31 Steps to Building Your Dream Home

By |2019-04-19T18:57:00-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Though building a custom home is exciting, it also often causes some trepidation.  In fact, a common concern we hear from families in the market for a new home is that they are worried about the home building process. Generally, worries, concerns, and/or fears arise from not knowing what is involved with the ground-up approach [...]

The Cost to Build a House: Series Round-Up

By |2019-04-09T16:45:21-04:00April 11th, 2019|

When considering building a custom home, the cost to build a house is forefront in clients' minds.  Initial inquiries often include questions such as, "What is your price per square foot" and "How much is the builder's fee?"  Because Elements believes in transparent communication, I have written eight articles, covering various aspects of the cost [...]

The Cost to Build a House: More than just money

By |2019-04-04T16:10:21-04:00April 8th, 2019|

The cost to build a house is an extremely important consideration when deciding to build a custom home.  So important, in fact, that this is the eighth article I've written on the subject.  The previous seven, however, considered the cost to build a house in terms of money.  While the bottom-line in terms of dollars [...]

The Cost to Build a House: The Importance of Good Plans

By |2019-04-04T16:08:05-04:00April 4th, 2019|

When building a custom home, not only is cost an important consideration, but time as well.  Most (dare I say, all) clients have a targeted move-in date.  Of course, this is understandable, as coordinating selling a current house, packing, and moving into a new home takes a lot of scheduling.  In the zeal to begin [...]

The Cost to Build a House: The Price of Land or Lot

By |2019-03-27T16:57:10-04:00March 27th, 2019|

The location of your custom home is no doubt very important.  Many amenities can be upgraded in the future.  For example, if you decide that you don’t like a paint color or want a nicer light fixture, you can alter those details.  The placement of your home, however, cannot be changed.  Because of this, purchasing [...]

The Cost to Build a House: The Builder’s Fee

By |2019-03-26T10:03:06-04:00March 20th, 2019|

Whether already built or going to build, when you purchase a brand-new, never-been-lived-in home, you will pay a builder's fee.  If the home is already built, the question about how much the builder will be paid is often not a concern.  This makes sense because the customer knows the price of the home, which is [...]

The Cost to Build a House: The Price of Change Orders

By |2019-03-21T18:59:51-04:00March 14th, 2019|

Once you've approved the floor plans and materials selections, custom home builders will charge for change orders.  Why?  Because changes cost time, slowing the project.  Often, they also cost money, requiring completed work to be re-done and/or more expensive materials to be purchased.  One simple way to avoid the price of change orders is good [...]

The Cost to Build a House: How Size and Features Affect Price per Square Foot

By |2019-03-11T10:46:13-04:00March 11th, 2019|

When building a new home, budget is an important consideration.  Homeowners want assurance that the builder they hire is cost-conscious and will not over-charge to construct their house.  Because of this, potential clients often ask how much builders charge per square foot to build a custom home.  Although this seems like a simple question, it [...]

How to Find and Buy Land: Step 5 – Close on the Land

By |2019-02-28T15:38:09-04:00February 5th, 2019|

After all your hard work—finding and evaluating the property, plus negotiating the deal—it’s finally time to close on the land!  Well, almost… Step 5: Close on the Land Before you close on the land, there are several important steps that must take place.  They are as follows: Secure the actual land or construction loan, and [...]