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.
Can siding be put over stucco?
Siding can absolutely be installed over a stucco wall, provided you prep is properly first. If the stucco has any cracks, you will need to fill them with the appropriate filler. If you want to place siding directly over a stucco wall, you will need to sand the surface down to flat, as stucco walls have a texture and contour to them. If you do not want to remove the stucco surface, you can use furring strips, which are thin strips of wood that are used to provide a stable surface to attach the siding.
What causes siding to warp?
The most common cause of warping in siding is moisture, humidity, and heat. Heat can cause manufactured products, like vinyl, to expand and shrink, so don’t park the barbecue too close. Prolonged sun exposure can cause sagging. If vinyl siding is attached too tightly to the house, with no flexibility, it can contribute to warping. Moisture and humidity can cause wood to expand and contract. Strong sealants are used that prevent this, but eventually wood will deteriorate and sealants fade, so you need to be diligent about proper care and maintenance.
Can vinyl siding be recycled?
Because of its chemical make-up, vinyl siding is ideal for recycling. Most vinyl siding consists of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is a plastic that can easily be recycled into a variety of different products. Be sure to take your old siding to an authorized recycling center.
How should vinyl siding be cleaned?
Cleaning your vinyl can be a fun and rewarding project. First, start with an appropriate cleaning solution. Bleach and a powdered detergent blend are great for cleaning off grease and grime. Vinegar and water make a great cleaning solution for removing mold and mildew. If you have a pressure washer, it makes the job a lot easier. If you don’t, use a cloth or bristled brush to scrub the area with the appropriate solution. Be sure to use gloves, be in a ventilated area while preparing it, and consider eye protection when using any chemicals. You can use most standard cleaning solutions to clean your vinyl, but always check the product for limitations and recommendations. There are a ton of informational videos available online to help you out.
Can house siding be painted?
Your house siding can absolutely be painted. Vinyl, steel, aluminum, wood, stucco and cement fiber siding are all designed to be painted. Check the limitations of your siding, and any applicable warranties before painting, to understand the specifics. Painting is the perfect way to spruce up dull or faded siding, or just for a refreshing update.