We talked to Nick Yahoodain of Advanced Builders & Contractors about home building and design during the pandemic.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Nick Yahoodain: We are thankfully doing well. It is a challenge to adjust, but the strength of those around me, my wife and kids, is so inspiring. They have adapted and continue to. Hopefully, things will get better soon for everyone.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Advanced Builders & Contractors.
Nick Yahoodain: I have been a General Contractor in Los Angeles for over 16 years. I started out in residential and select commercial work, kitchens, bathrooms… as my company grew, so did the size of our work. Now we focus on New Construction, large scale remodels, additions, and specialize in Hillside properties.
How does Advanced Builders & Contractors innovate?
Nick Yahoodain: We stay up to date on new products and technology in home building and design to keep our clients’ homes relevant for many years to come. Lately, water management, recycling, security, and air filtration have become increasingly important.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Nick Yahoodain: For one, how we schedule workers on site has had to change to limit the number of people at the job site. It has slowed our industry, and people who wanted to start projects are pulling back from investing and moving forward with their projects. We know things will improve and believe it is only a matter of time. We keep in contact with these clients and hope once things improve, we have stayed in their minds.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Nick Yahoodain: We had to decide how to handle new challenges, ones we haven’t had to deal with in the past. Hygiene has become more important than ever. It also means having soap, cleaning stations, and disinfectants available to our team and visitors to the job sites.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself and Advanced Builders & Contractors in the future?
Nick Yahoodain: With anything else, we have to stay positive, focus on the good, and press forward. We must learn from these times to always think ahead and always have a safety net. Whether that means food, cleaning product, savings, or toilet paper… so you can continue to support those around us. Our company will continue to do what we are meant to do – build amazing homes and properties. I believe that by always taking care of our customers and doing our best work will always provide for us.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Nick Yahoodain: In the areas we work – Los Angeles, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, there is always another General Contractor available – but that’s a good thing. It keeps things competitive and gives the homeowner options. We encourage homeowners to get at least 3 bids on their plans before choosing who to work with. We would rather have the right jobs than the most jobs. Our projects can take 1-2 years. You want to be sure you are in a good working relationship with the contractor you choose to build your home with.
Your final thoughts?
Nick Yahoodain: We are beyond appreciative to all the homeowners we have worked with, and to those we have yet to meet. We are looking forward to our next house!