They cost us thousands of dollars due to their misinterpretation of bids from subs.  We found most of our subs on our own because the subs they recommended had such poor quality.  They focus on price and not quality.  Biggest waste of my money.  They are unethical.

February 23, 2010 06:20 PM
Anonymous #35
Anonymous
Michael Grace

If you are having problems with your project now or are considering a new one, please feel free to contact me. I am a construction consultant for over 30 years with over 50 million dollars of satisfied clients in the residential and commercial sector. Do not be scammed anymore. At the end of the day it is construction and managed properly and cost effectively can be a successful and rewarding experience for homeowners and buyers. The cost of a consultants involvement should never be unrealistic and beneficial to the owners.....Michael Grace

March 21, 2010 08:29 AM
Anonymous #36
Anonymous
Michele
Thanks everyone. After working in the design industry for several years, I've made many trustworthy contacts and feel like UBuildIt is not for me afterall. I will put my associations to good use and get the job done myself. Now to find that perfect plot of land!
March 21, 2010 08:57 AM
Anonymous #37
Anonymous
Shannon

I'm researching building my own house (~4000 sq.ft.) in the Upstate of SC (Greenville, SC) and have decided to use the services of ubuildit after the local owner - Robert Raditz - gave me several clients that he's helped.  I'm a person that does much due diligence, and in doing so, called former clients as well as looked at his workmanship and was very impressed.  As a former engineer in Florida, I know I can build the house myself AND save a ton of money.  My problem is is that I don't have the necessary construction experience or know the subcontractors to effectively get the project done.  In comparison to using a full-service residential builder, it's a no-brainer as I've gotten some prices from custom builders and can't afford them. 

May 13, 2010 02:23 PM
Anonymous #38
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Marianne Kreczkowski

UBuildIt is not for everyone but if you are thinking of building or remodeling you owe it to yourself to talk to a UBuildIt office near you. 11,000 families since 1988 have worked with UBuildIt and created their dream home. You have your own Construction Consultant who can walk you through your entire project; and the benefits of discounts at Sears, Sherwin Williams and many more vendors.

Assisting homeowners in managing their own building, remodeling and home improvement projects; saving them time and money. Make a great first step when you want to build or remodel your own home. The UBuildIt System has empowered thousands of people, just like you to build their own home, remodel or add on an addition and make improvements. Be an Owner Builder and Start Right Now! Check out ubuildit.com

January 23, 2011 06:19 PM
Anonymous #39
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Michele

Wow Marianne,

 

That sounded like it was copied right from the UBuildIt website!  have you actually used them yourself? Do you work for them somewhere?

January 24, 2011 12:09 PM
Anonymous #40
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Eva Casen

I have not used UBuildIt but found them on Twitter and read through their website. Doing business since 1988 has to count for something. They have free seminars and it looks like in many areas they are in current homeshows. Check them out and ask for references and client testimonials.  I do not see any UBuildIt office in South Carolina except for Greenville but see they have them in many states.

Myself? I would take advantage of the free consultation or free seminar.  Like they say on their site, find out if it is a fit for you. Could not say it better!

January 24, 2011 04:13 PM
Anonymous #41
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Michele

Ok, now I'm confused.  Eva Casen - Marianne Kreczkowski, same person?

I actually have attended a free seminar, but I came here to ask for unbiased opinions, not sales pitches from people who may have something to gain.  I am fully capable of reading their website, which I have also done.  But I don't believe everything I read, and as you may have noticed from the other posts here, not everyone has had a great experience with them.  I'm sure they don't list client testimonials with negative remarks on their websites.

Anyway, thanks to the experiences of others, plus my own education over the past few years, I won't need UBuildIt after all.  But I'm glad I'm not the only one curious about their services.

January 24, 2011 07:56 PM
Anonymous #42
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unhappy

Well, our experience using UBuildit in South Carolina (Charleston) was horrible.  They are uneducated crooks who don't know a thing about building.  They give a great sales pitch, take your money, and leave you to build your house on your own. They no longer have an office in Charleston, interesting, huh? 

January 24, 2011 08:16 PM
Anonymous #43
Anonymous
Eva Casen

I am Eva in San Antonio and am researching UBuildIt, Owner Builder Network and other companies that help do it yourselfers. The old addage that it must be true as I read it in the paper is one that I don't go with. I believe in research and talking to the people who would be helping me...and getting references

January 25, 2011 03:08 PM
Anonymous #44
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Marianne

We want to share some real and recent UBuildIt client testimonials. With a system that has been around for over 20 years, and helped over 11,000 families, we think we are doing pretty good. 

