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Estimating Costs

How Much Will It Cost To Build?

One of the most important questions you will have is how much will this house plan cost to build. Along with StartBuild, a company that uses a state of the art estimator and an up-to-date list of current costs for materials and labor, we provide a helpful guide called a Cost to Build Report. This document determines the overall and detailed costs of building your specific house plan in your exact location.

A significant factor that has a large influence on building costs are the materials choices made by the customer. Options like granite counter tops, tile roofs, high-end windows, or more exotic hardwood flooring can dramatically change the cost per square foot to construct a home - sometimes by more than 100% over the initial estimate. StartBuild's Cost-to-Build Estimator allows you to see how much these changes will cost upfront - well before breaking ground - making cost overruns a thing of the past.

Once purchased for $29.95, StartBuild will send you an email with login credentials, giving you access to your personal Cost to Build estimate. You have 30 days to access and download this report.

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These features make the America's Best House Plans and StartBuild's Cost-to-Build Estimator the best estimating solution on the market:

Specific to each house plan: StartBuild begins their estimate with the plan you choose

Specific to the location of the potential home: Adjusts for regional differences in material and labor costs

Accurate and up-to-date material and labor costs: StartBuild's continuously updated database comes from bids from actual contractors and suppliers

Individually customizable: Calculate costs based on the options that you want in the home, not some predetermined configuration

Time to think it over and change your mind: Each estimate is available and modifiable for 30 days so you can reevaluate your options

No copy limitations: Print it out as many times as you want to

Continuously updated costs: Spot potential cost increases before they occur

Fast and convenient: Your personalized cost-to-build estimator will arrive only two business days after your order, along with online access to your budget

24-Hour availability: Your online budget is always just a click away

To acquire a report for your plan, look for the COST TO BUILD REPORT section on the plan detail page.