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While it has shown a few signs of recovery, the housing market will likely never reach its 2006-2007 heights again.
You can try to find an inexpensive marketplace where you can relocate (Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Dallas are a few of the cheapest housing markets as of 2013), but if moving’s not an option you can still save on your building costs by following a few key points:
1. Know What You Want
While you may have a basic idea of what you want your new home to look like and include, you may be missing key elements if you don’t do your homework. By visiting model homes, open houses, and looking through home books, you can put together exactly what you want your new house to look like — and possibly save money on costly renovations later.
2. Find the Right Contractor
This step is crucial. Hiring the wrong contractor can be a total nightmare; you could face building delays, improperly installed wiring or plumbing, or permit problems if the builder tries to cut corners.
Take your time when looking for a contractor; shop around and be sure to get references. Once you’ve got two or three potential candidates, check out some of the homes they’ve already built. And don’t rely on any verbal agreements for what you want your contractor to do — get everything in writing.
3. Shop Around for Materials and Fixtures
Shop around to find the best deals on materials and fixtures for your new home. Don’t forget to check out online shops that offer free shipping — things such as light fixtures, sinks and faucets, and cabinet hardware can be much cheaper online than in your local store.
You may also be able to find an online wholesaler to source items such as doors and cabinets; with the right source, you can save thousands of dollars over local retailers. And, if you do decide to purchase locally, look for sales and coupons before you buy items such as windows, flooring, and gutter guards.
4. DIY (With Caution)
If you or a helpful family member or friend has the skills, you can save on labor costs by doing some of the work on your new house yourself. From tiling a shower to installing siding, cabinets, and flooring, you can cut down on the labor hours you have to pay your contractor.
5. Build for Energy Efficiency
Energy-efficient windows and insulation can net you some tax credits, which can help offset the costs of building your new home. They also cut down on your energy costs, making them a great short- and long-term savings investment.
Consider installing a geothermal unit instead of a classic furnace; these units cost more upfront to install, but pay off on your energy bill over time. A geothermal unit may also qualify you for an energy efficiency tax credit. Geothermal units also produce huge energy savings — between 30% and 70% on heating, and between 20% and 50% in cooling.
While building a new home can be a stressful and expensive undertaking, by following these guidelines you can help save yourself money — and headaches.
About the Author: Angie Mansfield writes about a number of home improvement topics, including gutter guards.
when comparing the residential area an average apartment is not as wide as ordinary houses, but by no means clean and easily overlooked kerapiannya. For those of you who live in apartments of course want a convenient, healthy and elegant. these tips to get the atmosphere of the apartment is clean, neat, stylish and did not seem narrow. These tips on design of Italian architect Tim Carola Vannini. And What should be noticed in the arrangement of the house?
Room openings as wide as possible
Note the color of the interior
Connecting room accents
Harmonization of space