Many times I am asked by customers as to the best time of year to remodel. My answer is usually a simple one:
Whenever she wants you to.
All kidding aside (not really), the best answer I can give is “it depends”. And what I mean by that is it depends on the type of project, the part of the country you live in, and quite frankly your tolerance for mess, and sensitivity to the aromas of construction (not mine of course, but paint etc…) Continue reading
This question is one that many of my customers ask me when beginning a new home building project. My answer is typically…. “yes”.
A vague answer? You bet. But much like ordering dinner at a restaurant, the answer to what type of home you should build often comes down to what you like, the size of your appetite and frankly the depth of your pockets.
Personally and as a builder, I prefer the ranch home, but let me give you some pros and cons of each to help you decide which is best for you.
Good question, and frankly one that a lot of people enamored with the idea of a custom home fail to give the proper amount of attention before diving into finding land and surfing online for home plans.
While I have written about the benefits and advantages of building your own home, the area of financing that dream home, requires some careful research and preparation. Therefore, in the coming week, I will be preparing a four-part series on financing your dream home. From finding and financing the land to negotiating a mortgage. The internet is full of lots of useful information on this topic, but my goal will be to keep it simple and straightforward and in manageable sections. Financing a your new custom home should not be something you are afraid of. With the information and advice I give you in the coming posts, you will be armed with the information you need to make the process as smooth as possible. Stay tuned…
I’d like to talk about a subject that everyone looking for a new home is very interested in: saving money. The government is making saving money easier by offering a host of different tax incentives for new home buyers or even those doing a simple remodel. The incentives come in many shapes and sizes such as windows/door tax incentives, appliance tax incentives, first time home buyer and existing home owner tax incentives.
Identifying the incentives you qualify for, and can take advantage of, is a daunting task. But hey, these tax incentives are dollars that the Feds, and manufactures are willing to give us. Let me repeat that… “dollars that the Fed and manufacturers want to GIVE us. Sounds nice right? It’s weird to hear of program that actually helps the average working man or woman. So its time to get your money back. Buy that new home and with these incentives you could take about ten grand off the top of the asking price.
It all started back at the age of five when my father gave me my first hammer and a bucket of nails… from that point on it was a love of building.
Since opening the doors to my own construction company at the age of twenty, I have worked on hundreds of homes and commercial buildings. Taking on this trade was a pivotal moment in my life and boy was it the correct one! Over the past 20 years, my career in home building has been tremendously successful and enabled me to not only make a good living, but to help people from all walks of life have the home of their dreams.
So now I want to give something back. And this blog is it. In my career, I have found that knowledge is power, and my experience has shown that an educated customer is the best customer. But more often than not, most customers do not have the basic information they need to make sound decisions about building or buying a custom home. Just knowing the right questions to ask is critical. With this blog I hope to share with you, the unbiased, and unvarnished truth about home building.