Lumber prices are going through the roof

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Why are home building costs going up?

Since April 2020, lumber prices across the United States have continued to skyrocket. Prices for the composite price of lumber has been rising to 150%, increasing the cost of a single-family home by more than $16,000 on average.

The price increase is due to a combination of factors. Many lumber mills reduced their production due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Then, an unanticipated increase in the demand for framing lumber caused a shortage of domestic lumber production. Finally, the extreme volatility in lumber prices has been exacerbated by continued tariffs on Canadian lumber imports, averaging more than 20%.

Back in February and March of 2020, the lumber industry projected that housing would be adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and the mills depleted their inventories. However, there was an increased demand for new homes, and the “mills weren’t prepared,” says MarketWatch in the article, “Lumber prices have skyrocketed — and that’s bad news for home buyers.” The situation is significant because, according to MarketWatch, framing lumber makes up at least 20% of the materials cost of building a home.

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke said that Senior Officers held talks with members of the White House National Economic Council (NEC) on Aug. 28 to discuss the impact that soaring lumber prices are having on the housing industry. “The White House is listening to us,” said Fowke. “They are moving and trying to get something done. They understand the importance of our industry.”

NAHB said that it will continue working on all fronts to find solutions that will ensure U.S. homebuilders have access to a stable supply of lumber at reasonable prices to keep housing affordable for hardworking American families. “The Senior Officers are working hard together to address these issues,” said Fowke. “This has become a top priority for myself and the staff at NAHB.”


The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) based their findings on any softwood lumber that goes into the average new home. This includes any softwood used in structural framing (including beams, joists, headers, rafters, and trusses), sheathing, flooring and underlayment, interior wall and ceiling finishing, cabinets, doors, windows, roofing, siding, soffit and fascia, and exterior features such as garages, porches, decks, railing, fences and landscape walls.

Along with this are softwood products of varying dimensions (including any that may be appearance grade or pressure treated for outdoor use), plywood, OSB, particleboard, fiberboard, shakes and shingles — any of the products sold by domestic sawmills and tracked on a weekly basis by Random Lengths. Beyond lumber, prices of several other building inputs continue to rise, and average delivery times for many are growing.

4 Alarming Trends Local Spokane Builders Are Getting Away With

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Homes are the single largest investments families across The United States make on a daily basis. However, to some builders, maximizing their profits are the driving force behind their motivation. This odd but scary fact is amplified when savvy clients do their due diligence, ask the right question and use common sense to avoid shady, cheap builders and choose a builder like True Built Home instead to build their future investment and the place they call home. So, where are some builders cutting corners to make higher margins on your hard-earned money?

  1. Rebar in the foundationRebar in the foundationIt might shock you to know that some very high profile on your lot builders in the Spokane area do not use rebar, for foundations that are 4 ft or shorter on their single story (Ramblers) homes in much of Eastern Washington. As one Spokane County plans examiner said, “I would not recommend that”, and neither do we. Typically, not using rebar can save a builder between $1,800-3,000 per home. Much of this is due to the seismic activity, or tectonic plates, large-scale movement of plates below the surface of the earth. In layman’s terms, we haven’t had many earthquakes so you don’t have to use rebar. However, even if the earth doesn’t move, load on a house, say in a corner, can put added force on a foundation causing cracks, sagging, and costly repairs in the future. ON BRAND NEW HOMES! Actually, cracks in concrete is natural and is to be anticipated. That’s where rebar comes in. The steel reinforces the concrete, holding it together, instead of it simply falling away. One of our foundation crew here in Spokane simply said, “I will never do a foundation for builder “X” because I don’t want the liability in the future”.
    • When visiting with a builder, you need to request actual proof that their foundation plans call out rebar in both the footing and stem walls.


  2. The frost lineWhat is a frost line? Here is a link for Spokane City and County. Essentially, due to the freezing conditions in Eastern Washington, code requires that a minimum of 24 inches in depth be cut before you can pour a foundation, unless otherwise stipulated (such as flood areas). The frost line – also known as frost depth or freezing depth – is most commonly the depth to which groundwater in the soil is expected to freeze. When water freezes under the ground it causes “Frost Heave”.Frost heaveThe diagram above warrants your attention, especially when a builder sets the start of the foundation right at the minimum requirement. Combine that with a lack of enough or any rebar in a foundation and you can understand why we said, “alarming” in our article.True Built Home in the Spokane area uses a 6″ x 12″ footing, steel-reinforced, with a 22-24″ stem wall. In total, your foundation wall will be 28-30″ in height (requiring that the excavation be dug normally 4-6″ inches deeper) compared to the builder who only has a combined total wall height of 24″, or the bare minimum. 24″ wall, no rebar, sleepless nights and the potential of costly repairs in the future should alarm you.


