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Sticks and Stones Build Your Home
When you’re looking at a new home most buyers are mesmerized by cosmetic charm. Homes are staged, lights sparkle, and builders want you to be dazzled. Beyond a gorgeous kitchen, generous open spaces, there is a lot of what you don’t see. Energy ratings and Green Building are major components of your new home. You’ll want to spend some time to understand the process, and why it is so special to build right now.
While you’re dreaming over the kitchen, the bonus room, and the massive family room, the builder has a set of plans, a list of features, contractors, and a timeline. He will give you a general outline of the process, but most buyers erase that conversation from memory, and get frustrated if there is any glitch or delay. Building takes anywhere from 90 to 180 days depending on the time of year, weather, delivery of materials, availability of labor, and if you make changes. The most frequent delays are caused by buyers making changes after a project is completed, and it has to be redone. Your builder might have a ‘no change’ bonus to keep everyone on track.
Assuming that the master plan has been approved by the city, ... more

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