Our experience with UBuildIt has been fantastic. Our questions and concerns were addressed promptly. Recommended subcontractors have been professional, timely, dependable, and of excellent quality. We entered into the idea of building our own home with much trepidation, and are close to completing construction confidently, and with significant equity. Equipped with no building experience and a small amount of working construction knowledge, it would have been next to impossible to complete our project within budget and in a timely fashion without Dave and Beth’s knowledge, patience, professionalism, and most importantly friendship. We are more than satisfied with our relationship with UBuildIt and the entire process.

For some video testimonials, visit http://www.ubuildit.com/resource-center/informational-video.html

As you should when you are going to spend any amount of money and especially on something as important as your home, meet the people who will help you, ask alot of questions including the big one "Is UBuildIt a Fit for You?" and decide for yourself.  We encourage people who have issues to contact the UBuildIt they are working with or the Home Office at 1.866.828.4534. One of the ways we keep our excellent service is to hear from you.

Thank you!

 

February 17, 2011 01:08 PM
Anonymous #45
Anonymous
fed up

Marianne-  I believe you work in the West Cost office as I spoke with you when I was having problems with my local consultant.  You and your office were of no help to me in addressing my problems.  Who are these people?  Another made up lie?

February 17, 2011 01:26 PM
Anonymous #46
Anonymous
Marianne

I did post a testimonial and links to other client raves about our system above and I believe it has my name on it. Read them for yourself at ubuildit.com and listen also. Every experience is different as is every project. Find out for yourself; do your research and see if UBuildIt is a Fit for You. Don't rely on blog posts; rely on yourself to find out what is really true and what isn't.

Thank you for your time. Marianne

February 19, 2011 09:20 PM
Anonymous #47
Anonymous
Michael Grace

As I'm reading through the post here and researching Ubuildit, there is something I don't understand. One of the selling pints of their service is saving the overhead and profit that you would have paid a General Contractor. I have seen some of the contracts UBI use's and the fees they charge. One client spent over $20K for their services. I have been retained by 6 users of UBI and after clearing the dust of homeowner-contractor disputes, I was wondering; would not a construction consultant prevent or at the very least assist in a resolution for the homeowner.  michael@mgraceconsulting.com

May 09, 2011 12:55 AM
Anonymous #48
Anonymous
Tony Ingram

UBUILDIT is a joke. should be renamed. BAIT AND SWITCH. Fraudulent in my opinion. The EDMOND Oklahoma franchise is a joke. Let me explain the process. No bibs, just put together low numbers to lure you in to make you think you will save big bucks. They meet with you to discuss their itemized list with these low ball numbers in a spreadsheet. They do not release any information until they have made you sign a one sided agreement and paid them in full. They then turn the information over to you and say Good Luck. Once paid and the book is handed over, is when you realize their numbers were fabricated and lowballed to scam you. Just read the comments above. Same theme. all overbudget. Well, who do you think has to come up with the difference? Yeah YOU!! In my case they didn't even bother to get the bids!!!! As a homeowner, how do you know if the subs are complying with codes and or correct construction processes? Most don't, and mistakenly rely on Bait and Switch representatives to do it for you. Well don't because they won't or can't. Remember it all comes back on you. BIG JOKE. Buyer beware. 

August 31, 2011 06:59 PM
Anonymous #49
Anonymous
J. Kevin Balog
I've used UBuildIt - Indianapolis to help build my "empty nesters" dream home. Worst 25 months entangled in a commercial relationship in my life. We bought the "Premium" package where they were supposed to supervise subcontractors that we approved of. Not even close. Their errors of commission and omission costs us approximately $51,645. in wasted costs of having to re-do or correct mistakes because of their lack of attentiveness. Their so-called system is not a system at all. They work by the seat of their pants. Our project was supposed to be finished in nine months. They gave us eight "move in" dates.....then they lost interest in finishing our house. They "walked off the job" and left us hanging after arround month 17. I had to hire another superintendent to finish the house. We recently (seven days ago) moved in after 25 months of building. No joy left in inhabiting our new house. This outfit has put us through a guessing game constantly wondering if/when then would proactively make progress building our house. Long on excuses, always blaming others, never accepting accountability themselves for hissing up system after system in our house. Looking back, I probably should have smelled a "scam" but their leader is high profile in the local religious community. We thought that we could trust him. As my wife would say this outfit betrayed us and should not have earned the trust that we had bestowed upon them. Again, reflecting back on our 25 month ordeal, we were taken for a ride by an unrepentent principal.
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