Thinking About A Custom Home? 5 Ways To Save Money Before Digging

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Building a custom home can easily become a budget-buster. Between the planning costs, labor, materials, and the desire to have the home you really want (rather than what you can settle for), expenses can skyrocket quickly. But, with a little creative planning, you can help keep those costs in check before you even break ground. Here are a few tips to get you started on your new home.

Consider "Problem" Lots. Lots that have some less-than-desirable qualities can go for thousands of dollars less than similar -- but prime -- lots. Such "problem" spaces might include slopes or hills, narrow lots or in-fill properties. With some creative planning and a good contractor, you can both save money and still create a beautiful home that fits it perfectly.

Look at Other Homes. Before deciding what you want your own home to look like, visit a lot of other ones. Why? Because experiencing things like room layouts, appliances, colors, textures, and materials in person may change how you feel about what you want. It's best to make these realizations and decisions long before any work has begun, so spend some time driving around looking at homes both new and old -- and noting what works for you and what doesn't.

Avoid Changing. Once the process of building has begun, changing your mind can be a costly event. Change orders -- things that alter the materials being bought or the labor involved -- are usually more expensive if done while work is going on. For this reason, be sure you have all your decisions well-planned before you give the contractor the go-ahead.

Choose Low Maintenance Materials. While fancy building materials (like granite or quartz) might seem like a good idea when you see them in the showroom, opting for sturdier versions that require less upkeep will save you time and money for years down the road.

Decide What You Can Do. You may be able to save some money if you can put some "sweat equity" into your home. Can you do things like flooring, landscaping, or enclosing a garage, for example? If not, can you talk family or friends into helping with the project? Alternatively, see if your contractor will agree to let you purchase some materials at your own cost -- so that you can seek out deals online, in wholesale, or even among friends. Anything you can realistically do on your own can save a ton of money.

By thinking outside the box during the planning process and avoiding unnecessary changes, you can help design and build the best custom home for your family... without breaking the bank. For more information, talk to a professional like All Phase Building Concepts.

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31 August 2016

Home Repair Tips for the Novice

When I bought my first home, I was terribly inexperienced when it came to maintaining it. It seemed as if something was always broken. After spending a weekend battling with my oven, I decided that I enough was enough. I started reading everything I could about things related to the home. By the end of my research, I still could not fix my plumbing, but I could look knowledgeable as the plumber explained what was wrong. In an effort to help others avoid the tedious task of reading book after book about plumbing and appliance repairs, I started this blog. Hopefully, this information will save someone from a weekend spent wrestling with their own appliances.