  3. Heating and cooling your homeSometime back, Washington adjusted the energy codes for all counties. As a result, they raised the bar for the efficiency of hot water tanks and heating/cooling (HVAC) of homes. In a nutshell, a builder is awarded credits for several different methods he chooses to reach the code in order to be issued a building permit. For example, the type of hot water tank, the thickness of insulation, heel trusses, HVAC products, and many others. So, the builder chooses how to achieve that method. When the code changed sometime back, we wrote an article about it. You can reference it here.Here’s the rub: 1 ductless unit will get the builder the same amount of credits as a full heat pump furnace package! So, why do some builders use an inferior approach to heating and cooling the entire home? Because it saves the builder thousands of dollars. Sure, if your home is 1,500 sq. ft. or smaller, these are great units and that’s what we use for our smaller homes. However, if you have a 2,000 sq. ft. two-story or rambler home and you want cooling in say the back-half of the home, or upstairs, be prepared to shell out thousands of dollars for an additional second or even a third ductless unit. True Built Home uses heat pumps and full furnaces in every branch in all homes 1,500 sq. ft. and above. On our ramblers, we run the venting in the ceilings of rooms. This keeps construction debris from accumulating, having the plenum in the attic allows for additional insulation value and not hanging it under the joist in the foundation crawlspace avoids any dampness due to flooding or bad weather.


  4. EngineeringEvery home that True Built Home builds has been engineered. What does that mean, and how do some builders say they do, but they are just bending words? Most homes built today have engineered scissors trusses. So, the factory, vendor, or supplier who builds those trusses sends a stamped set of plans of your truss package that have been engineered by the company who supplied the trusses. This applies to the floor system, or floor joist. They are required to create a plan of the joist and stamp the plan as engineered. However, what about the interior and exterior walls? What about the load on window and door headers? Some counties do not require it. As a result, a builder with a slick marketing machine can say tongue-in-cheek, “Our homes are engineered”, because the trusses and the joist are but, the final third of the home is not. In effect, they are saving themselves around $1,500-1,600 on a 2,500 sq.ft home. So, while they may be giving you triple pane windows (about $200 more for an entire home), they are holding back on what we consider causing sleepless nights as a builder and for a client.When homes are cheaper, there is a reason. If say, the homes are similar in price, but lacking critical items, such as rebar, engineering, or efficient means of heating and cooling your home, then why choose an inferior and fearful product for you and or your family? What would say happen if years after you built with builder “X” and it was reported that their homes are failing, and you wanted to sell it? It would be like what happened when the Louisiana Pacific siding failure happened and people with their siding packages were stuck trying to sell their home at a reduced price, or never selling the home, dealing with warranty, paperwork, scheduling, etc. As one person said, “the cheapest person always pays the most”.

    True Built Home has always built homes with the concept that we would live in our homes, worry free. Do your research. Be savvy. Ask hard questions and obtain proof. When you do, True Built Home will rise to the top of your home building choices.

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3 Great Outdoor Upgrades You Can Do to Your Brand-New Home

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Many people dream of becoming homeowners after a certain point in their lives. The beauty of having your own place is a unique experience which is irreplaceable in one’s life. This is something that anyone living on their own can gladly confirm.

However, you won’t ever find a flawless property. Just by watching a couple of shows with people picking out residences, you will realize that there’s always something you’re not happy with. If you’re in the market for buying a new house, keep in mind that there isn’t one that is perfect right off the bat.

Home Outdoor Upgrades

Even if your potential investment looks great on the inside, the outside might still need a bit of sprucing up. But don’t worry, because you can make it look even better with a few quick and easy upgrades. Here are the best three that you can try.

1.     Install Reflective Shingles

Working a bit on updating your new home’s roof is a great project that will not only make it look more aesthetically pleasing overall, but it will also raise the quality of your living condition. By installing a more effective roof temperature-wise, you will reduce up to fifteen percent in cooling and heating costs.

