Testimonials or Comments
Is it Buy Direct, or Costco?
You mentioned using a buying club to purchase a lot of your materials in order to save money. Can you give me some examples. Is it like Buy Direct, or Costco? Or something totally different.
Another question. Did you have to get a general contractors license in order to be the GC for the homes you have built? I will be building up a home up in Tennessee. I currently live in Orlando, FL but will be retiring on some land we bought above Chattanooga. Thanks,
You are correct, it was Direct Buy. We saved quite a lot with our cement, lumber, insulation, shingles and a number of other things using their buying power. Not being a contractor ourselves, we lacked that purchasing ability and we lacked cash to pay directly. As I stated, we did not get a general contractor's license. As long as you are not selling the house to someone else, (you live in it for 2 years), most states don't require one. But check your state's laws and requirements to be on the safe side.
Good Luck with your build in Tennessee!
I sure would like to know what country you live in. I have just discovered your site and we hope to be building or getting a ready to move house in the next couple of years.
You have a lot of interesting information here, I haven't even looked at half of it yet but was so excited I had to send this email to you.
Thank you for taking the time to set up this site and for sharing your experiences. Cristina D. fr Canada
Dear Cristina, Thanks for the nice comments. Our home is in Utah in the USA. I hope you have success with your new home. It took me about 6 months to gain the confidence and learn how to be the "general" so you've got plenty of time to learn about this. Regards, Linda
We recently had a fire in our house due to faulty wiring because of a DIY electrical job which was done before we bought the home. I can't agree with you more about the importance of having the wiring done by a professional. Thanks for your website. I love it. HG
Thanks for sharing your electrical experience with us. It's amazing how many people think they can DIY it when they don't know what they are doing. Our neighbors had a fire due to DIY repairs in their home. Put back together with "scotch tape and paper clips" approach! It took replacing ALL the electrical wiring and months before they could move back into their home.
You have a pretty nice website with a lot of good information about home building.
I wish to emulate your idea of building a series of homes, starting with small, then ramping up as much as I am comfortable on the succeeding homes.
Thank you for the information on your website. Chris.O.
Thanks for your comments. Lots of luck with your project. Be sure to get your estimate down so you don't under price yourself. With today's economy you can't be too safe. We chose to wait a few years for a rebound in the economy before continuing to build. Adding on to your home today might be a wise thing to consider.
Do you know where I can get a ready-made home build checklist? This will be my first time as a GC and I'm looking for a thorough list that will tell me what order tasks need to be done in as well as when to order certain materials so they arrive in time to install them (ie:windows).Thanks!TaniaG
my wife and i are planning to build and be the gc next year. your site is very helpful and informational, as i begin my research. i am interested in "cost estimates." approx. what did it cost you (beginning to end with all associated costs) to build your 1800sf house? thanks, tim
Dear Tim, Thanks for your interest and kind words. It's been five plus years now since we completed our building project, so our specific numbers wouldn't even be relevant for you. Suffice it to say that we paid for our land, city fees, various tools that RL used in finish carpentry and painting, our membership in the buying service, extra interest on the loan, plus all building materials and labor, among other things, ending up with a grand total of $192,000 in 2007. Today's economy (2012) should be different, so be cautious. Regards, Linda
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