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.
Does a flooring contractor need to be licensed?
In most states, contractors are required to have a license before taking a job. Some states also require registration. To be licensed, contractors must pass an exam and meet certain qualifications that prove he or she is a competent flooring contractor. Registration is simply a list of who will be performing a job.
How long does a typical flooring installation take?
The time it takes to install flooring depends on the type of flooring and the size of the room or rooms involved in the project. In one day, a typical contractor can usually install up to 2,000 square feet of carpet, 600 square feet of hardwood or laminate, or 400 square feet of tile or stone.
What are questions to ask when choosing a flooring contractor?
- Do you have a professional license, insurance, and a business liability policy?
- Who will work on the project?
- Do you subcontract, and do you screen workers and have insurance policies to cover them?
- Do you have references or examples of your work I can see?
- Do you charge for an in-home estimate?
- What type of flooring is best for my home in terms of architectural consistency, environmental influences (such as whether a certain type of flooring will be affected by humidity in my area), and durability?
Do flooring contractors need insurance?
Legally, insurance is not necessary, but it's a good idea for flooring contractors to have it. When hiring a flooring contractor, ask whether the business is insured. If it's not, consider that a red flag.
What information should a flooring contractor know about flooring options?
A flooring contractor should know the pros and cons of each flooring option. These might include pricing, time of installation, durability, and average lifespan of the material.