To do this, you will need reflective shingles which absorb solar radiation and immediately reemit the absorbed heat. And the best part is they come in a great variety of colors and finished to suit any design tastes and ideas that you might have.

One important thing to remember is that there are many complexities to building and upgrading a roof, so don’t be afraid to bring in professional assistance if needed. Furthermore, this special kind of solar tiles needs a particular amount of attention when put in, and a contractor can surely aid you with that.

2.     Light Up Your Front Porch

When your friends or parents visit your new home for the very first time, the porch and front door will be what they make an initial impression on. To ensure that your living space is cozy and comfortable for everyone, how you choose to light the entrance into it is crucial.

According to HGTV, the way your front porch and entrance are lit sets the tone of your entire residence. To make your home more inviting to any possible guests and yourself as well, you can add surface-mounted lanterns for more luminosity.

This improvement changes the face of your surroundings entirely, but it can also be an important security element. Some makes and models of porch lights come with integrated surveillance cameras that are so well hidden, possible intruders won’t even know they’re being watched.

3.     Plant a New Garden

A new garden changes the feel of your surroundings tremendously. Just imagine a varied array of flowers and trees just outside your window that greet you each morning and brighten up your day. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Depending on your budget and neighborhood of choice, your potential home might already have a garden. But chances are that it could do with some upgrading. Flower beds are the most convenient addition because you can pick and choose your elements freely and the process stays pretty much the same.

Another worthwhile idea is planting a rain garden to divert any excess water away from the house and to the plants that reside nearby. Not only is this an incredible eco-friendly landscaping option that will add to the area overall, but it can be put together with only native plants.


Upgrading your new residence’s exterior doesn’t have to be a costly or time-consuming endeavor. With just a few simple additions, you can change the feel and appearance of your surroundings completely. On top of that, these upgrades also serve more than just aesthetical purposes. They are functional and raise the value of your property on the market.

Reflective roofing looks great, but it also cuts down on cooling and heating costs for your house. New porch lights make the entire place more inviting, but they can also serve as an important security element and help you monitor your home. And finally, a small and cleverly positioned garden will help keep rain water away from the actual building and send it where it belongs.

Whatever upgrade you might choose, the best one must improve the area not only visually, but also functionally. Raising its effectiveness by making it look better at the same time is the best decision you can take.

Author Bio: A fresh Engineering Design graduate with a keen interest in all things DIY, Vincent West is the mastermind of He has worked on a handful of home improvement projects. And now he’s eager to spread the word on what he has learned.

Solar Tiles for Roofing – Wave of the Future, or is the Price Higher Than The Sun?

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First, if you are reading this you likely have an interest in roof tile solar energy, or you just crave all things solar. I, on the other hand, often force myself to write blog posts because I want to learn all I can about a particular subject, or for that matter learn to intelligently pronounce certain words within an industry, like photo-voltaic! Although fascinated with solar generated power, I am always “on the job training” all the time within this space. My goal is always to attempt to take complicated things and simplify them for myself and others. Let’s see what we can learn.

True Built Home started getting requests several months ago when news of solar tiles from a company named Solar City was bought out or purchased by Elon Musk’s company Tesla. Interestingly my perspective was, “I like the way those big solar panels appear on rooftops”. However, much to my surprise others felt differently: unsightly, ugly, even dangerous if a gale force wind comes along.
In a statement in October 2016, Mr. Musk said this, “I think there’s quite a radical difference between having solar panels on your roof that actually make your house look better versus ones that do not, I think it’s going to be a night-and-day difference”. Well, that has been addressed and it appears to be the wave of the future for new roofs and roof replacements. But, here’s the rub: cost.

It has been written and repeated over the internet in news articles, company releases, blog posts, and more, that these new roof tiles will cost less than a typical 30 yr. architectural roof product. Let’s just say that typically a roof for a 2,100-2,500 square foot home with a standard two-car garage costs about 10k to install. From what we have likely all read, this seems to be repeated about the cost, “Our roof costs less than an equivalent roof, with projected savings from your utility bill.” It’s important to notice the “with” in that statement. The Tesla folks are projecting future savings into the cost equivalent of having the new tiles placed – based upon your monthly electric bill cost. That may present a problem for many of us here in the Pacific NW, because we often have the cheapest rates in the country. I am not sure what cost per KW that they are using for their projections, so costs will vary quite a bit. Now since I have done my research, perhaps you can help: I have not found an actual cost associated with those tiles. If I had to figure it out, it would take me some time to do so. Are the tiles 30 or 50-year life? What will be the cost of installation be? Will someone need to be certified by Tesla to guarantee the product against future failure or problems? Can we afford it, and does it make sense for our PNW customers?

