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Bidding out your project is like shopping on Black Friday.  It’s important to…Know what you want…Never take the first price…Compare apples to apples.  That’s it.  You’re welcome.  But seriously, using good technique when bidding out your home activities to contractors can save you thousands of dollars.  Whether you are building a home from the ground [...]

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If you’re like me, you like to shop several stores before giving up your hard earned cash to buy something.  Besides shopping around, I also look for alternatives for getting the job done more efficiently.  We work too hard for our money to just throw it away.  It’s good to apply this same type of [...]

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We are proud to announce that we’ve just published a new e-book, Building a Home:  A Step by Step Guide.  This resource combines all of the articles from our blog series, How to Build a Home, into one neat package. From choosing a lot and obtaining a construction loan through all of the phases of [...]

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ArmchairBuilder.com regularly shares builder tips and secrets for those that want to take on the general contractor role for their own new home. Today we want to share with you some owner builder success stories to show how real people are making their dream a reality. So if you are one of those people that [...]

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Why would anyone in their right mind buy a perfectly good new home and start remodeling the day after closing?  Well, the truth is, it happens all the time.  The reasons for tear outs in new homes run the gamut from the desired product not being offered to builder option prices being too high.  Let’s [...]

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Creating a home that’s energy efficient helps the environment as well as your wallet.  Whether you’re looking to improve the efficiency of your existing home or want to build an energy efficient new home, there are so many options available.  Here’s a look at the best Armchair Builder articles covering energy saving ideas for your [...]

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Freezing temperatures add another layer of complexity and cost to your building projects.  In our last article, Cold Weather Construction Considerations, we discussed how building a home in the winter can really affect your budget.  For those of you who’ve decided to proceed in the cold anyway, we’ve put together some pro builder tips to [...]

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Building your own home as an owner builder can help you achieve tremendous cost savings.  From pocketing the general contractor’s markup to doing some of the actual labor yourself, this project has huge money saving potential.  Having friends help with your new build can also add to your cost savings.  But just because your friend [...]

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When you’re buying land to build your future dream home on, it’s extremely important to do some due diligence prior to finalizing the deal.  From zoning to soil checks, a little extra work performed upfront can save you tens of thousands of dollars and a bunch of headaches.  I drove by a new custom home [...]

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Tile Floor Installation Cost

The other day I was asked by a family member to help get a tile floor installation cost for a sunroom.  Actually, the request was to review the pricing already obtained for the project.  The process reinforced just how important it is to get at least three detailed bids for any work you are having [...]

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