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Dan's Construction and Repair Blog

Hello! My name is Dan and this is my construction and repair blog. I don't work in the industry myself, I have recently used a lot of different contractors during the construction of my home. Construction contractors used machinery to dig and lay the foundations for my home before the walls and trusses where installed. A roofing company installed a metal roof and contractors installed plumbing and electrical utilities. I was very impressed with the results and I learnt lots of cool things during the completion of this project. This blog contains information which will be useful to other people who plan to work with construction contractors.

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3 Factors for Beginners to Consider Before Building a New Home

It is a well-known fact that a new home project starts way before the actual construction begins. Because such a project will require many resources concerning money, labor, and time, you should be mindful of a few factors needed to fulfill the dream of a new home. Here are some useful tips for individuals who wish to construct new homes.

Compare the Cost of Construction -- It is not realistic to determine the exact cost of a new home project. However, you can use several techniques to arrive at a rough cost estimate that can be compared with the value that is determined by your home-builder. First, you need to divide the total cost of the project provided by your contractor by the size of the project (in square feet). After determining the price per square foot, you should then go ahead and compare your project to similar homes that have been recently constructed in your neighborhood. The next step is to subtract the cost of land from that of the newly built homes to derive the total value of construction, which you will then divide by the square footage of your project. Do this comparison using a few houses to know if the builder's estimate is fair and competitive in the current construction market.

Consider Being Hands-on -- Since building your dream home is an expensive affair that needs active participation, you need to dedicate time to be on site as often as possible. You want the builder or contractor to follow the architect or engineer's specifications to the letter. Therefore, being on the ground allows you to know how each dollar of your investment is being spent as the project comes along. Besides, there is nothing more refreshing and fulfilling than witnessing every step of the project as this is akin to seeing your child go through the significant milestones in life.

Save as Much as Possible -- In a construction project, things do not always go according to the original plan. Some adjustments to the home plan can cause the cost of the project to go over the roof. Furthermore, you might come up with new insights as the project takes shape, for example, new door designs or installation of antique kitchen fittings. Therefore, you must strike a balance between accomplishing your vision and sticking to your budget. You don't want the project to stall midway or risk going flat broke when your home is complete. The best way of saving on materials and home fittings is to research for best deals both locally and online. Compare the prices of items required for the home project before the actual construction begins.