We are eager to install this type of roof, but as of May 2017 we still do not have a cost that we can use to compare with what a traditional roof costs. I do know that a regular panel solar roof can run around 20-30k depending on what you want to accomplish in your home. From my perspective, that is at least 3 to 4-times the cost of our typical conventional roof tile. So, what typically might cost 5% of a new home, now we are looking at significantly more.

With an estimated 4-5 million new home roofs being installed annually, Mr. Musk and Tesla want to tap into that market in a big way. Will they? The wave of the future is here, but will the cost of buying, installing, etc. be too costly for us to ride?

Hear what Mr. Musk has to say about roof tiles

This is a link to a local company that covers both Washington and Oregon, but I don’t think anyone as of May 2017 knows the cost of these solar tiles yet.

The Appraisal Process

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In the residential construction home business, one of the more trickier things to make sure sufficient funds are available for your project is the appraisal. Essentially, once a client orders their home and your custom home plans have been drawn up, we send the contract along with the blue prints to the lender. Of course the lender needs to place a value on the structure and the only way to do that is to get an appraiser to determine its value. This cost is passed along to you the client and it typically runs around $450-600. Depending on how busy things are in the real-estate world, appraisals can take up to 3 weeks.

Appraisers use a software program where values are placed on such things as square footage, sizes of garage space, quality of products, such as granite or Formica. Where you build is perhaps the largest contributing factor because they will pull values from other homes in the area that recently sold or were constructed. View lots, homes on acreage, existing structures, all play a role in determining worth of the project.

After the appraisal is completed, the lender will set in motion what is referred to in the business as “funding the project”. If the value of the project, cost of construction or acquisition cost is more than the appraised value, the client(s) will have to bring “money to the table” to cover the difference. If your appraised value is more than the acquisition cost, depending on how long you have owned the land, a down payment will be determined to fund the loan. Most construction loan programs that banks use take into consideration the length that you have been on title with the land; if over a year, known in the business as “seasoning”, you can obtain 100% financing. You will have to confirm of course if your lender offers this. If, though, you are negotiating on land, then banks offer different programs that will require as little down as 5% up to 20%. For the most part, rates are similar, but “closing cost” can often be different. Closing cost is margin that in essence means the cost of doing the business of getting the loan in place. Say a bank says they have a 3% closing cost. If your loan is $300,000 then it would equate to roughly $9,000 dollars. That money can be for the loan agent, but mostly it’s what the bank is making off the sale of the money it uses to loan to you. A strong word of caution here: when they say 3%, it does not always mean 3%. They still have junk fees. A junk fee might be “courier service”, “Administrative Services”, “Pen Use”… Not to be funny, but when you read some of the fees, you might want to chuckle to keep from crying. We did mention 3% closing cost but others can be 2% and some higher if your credit worthiness and or FICO scores are difficult. You might be able to negotiate some of the junk fees, but I have found it almost impossible to negotiate the closing cost fee unless it is for a large sum of money. At this point it’s time for a review:

Let’s reflect on what we have learned

  • Select a builder to build your home (True Built Home should be your logical choice)
  • Select the home you want
  • Order your home-processing payment from $2500-3500 will be required
  • Get your custom plans completed by our excellent design team-depending on work load and any changes you make it can take up to 2 weeks
  • At this point we can send the blueprints to the lender along with on the other important paper work for appraisal, 1-2 weeks. We also send the plans out to get engineering if needed-1-2 weeks
  • Once appraisal has been completed, the lender normally collects all the bids and estimates for the project and “runs” the numbers
  • Once engineering is done and all the financials look good, client submits for building permit
  • Once the permit is completed-4-6 weeks for most counties/city, you’ll want to call your local True Built Home Branch and request your pre-con meeting
  • You’ll want to bring all county/city paper work, along with your plans stamped from the county/city to the per-con meeting
  • Under normal construction times, we should be able to get a foundation crew to your site within 2 weeks. During especially busy times, it may take longer
  • The pre-con meeting finalizes all selection and any last-minute changes to standard or upgraded items
  • Depending on cost of the project and whether or not you own your land, a down payment maybe require to the lender to fund the project
  • True Built Home is given an escrow number and we verify funds are available. If you are a cash deal, we collect a percentage of the first payment at the pre-con meeting

Granted, all the above things are not “inspired”, it typically flows this way.

