Friday, February 10, 2012

Building on a budget

One of the more frequent comments I hear is “we could never afford to build.”   When I probe a little deeper, the real concern is revealed.  The construction budget is unrealistic.  Everyone has heard a horror story about how it cost way more to build the home of their dreams than originally planned.  This all too common scenario is more a reflection on the builder than the owner.

It doesn’t really matter if you are spending Two Hundred Thousand or Two Million dollars.  There will be decisions to make and choices about finishes and products.  Hire a builder that is willing to help you find the appropriate products for your project.  There should be value in the products chosen.  Require that you receive written specifications of all products prior to signing a construction contract.  This will hep ensure your budget becomes reality.

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