Learn how you can build your own home
Have you dreamed of building your own home, but thought otherwise? There are many good reasons to build your own home, some of which are the amount of money you can save and you will have complete control.
Hiring a contractor to build your home is great – for the contractor. Did you know that they make, on average, about 25% of the total cost of your home? Imagine what you could do with that extra money. A general contractor is great at scheduling subcontractors, something that you could do easily. You do not need to know building code or have any building trade skills to build your own home.
Most houses or renovation projects are done by general contractors. They are responsible for obtaining the necessary permits, ordering materials, hiring subcontractors, and then coordinating it all. This is something that you can do yourself and save yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars. Organization is the key to getting things done and if you have any organizational skills, you can handle this job.
Let’s review a few things you will need to know and do in order to build your own home:
First, you will be building your home to live in, which in most states and locals does not require that you be licensed or bonded. Contact your local building inspector or building department and find out what their requirements are, most times you will just need to apply for the necessary building permits, and they are more than happy to help you with this task. Note that you most likely will need to have a set of blueprints for your home design. You should already have this from a professional architect.
After you have acquired all of the necessary permits and/or insurance, you can begin doing your research and start negotiating on your purchase of building materials and subcontractors. There is amble information available on the internet today regarding what steps you need to follow in building a home. You will also obtain valuable advice from the subcontractors you hire, regarding when they should begin their portion of the job.
Once you have everyone hired, you can set your schedule. Keep in mind that delays can happen. Most subcontractors understand this and can be somewhat fluid in their schedule, however, they have more than your job to complete. Keeping on schedule is probably one of the most important pieces of building your home.
As with most large projects, it is almost impossible to anticipate everything that may go wrong, and you will have a learning curve to get through in building your home, but the rewards of building your own home will far outweigh any stumbles along the way!