One of the fundamental things the owner of True Built Home, Lewis D Mann, wanted when he started the company was to impart as much knowledge about the products he puts in the homes; the process that True Built Home uses to construct their beautiful house and the transparency of the process to you. We hope you find this article informative.

For more information regarding appraisals, you might find this article interesting as well.

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Reflecting on the 2016 revised Washington State Energy Code

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As of July 1, 2016 all Washington State home builders are subject to new energy codes that have resulted in state-wide price increases. In a nutshell, builder receives credits when they use energy saving methods in the home construction process. In the past, the number of credits required for a medium dwelling unit (1501 – 5000 sf.) were 1.5 and could be met in a variety of methods. A hybrid hot water tank could get you 1.5 credits and it still can, but the state has moved the proverbial bar higher and now all builders have to get 3.5 credits for medium dwelling units. How we obtain those credits can be either good or bad for both builders and those desiring to build. How so? It’s imperative that you understand what you are building into your home and that the credits the builder is offering is economical for you, not just the builder. Adding these energy saving items is obviously good for you and the environment in the end. Will you have to purchase additional things for your home to make it comfortable? Let us explain.

Some builders are offering standard ductless units on all their homes to obtain 1.0 credit, and then obtaining the other 2.5 in a variety of means. Ductless units by-the-way were invented as demand for cheap A/C and heat were needed for older homes. It is minimally invasive because it literally is like a wall A/C unit that hung out of the window. They are in demand for retro-homes or remodels. Granted, for homes 1500 square feet and smaller, these units with one head for both heat and cooling may indeed be sufficient. We ourselves take this approach for all of our homes 1500 sf. and smaller. However, on a two story or a large rambler, if you want to get cooling and heat in all areas of the home, more heads are needed. Imagine while ordering your home from other builders and you are told that if you want sufficient cooling and heat in other areas of your 2,500 sf. home, you have to pay an additional $2-3-4k more!  Why would the builder offer the home in such a way? Because it’s their least expensive means to obtain the credits needed. This will put the client in an awkward position if you want even heating and cooling in the whole house. How so?  Because the builder will offer you an upgrade for extra heads for the ductless unit or offer the option/upgrade that True Built Home does standard-the furnace and heat pump! True Built Home has taken a completely different approach.

Ductless units have their place. However, on larger single-story homes and two-story homes, they make little sense. In this regard, True Built Home offers a high efficient electric furnace and heat pump system standard on all homes 1500 square feet and larger. This gives us 1.0 credit, just like a ductless unit, without the additional expense to the homeowner of adding more heads to sufficiently cool and heat the rest of the home. Let that sink in a bit. Because, when company personnel sit down to discuss these very things, some companies think, “how can we make more money”, while we always take the approach, “how can we add value to our homes”.

In the end, don’t be fooled by some who say that ductless are the “only” way to go. They indeed do have a purpose, but not when you have to pay more for some that could have simply been addressed the right way to begin with.

True Built Home – How we purpose to meet the new Washington Energy Codes

  1. High efficient electric furnace package along with high efficient heat pump system
  2. Low-flow Moen faucets-rated #1 JD Powers
  3. R38 under the floor
  4. LowE .28 windows
  5. Heat pump (hybrid) electric water heater

*Where natural gas can be substituted, an additional up-charge will apply for additional venting and piping.

9 Tips for Hassle-Free Home Construction

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Find out how to build your home with as little difficulty as possible!

If it’s your first time buying a custom built home, it can be difficult to know what to do. HGTV has compiled a list of 9 tips to guide you through the home buying process at: Whether this is your first or fifth home construction project, True Built Home is there to help you create your dream home.


How can True Built Home SAVE you thousands of dollars!

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I have 23,000 reason why you should build a True Built Home

When comparing home builders side by side, it can really be tough for you the buyer. Why? Because not all apples are built the same.

As an illustration, consider if you were buying a new car. Sure, it comes with wheels, engine and transmission. However, if it was say an automatic transmission instead of manual, leather seats instead of cloth, nice rims instead of hub caps, it becomes apparently clear that you are buying a nicer vehicle than the plain-jane. However, you should expect or demand that the cheaper car should also be priced cheaper right? If then you bought the cheaper car, but paid the same price as the nicer car then yahoo for the dealer, but shame on the consumer for not doing their homework.

