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Preferred Building Systems

Preferred Building Systems uses multiple levels of accountability to maintain quality
in its homes. This responsibility is on team leaders and quality control personnel, as
well as third-party inspectors.

ADJUSTING TO MARKET

With Lavalley's upcoming 55-year anniversary in June 2017,
Huot notes that the company has come a long way. It owns 10 lumberyards located throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, a sawmill - shipping Eastern White Pine all over the country, Roof Trusses
and a wall panel operation, in addition to the operation he oversees.
"We've been very fortunate to have many people over the years
help our company grow," he says. "We have a lot of great people that
work for us today and we see that the future is certainly bright with
our long-term vision for serving the community that we serve.We aim
to be good stewards of what we have as well as help make our builders
successful. If we make them successful, then we're successful."
Huot says the company's long-term vision sets it apart from
competitors because it always tries to look five to 20 years
down the road to where the industry is headed. "Right now we
see skilled labor being a definite challenge, at least in the New
England area," he says. "So coming up with more efficient ways
and methods of building is really what our vision is, and that's
how we are trying to do our part."
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Modular home manufacturers must be able to navigate cyclical and
seasonal demand, Huot notes. The industry is ever-evolving with
new products, home styles, skilled labor, regulations and energy
price challenges. The key, he says, is to be flexible and proactive
about these things instead of being reactive.
"We see the current challenge with homeowners today as they
go through the financing/appraisal process," he says. "Part of being
nimble in the market is something you have to adapt and be sensitive to. Honestly, our hands are tied with how much you can really
control with that because materials cost what they cost on a project. We have to be able to provide an efficient process of managing
the items we can control to make a project successful within the
homeowners budget. Ultimately, it's just bringing about services
and solutions to address those concerns or market solutions, which
keeps you sharp, on your toes and always looking forward."

CONSTANT COMMUNICATION
Clear communication with clients is a top priority within the Preferred Building Systems & New England Homes brands. Even more
important, according to Huot, is listening to the clientele because
they are the true source for the company's design inspirations.


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