Why should I consult a builder prior to purchasing a lot?
Consulting a builder prior to purchasing a lot is very important for the following reasons:
Poor lot selection can greatly increase the price of the home due to expensive lot prep costs.
A consult ensures the proposed residence will fit on the property, given set back requirements and possible easements.
A consult ensures that the lot slopes in the correct direction and slopes enough to allow for a basement, or conversely, the lot is conducive to a single level home, without incurring extensive costs.
Why should I thoroughly vet my builder?
Clingan Homes realizes a home will probably be the largest purchase a customer will make, and we think building should be a fun and pleasant experience.
Making sure your builder is financially stable, experienced, and highly knowledgeable helps to create a pleasant experience, as does a long history of satisfied customers.
Why is price per square foot not an accurate indicator of cost to build?
Several variables enter into the cost per square foot equation.
The quality of materials used is a huge variable. For instance, although solid wood decking can cost $3,000 more than OSB board, it will last the life of the home. Vinyl clad wood windows from a reputable window manufacturer will increase the cost per square foot (over utilizing cheap vinyl windows).
Another variable lies in building a single level home vs. building a basement home. Dividing a larger square footage number into the cost will result in a lower cost per square foot.
How long will it take to build my new home?
The average time to complete a single story 2,500 square foot home is usually 7 months. A basement home can typically take 8-9 months. Significant weather events can also impact these completion times.