Before you Build: 5 Steps to Building your New Home - Step 5, Obtain Estimate & Contract
26 Jun 2016 Russ Busa

The last step in preparing to build your custom home is to obtain a cost estimate and sign a contract. To find out what the average price is for a project, most homeowners opt to get at least three quotes from different builders. Bids are complicated and time consuming for the builder, so it is important to only request bids from companies with whom you have a good rapport, have heard good things about and are serious about doing business with. To get tight bids that you can really compare, you must have clear directions and a goal so each contractor is bidding on the same thing.You must compare apples with apples.

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Before you Build: 5 Steps to Building your New Home - Step 4, Create your Plan
20 Jun 2016 Russ Busa

When it comes time to develop the plan for a custom home, many of our clients come to us and ask – do I really need an architect? The answer is – probably. A custom-designed home is created specifically for the family who will live there. In most cases, custom-designed homes require the services of a licensed architect.

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Before you Build: 5 Steps to Building your New Home - Step 3, Choose Your Team
13 Jun 2016 Russ Busa

You'll need a team of experts to design and construct your house. Key players will include a builder, an excavator, a surveyor and a home designer or an architect. Many homeowners begin by selecting the builder or contractor. That professional then selects other members of the team. However, you may also opt to hire an architect or designer first (more on this in Step 4!).

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Before you Build: 5 Steps to Building your New Home - Step 2, Choose Your Lot
30 May 2016 Russ Busa

Last week we talked about the importance of planning your home building budget. This week we will dive into the next important step to building your new home: choosing your lot.

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