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.
How much do new window treatments cost?
The cost of new window treatment varies according to the material, the style the size of the windows, and how many windows need window treatments. The average cost of window treatments is $200-$500 including installation, but you can get inexpensive ones for less, or pay more than $2,000 for high-end window treatments.
There are many ways to clean blinds, but consensus is that blinds should be lowered all the way down, and dusted on both sides of the slats (with a dust cloth, feather duster or vacuum brush attachment). Then, gently spot-clean any soiled areas with a damp cloth and a tiny drop of soap. Only vinyl and metal blinds should be heavily wetted down, either with a hose or faucet. This will ruin other materials.
A solar shade is a window shade made with special fabric that is designed to block and reduce glare and infrared heat, but allow in light and preserve some sort of view. The amount of sunlight allowed in and the visibility through the blind depends on its “openness” level--determined by the tightness of the fabric’s weave.
A window shade is an opaque fabric (AKA cloth) mounted on a roller, that can be lifted up to allow in outside light and visibility, or rolled down to obscure light and visibility.
Types of window treatments
The most common window treatments which cover entire windows are blinds, curtains (interchangeable with drapes), shades and shutters. Valances, cornices, swags and cascades are decorative window treatments that only fit over a portion of the window.