Wednesday, November 26, 2008


1. Find the right property for you.
2. Have the plains made that will be right for the lot. If you do not, it will cost you a lot more trying to put the wrong house on the lot.
3. Have your financing in place ahead of time, be pre-approved.
4. Check out the contractor, are they licenced? Do they have complaints against them with the better business burrow? Get references and check them out. If you do not fallow though, It could cost you a lot - maybe more than money.
5. Make sure that the blue prints of your house plans are all worked out.
6. This is something that will help you stay on time and on budget. Have things picked out ahead of time. What will the out side be made out of, the color. Each and every room needs to have every thing picked out before hand. If this is done you will know what things will cost, what it will look like. You can look for bargains. Think of materials that might be less expensive, but more durable and easy to keep up. For example in the bathroom choose: the toilet, tub, sink, lighting, what is going on the wall and the colors, floor covering, electrical covers (light switches), window treatment, shower curtain, tiles, faucets, crown molding,base boards. Pick every thing from floor to ceiling.
7. Think about how it will be to maintained it. How much will it coast over the years to keep it maintained? Could a different choice be less expensive to maintain?
8. Is it easy to clean? For example: windows, can you clean them from the inside?
9. How energy efficient is your house going to be? This can cost you a lot of money over the years if the house is not energy efficient. What one would you rather have? One that saves you money over the years or one that does not.
10. YOU pay the subcontractors that way you know that it gets done and have the receipts. You do not want to pay twice. ( If the contractor is paid and is to pay the subcontractors,but does not pay them. Then you are the one that has to pay again or the subcontractor can put a lean on your house. That coasts you a lot.)
11. PLAN, PLAN,PLAN, the more you have planned ahead of time the less problems you are likely to have later.
12. Getting the house finished on time and on budget is your goal. It helps the pocket book as well. That is where the planing comes in. You get what you want for the price that you want. The bank likes it better also.

Copyright 2008 Dan and Deanna Finlinson

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