Tips on How to Save When Building a Home

Tips on How to Save When Building a HomeAs much as you want a perfect new home for you and your family, the process of building one can be very exhausting and costly. Whether buying a lot and constructing a home from scratch or remodeling an old house and making it look brand new, here are some tips on how to save when building a home.

  • Buy a large lot with a friend or family member that can be split into two smaller lots. Some of the most appealing properties may be much larger than what you want or can afford, yet the seller may not be willing to break up a large parcel
  • Buy low-maintenance building materials — vinyl siding and metal roofing, for example. Even if they are somewhat more expensive at installation, they will pay for themselves in the long run as you won’t have to repair, replace, or repaint.
  • Consider a so-called problem lot — a hillside, narrow, or in-fill property which aren’t as desirable so they may sell for very cheap. With the right plan and a capable contractor, however, a potentially difficult lot might be perfect for your new home.
  • Collect salvaged materials from demolition sites. Old barnwood, used bricks, and distinctive wood doors add inexpensive character to a home without exorbitant cost.
  • Avoid change orders — the changes in materials or blueprints that invariably occur in the midst of the building process. Not only do change orders cost more money, they add considerable time and frustration to the building process.

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