YOU GET WHAT YOU (OR YOUR BUILDER) PAY FOR.

FaucetWill your home builder use quality plumbing components and fixtures in the construction of your new home? To cut costs, some builders incorporate fixtures from a DIY home improvement center or general building materials store into the construction of a home.

What most consumers do not realize is that the “Brand Name” is available at different outlets.  DIY brand names will stand the test of time a few years (even less than 45 days) as you can see in this photo of a kitchen faucet the homeowner purchased at  a supposedly “value” retail store.  A reputable home builder uses plumbing components and fixtures from a specialty plumbing vendor.  We recommend that our customers select plumbing fixtures from specialty plumbing vendors–they will cost considerably more, but the years of function are greater.  I recently replaced my vanity fixtures with the cheap DIY type to save $$$, and the handles are already stiff and the surface is showing signs of bubble warps.  The $$$ I thought I would save, I will never realize–I will need to change out the faucets soon.

Speak with your builder.  Select a reputable builder!