The KM Difference

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT "FULL STAFF" EMPLOYEES by Keith Moehle

Starting a remodeling project is such an exhilarating experience. You begin imagining what the final project will look like and you think of the party you’ll plan to show off your new renovation.


However, in all the excitement of wondering and planning, you can sometimes forget or overlook some of the terms that contractors use in their advertisements. While they may sound good, they can sometimes have a hidden meaning.

For example, most contractors or remodelers will advertise that they have a full staff of employees ready to work on your project. They set a schedule for your project and they tell you their guys will show up on these days at this time. But as they begin working on your project, you notice that fewer and fewer people are showing up to the job. And you notice that the employees start to show up at times that were not the times discussed by your contractor. When you confront your contractor about it, you find out that the “full staff of employees” they advertised are actually a handful of subcontracted employees. 

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Since these employees are sub-contracted out by the contractor, they’re not obligated to follow your contractor's schedule and often make their own schedules of when they want to show up, what time they want to show up, and how long they feel like working on your project. And if they’re subcontracted to other jobs as well, they might prioritize higher paying jobs over your project. 

So when you’re considering a contractor for your next remodeling project, make sure to ask what kind of employees they have. If your contractor has a full team of W-2 employed workers, you’re good to go. But if they say that have a large team of subcontracted employees, then you should think twice before using their service. 

Here at KM BUILDERS, you’ll never have to worry about what kind of employees we use because we do have a full staff of W-2 employed workers as well as a full team of in-house designers, architects, and estimators. So give us a call at 210-680-5626 for your next remodeling project and we promise to give a high-quality job with the best high-quality team. 

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

THE HUMBLE HISTORY OF KM BUILDERS by Keith Moehle

In honor of celebrating 35 wonderful years of being in business and we wanted to share our humble beginning with you. 

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KM BUILDERS was founded in June of 1984 when Keith Moehle created KM Construction which was geared towards new construction. Keith carried the business from 1984 to 1989 right up until the peak of the Savings and Loans crisis which hit the U.S economy hard in the late ’80s. It was very hard for Keith and the team to find work in new construction so he decided to take a carpentry position with USAA for stability and kept KM Construction running part-time on the side. Everyone thought he was crazy for working both jobs, but his hard work paid off when Keith ended up being laid off from USAA in 1996. 

After he was laid off, Keith bounced right back with KM BUILDERS full time doing new construction, outdoor living, and other small remodeling projects. After 4 years, Keith and his team hit 1 million in gross profits! Then in 2003, Keith decided he wanted to shift his focus from new construction and wanted to dive deeper into remodeling. After that, business was booming! Keith and the team had even started another side company doing air conditioning and plumbing. 

Then came the big recession in 2008. KM BUILDERS took a hard hit with business volume cutting in half overnight. But Keith persevered and was able to keep the business running into the successful and largest full remodeling company that we know and love today. 

Some of the lessons that Keith and his team learned as the keys to success:

  • Starting a business is not easy and requires hard work and dedication

  • Be nimble, flexible, aggressive, and be willing to change. Learn to focus not on what you want to do but what you have to do in order to keep the business going

Some of the wise words of wisdom that Keith likes to share with everyone:

  • Don’t compromise on your principles and business values

  • Have a passion for what you do

  • Be loyal and learn to invest in people

  • Be knowledgeable and always continue to learn something new

  • Learn to have a self-sacrificing attitude

So if you want to a remodeler that is truly experienced and can defy the odds, call our KM team at 210-680-5626.

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

HOW TO AVOID BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF LAME CONTRACTORS by Keith Moehle

You always hear horror stories on the news of how some poor homeowner was taken advantage of by another contractor who scammed them. Heck, this happens so often we even have a segment on our radio show dedicated to warning people of these lame contractors. 

There are many promises contractors like to use to make themselves sound trustworthy. You may hear or terms like bonded and insured on their radio advertisements, on a billboard, or in an ad from a newspaper or magazine. While this may sound like good advertising, have you ever wondered what these terms actually mean?

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When a contractor says they’re bonded, it really means that they have a surety bond. A surety bond or surety is a promise that another party will pay to find you a new contractor if your current contractor fails to meet the obligation of fulfilling the terms of your contract or they’ll give out a payment for the project. This protects the contractor against losses resulting from failure to meet the obligation. 

So in simple terms, a separate party will pay to find you a new contractor if your current contractor fails to meet the obligations of your contract or if the contractor is unable to complete the project, the customer will receive an insurance payment to complete the unfinished work. So if you were presented with this type of guarantee, why wouldn’t you want to go with that company or contractor? 

Well, you should first know that it is extremely costly for a company to be bonded and insured. It would be almost impossible for the business to keep running if they had that type of insurance policy. So it’s more than likely if your contractor is advertising that they’re bonded and insured, they’re probably not. Now they’re already lying to you before they even start your project. Why would you want to work with a company or contractor with faulty promises? 

