BS builder talks: Getting your subs involved – Alex Skobel | Episode 2

Alex Skobel, president of Skobel Homes – Gainesville, Florida – joins us on The Building Code podcast at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, to share his take on construction project management software solutions and his secret sauce for getting their subs in the program.

As he was getting his company off the ground, Alex observed business and project management issues from other national homebuilders, which led him to extensive research into various project management tools in the market. After trying many software solutions, Alex found that Buildertrend was – and is – the best fit for his company.

According to Alex, other homebuilders should look for the following benefits when they implement construction project management software:

  • It’s easy to implement
  • The software partner is willing to listen to ideas and grow with your company
  • New/enhanced features are quickly released
  • Communication with the software partner is seamless and plentiful
  • When something goes wrong in the platform, troubleshooting happens fast
  • The software is incredibly flexible and works for any style of construction business
  • Subs find it easy to use
  • It includes a robust, easy-to-use homeowner portal

Skobel Homes has had great success in subcontractor adoption of Buildertrend in fact, 95% of their subs are in the software!

  • 80-90 subs and vendors make up the Skobel portfolio
  • Their subs use the Buildertrend Payment Processing Pro Service, which allows Skobel Homes to pay subs through direct deposit and save on admin time
  • The Purchase Orders (POs) feature in Buildertend allows standardization and templatization of processes to make paying subs as effortless and seamless as possible
  • Communication with the software partner is seamless and plentiful
  • When something goes wrong in the platform, troubleshooting happens fast
  • The software is incredibly flexible and works for any style of construction business
  • Subs find it easy to use
  • It includes a robust, easy-to-use homeowner portal

Alex’s roots run deep in the construction industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida and began his professional journey with a national homebuilder in 2004. During the United States housing bubble of 2006, Alex took advantage of the changing market and moved back home to Gainsville where he not only started a family, but also started Skobel Homes. Through this career change, Alex learned and became an expert in every trade needed to run a custom home business.

Skobel Homes started as a small custom homebuilder and has over the years grown to a substantial player in their local market. Alex’s goal when he started his company was “to create a homebuilder that was building affordable houses, but also offered high-end features: energy efficient and higher end finishings.” This model has allowed Skobel Homes to build luxury homes at a reasonable price.

Over the years, Skobel Homes has built several hundred houses, ranging from standard one-family to larger properties. Skobel Homes now offers a lot of options, and managing inventory and customer selections has never been easier because of Buildertrend.

 

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