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Cost to Build

10 Details That Make a Home Expensive to Build

 When building your dream home, some elements make the home more expensive to build than others. Determining which aspects are worth the price for you and which aren’t will help you choose the right house plan for you and your … Continue reading

Be Careful With Deposits to Contractors

Deposits are typically needed when building a new home because of the rather large scope of work.  There can be significant costs for the contractor upfront including design, estimating, and material purchases.  So deposits are a necessary evil when building … Continue reading

Fixed Price vs. Cost-Plus Contracts

When it comes to hiring contractors, it’s very important to understand the contract options before signing any documents.  Two major types of contracts used today when building homes are fixed price contracts and cost-plus contracts.  For most new home projects, … Continue reading

Home Price Per Square Foot

It’s always fun to look through all of the house plans available to explore your options for building your new dream home.  But in order to really analyze your options, it’s important to get an idea of what the costs … Continue reading

Home Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

Building your dream home can be a once in a lifetime experience for many people.  Because of this it’s important to include all of the things you want to prevent costly remodels down the road.  But what if you aren’t … Continue reading

Why You Should Hire Yourself as Your Home’s General Contractor

An owner builder is someone who takes on the general contractor role when building their new home.  This option is becoming increasingly more popular as new resources become available to level the playing field for those wanting to take on … Continue reading

Don’t Let Lumber Drive Up the Price of Your New Home

One of the single, most expensive items that goes into a new home is the lumber package.  From subfloors to walls to roofs, a huge portion of the structure of each new home is made up of wood.  Because of … Continue reading