If you decide to work with a company or contractor that advertises that they’re bonded and insured, make sure you ask for the proof. Also, make sure to ask what type of insurance they have. If the project were to catch fire, flood, or if someone was to get hurt on the job, who is responsible for that? These are very important details you should know before signing a contract. 

With KM BUILDERS, we don’t try to be something we’re not.  You can always count on our team to be honest and truthful. We give you full disclosure about our policies upfront in the first meeting. So call our team at 210-680-5626 to ask how we can help start your next remodel project without the worry of being suckered into a scam. 


THE KM BUILDERS DIFFERENCE by Keith Moehle

When you decide to remodel your home, you want a remodeler that will give you quality both in service and in the final product. At KM BUILDERS, we have a dedicated team who works to meet those high-quality expectations.


When you call KM BUILDERS to do your remodeling project, we can guarantee top-notch quality. Our teams, both in house and on the job site, strive to give our clients the best possible experience. We get the job done for the best price with the best quality.

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Now, there are other remodelers out there who can match our level of quality, but they would have double or triple their prices and extend their timelines anywhere from three to six months.. What makes KM BUILDERS different and able to offer lower prices is that we have our own in house staff of talented designers and architects. This helps us to provide our clients with higher better designs and better scheduling.

One of the major benefits of having an in house team is that it helps us keep costs down and allows us to get the job done more efficiently. Since we don't have to consult or hire a subcontractor to create a quality design for your remodel, it helps to eliminate the back and forth of meetings and the hassle of rescheduling.

At KM BUILDERS, we also have our own in house cabinet specialist. Instead of having to go with your contractor to different cabinet shops, we can offer you a variety of selections from our showroom. We also supply a variety of custom cabinetry options.

Another thing that makes KM BUILDERS different is that we show you the proof. We can prove that all of our consultants have a degree in interior design or architectural design. We won’t hire anyone who says they have experience in design but doesn’t have the degree or license to prove it.

It can be tempting to go with a remodeling company that offers a lower price for the job, but then you wouldn’t get the same level of long-lasting quality. Here at KM BUILDERS, we work hard to make sure we only provide the best quality possible so we can give you peace of mind during or about your remodel. Call us at 210-680-5626 to set up your FREE consultation today!

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

THE HONEST TRUTH by Keith Moehle

Over and again we hear horror stories of how homeowners are ripped off or taken advantage of by other contractors on a remodeling project. This can make it even harder to start a remodeling project because you're just not sure of who you can trust these days. But here at KM BUILDERS, we can assure you we’ll be upfront and truthful from the start.


As a homeowner, it can be so hard to trust someone with the well being of your home. You do your research, you look up reviews, and you ask for recommendations from family and friends to find the best person possible to do your remodeling project. Here at KM BUILDERS, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the honest truth.

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Our team understands the concerns from homeowners as we know they have either heard of a bad remodeling experience or have had a bad remodeling experience themselves in the past. Our team also understands the risks that come with any remodeling project. But we work to assure each and every client that we come in contact with that we will only provide the truth about their project.

At KM BUILDERS, we employ a structured and well-oiled team that cares about each individual client to provide a well-rounded client experience. From the moment you call our front desk, the meeting with Keith, the consultation with our architect and design team, and all the way down to our project managers and trades crews we keep your best interest in mind. We only provide ideas and solutions that are unique to your project. We show you our costs, our profit, and our overhead so you know we’re completely transparent. We won't give you any false or fake information because we genuinely care about you and your home.

Here at KM BUILDERS, our team operates like a family, so we know the importance of family and we care about your family. So call us up at 2120-680-5626 for your honest visit from Keith Moehle and he’ll make sure we get the job done right.

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

WHAT DO YOU GET WITH AN EXACT QUOTE? by Keith Moehle

In the past, we have talked about the extreme value of exact quotes vs. free estimates because the entire idea of a free estimate is misleading and a guess at best. But today we are going to delve into what clients receive when they choose KM BUILDERS and get an exact quote!

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Knowing the exact price gives you peace of mind since you know there won't be any price discrepancies (bearing that no additional work is needed).

However, we do everything we can to prevent hidden costs through our processes. Our team will provide extensive research on your home as well as the potential project you're interested in.

After signing a design agreement with KM BUILDERS, the exact quote process begins. There will be at least three individuals that come to your home and take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours at your home for discovery and assessment. During this time we will be taking pictures and video footage, check the plumbing, looking at the breaker panel, open up the cabinets, etc. We find out everything about your home by the time we leave. That way, when we start crunching the numbers, we will be right on the money.

When it comes down to it, exact quotes provide you with the truth, and the truth is always worth it. The imaginary prices from other contractors sound appealing when they give you a "free estimate," but it's not the truth.

We have menu-based pricing, so after we quote you for the base level, you can work with our degreed designers to splurge on anything on your must-have list for your dream home. We are so transparent that we even show you our profit and overhead. You will have a difficult time finding a contractor who will go out of their way for the benefit of the client.

Skip the hassle that other contractors will put you through and call KM BUILDERS at 210-680-5626. We'll treat you right by giving you an exact price for every remodeling project!----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!