Tips & Advice
How long does it take to build a house?
The time it takes to build a house varies, with the average time of the construction being 6-7 months from the time the permits are approved. If a customer chooses a personalized production home in a development, the construction phase can take only 4-5 months.
Custom homes take longer, for a few reasons: before the permits are approved, the custom design, floor plans and pre-construction process has to be complete, and this alone can take a few months. Getting financing and choosing a contractor can also add time to the process.
All home builds can be delayed due to weather, permit and inspection delays, waiting on construction material supplies, and disagreements between homeowner and contractor on design details.
Is it cheaper to build rather than buy a house?
It is not easy to figure out whether it’s cheaper to build a new house rather than buy. Industry reports show that the final price of a new construction home is significantly higher than buying an existing home. However, this isn’t necessarily an accurate side-by-side comparison, since new builds tend to be larger, more energy efficient, and more customized in terms of features and materials. Pre-existing homes will often end up requiring significant repairs, and ongoing upkeep.
What is a general contractor?
A general contractor is a company or individual that oversees an entire construction process and is responsible for pulling permits, liaising with inspectors, hiring subcontractors, working with homeowners and designers, and handling day-to-day oversight on the construction site.
How much does it cost to build a new house?
The cost to build a new house varies widely and is affected by many factors including the market, the specific location, the size of the house, what kinds of materials will be used, and what kinds of special features will go into the house. To get a better idea for price of new homes, start by researching comparable new builds in the area and neighborhood you’re interested in buying. Speak with architects and builders in your area. Also, read local blogs and trade websites. In general, the cost per square foot of a new development is $150.
How to choose a home builder
Choose a home builder based on their reputation for quality work, their style (it should match what you want in a home), their price, how busy they are, and how well they listen to and understand your needs. Take lots of time to research and interview. Read plenty of articles and profiles, ask people you trust for their recommendations, and ask your potential builders as many questions as you need to before committing. This is a major decision and above all you should not feel rushed or boxed into a decision.
Are portable toilets required on job sites?
Depending on the job site, portable toilets can be required. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) demands that construction sites, or mobile crews, with a minimum of 20 workers, must have access to a minimum of one toilet on or near the work site. That number goes up from there with additional workers. What about toilets designated for male and female? As long as the toilet provides privacy, the single-occupant portable meets that requirement.
Some portable toilets do indeed flush, and the ones that do are called fancy. Basic, single-occupant portables have a holding tank, as you probably have seen if you have ever used one, that eliminate flushing. The waste drops directly in. There are flushing units that have toilets that flush by using water held in a hidden reservoir inside the unit, as opposed to being hooked up to a water line like your bathroom at home. Larger portables even have sinks with water access, meaning more water reservoirs to handle the additional need.
How is portable toilet waste disposed?
Once the waste inside a portable toilet’s holding tank is removed, it is disposed of at a designated waste water treatment plant, or any designated waste treatment and disposal sight. Fear not; if you are renting a portable toilet, you do not have to worry about waste disposal, as it will be up to the rental company to handle that. They have vehicles that siphon the tank dry and take the waste to the appropriate sites.
What is the blue liquid in portable toilets?
That blue chemical inside the portable toilet tank is a chemical used to break down the solid waste, mask the odors, and kill germs. Traditionally this chemical is formaldehyde-based, but, as many states outlaw its use in portable toilets, companies are turning to a more green approach to the chemicals. Enzymes can be used to eat the odor-causing bacteria, and biological additives are used to speed up the decomposition of organic matter and toilet paper.
How much does it cost to rent a portable toilet?
The cost to rent a portable toilet will depend on the type of toilet you want. They range from the most basic to elaborate set-ups with multiple stalls, sinks, and more. Rental rates for a basic toilet also vary on the length of the rental, which means short-term rentals, like daily rates for a backyard party or event, will cost more than the rental for a two-month long construction site. Daily rentals on basic toilets can start at $150- $200. Prices escalate with the larger toilets. Seasonal rates can also be a factor. With all the variables involved, the best way to get an accurate quote is to ask.