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December 2015

Building a Custom Dream Home: Advantages and Disadvantages

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Custom Dream Homes

To build or not to build?

Building your dream home could easily be the best decision you ever make, but it is a big commitment and should only be entered into after you’ve considered the advantages and disadvantages of building your own home: http://www.builddirect.com/blog/building-a-custom-dream-home-advantages-and-disadvantages/. At True Built Home, we work to make sure that the advantages of building always far outweigh the disadvantages for our customers: http://truebuilthome.com/.

8 Financial Mistakes to Avoid When Building a New Home

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When building your own home, you may be wary of making decisions – both small and large – that will cost you more money than you should be paying down the road. All of these pitfalls are common enough for first-time home buyers; avoid them and your wallet will thank you, as will your new home.

The first thing the budget-conscious home builder should consider is size. The average home is between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet: if you plan on going above this average, make sure you need the extra space enough to justify the extra cost. One way to keep yourself in check is to picture yourself in 10 years time. Will you still need that much space? If so, it’s worth the investment, but if not, consider downsizing before construction begins.

While you are contemplating the size of the house, before the final plans are set in stone, be sure to give consideration to your home’s potential resale value over time. Even if you plan on passing it down from generation to generation, remember that the future is never certain. Your best bet is to build a home worth investing in.

Be careful not to allow extra features that you don’t need to hike up your mortgage payment. However, it is also advisable not to sacrifice all amenities for a lower initial cost. Remember that you can always add to your home, but certain features, such as a full basement, cost much less to build with the home than to build years down the road. You will need to determine the proper balance that works for you between saving on the cost of the home now versus including amenities now which would be more costly to add later. But to be certain, you should never sacrifice structural integrity for a lower price.

By the time you begin the process of physically building the home, you should have built a strong trust bond with your contractor. That being said, you don’t want to go into this process blind; check in on the building process whenever possible and make sure you always know what is being done, when, and to what standard.  Remember that minor imperfections now can cost you thousands in the years to come.

Lastly, when building your home, keep in mind that not every aspect of your dream home is going to be practical. If you want to add something that is going to cost you dearly, or that your contractor advises against, it’s best to give it up. It will be your home for the years ahead, and you shouldn’t compromise your vision completely, but if something is impractical it may well be a waste of money.

U.S. News and World Report goes more in depth on how to save money when building a home here: http://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/8-financial-mistakes-to-avoid-when-building-a-new-home/.

One of the most important factors in the cost of your home is who you trust to build it. At True Built Home, we work with you to get you the best product for the most reasonable price. Visit us for more information at: http://truebuilthome.com/.

Build the House You Want (and Can Afford)

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Building a HomeFor many people, deciding to build a home for the first time may seem like a nearly impossible task. Don’t let the time commitment, money, or stressful decisions deter you, though; building a home is a wonderful process that results in something you can really call your own home, not a cookie-cutter replica of someone else’s. It is very possible to get the home you want at a good price if you follow these guidelines to the homebuilding process.

Before any work is done to the building, the first thing you need to do is make sure you and the builder are on the same page. Read your contract thoroughly; if there is something you don’t understand, have someone who does explain it to you. Even after the contract is signed, stay aware of everything that is happening and keep close track of every decision to add or subtract from the building plans.

The next thing you want to keep in mind is the cost of building. This may sound obvious, but it is easy to lose track of just how much money you are spending if you don’t pay close attention to your budget. Don’t over buy – spending money you may not have on features you may not need – but also don’t under buy. If you are planning on adding an extension to the house, remember that it will be less expensive to start now, before the home is built, than to add on later.

When it comes to building codes, your contractor should know them well and there shouldn’t be anything you have to worry about. That’s the ideal situation, anyway, but it isn’t always the case. Your contractor will have likely built many homes in many different areas, and may make mistakes that could cause you legal trouble down the road. Make sure you know what is and isn’t allowed by local and state codes and double check that everything is in accordance with building codes.

Lastly, when working with your contractor, remember to be flexible, diligent, and businesslike. Your builder will know if something that you want for your home isn’t likely to be workable, or if it is going to be too costly. Often, you have to know where to find a compromise between your vision and your builder’s expertise.

As far as diligence goes, don’t be afraid of sounding redundant or overly concerned – if you think there is a problem, address it with your contractor. You are going to live in this home for many years to come, and it’s better to be sure of what is happening than to be in the dark until it is too late. When you do address your contractor, however, be sure to remain businesslike in the way you speak and the way you carry yourself.

For more tips on how to go about building a home, as well as what questions to ask during the process, read this article from About Home on the subject: http://architecture.about.com/od/buildyourhouse/a/buildyourhome.htm.
At True Built Home, we are committed to giving each and every customer the best experience possible, as well as the best home. Our homes are efficient, economical, and sustainable: the perfect place to create a lifetime of memories. Visit us to learn more about how we can help you build your dream home at: http://truebuilthome.com/.

Riverfront Park Ice Palace

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Visit the Riverfront Park Ice Palace!

Among the many attractions of Riverfront Park in Spokane is the seasonal Ice Palace, a perfect destination for kids and adults looking for a fun way to spend a winter afternoon. Don’t know how to skate? No problem: lessons are available if you need them. More information at: https://my.spokanecity.org/riverfrontpark/attractions/ice-palace/. Riverfront Park is one of those local wonders that make a city truly feel like a home. True Built Home has built many homes in Spokane: http://truebuilthome.com/.

A Step by Step Guide to the Home Building Process

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The 10 Steps to Homebuilding

How a home is made

A lot of customers new to the home building process don’t know what to expect of the months ahead. It’s important to know what you’re getting into before you take the plunge and decide to build a home. Check out this article on how a home is built: http://www.newhomesource.com/resourcecenter/articles/a-step-by-step-guide-to-the-home-building-process. At True Built Home, we guide you through every step of the process to ensure that the home you get is the best home for you: http://truebuilthome.com/.