It’s similar with our homes compared to others. For instance, I have shouted this from the roof tops, but it’s so important that I am going to stress it in another way. I am going to compare a top-selling floor plan by one of our major competitors to our top-selling home just to show you how much more money you are wasting by ordering my competitors house and THEN, explaining why we can build for less money with more quality features than builder “X”. After which if you choose to literally “throw your money away”, it’s on you.

Being discreet I will simply say one our largest competitor sells a home that is 2576 sqft, 2 car garage 2 bath in Washington for $158,900 or roughly 61.68 psf. We’ll compare that home to our best seller the Juniper Ridge which is 2527 sqft with two car garage 2.5 bath for $155,900 or 61.69 psf. nearly the same square footage price right? So you would think it should have pretty much the same features, correct? It’s important to compare apples to apples so you the consumer can have a clearer idea of what you are getting in your home or what you may want to add to get a nicer home. I am going to point out only where glaring differences exist. For starters let’s go to the foundation because, you should have noted that you already get an extra bathroom with our TBH house (about $3500);

Foundation – They have a 22’’ foundation, True Built Home (TBH) offers a 24’’ foundation. Why shorter? Obviously to save money. In addition, they do a hung joist floor where we do a rim joist floor. That essentially cost the builder more but the reason being is we need that extra space because we often run all the HVAC plenum under the house, but the real benefit is almost all clients want access to the crawl space for future use. They do not offer the electric furnace package standard, their standard heat source are wall units. So, between the two items mentioned here, you are looking at about a 10k dollar upgrade. Get out your wallet.

Next; their garage space is 22×22, where ours is 22×24 or 44 more sqft. To add 44 more sqft to their garage you’ll likely be charged 1600 dollars. Oh BTW, your TBH home will come with a freezer jack, and 2 outlets in the garage and a plug-in the ceiling because we do a garage door opener standard (we mention later in this article) – put your hands up with our competitor because they are going to charge you another $500-600 dollars for those items.

Fascia board – If you look at their product, they attach the gutters right to the truss tails. However, a True Built Home comes with fascia board. The cost to add to our competitor’s house add $700-800, and the peace of mind that the truss tails won’t rot! As you look up under the overhang of the roof, with their home you will see oriented strain board or better known as OSB. While this is a great product and we use it too on our homes, we don’t use it for the overhang of the roof. There is a debate on whether or not to allow this to be exposed to the constant weather. Builder “X” will tell you that the paint you put on it will be just fine, however, it still is unsightly and will it hold up under Washington mood swings with our rain and sun?? TBH only installs CDX plywood. It’s smooth, can be painted and durable. It looks great and last for years when used properly. If they offer it, you might pay as much as $500-600 extra dollars for this True Built Home standard feature.

Let’s move inside where the costs are really going to go up.

Carpet pad – We do an 8lb pad, they list “carpet pad” as their standard and one would only guess that it’s a 6lb because if it were 8lb, they would mention it. Upgrade cost-around $700 dollars

Our hemlock solid wood trim stained to match your cabinets is by far a step up from what our competitor offers. Their standard trim is an embossed (plastic) coated finger jointed wood trim. Obviously much less expensive and it shows but the real problem is when you damage it. You see, because it’s embossed you can repair it to make it look right again. With a true wood trim, when it gets nicked or damaged it’s an easy fix. Do you desire that TBH standard? It will cost you about $1800.

If you get rid of the cheap trim, you’ll have to upgrade their door package because they are an embossed flat photo finish door to match the plastic coated trim. When will it stop, right? Add roughly $2000 dollars because our interior doors come painted as well! We offer 5 different whites as standard. However, if you have a different color in mind, we charge a bit more outside of our standard white.

All of our cabinets come standard as a 36’’. Add $800 dollars for that change. Are you yelling for mercy yet?

Back to the garage – We include the opener. However, if you are their client you may want to open it on a rainy day, right! Add $400-550 dollars.
We use only Moen faucets throughout all of our branches-Not sure what they use, they don’t list it but if they don’t you could be looking at around $900-1100 dollars to have installed a nationally recognized and award-winning faucet. We offer both the Brantford and the Eva standard in chrome. Satin and ORB are an upgrade. Keep in mind the deep kitchen sink and we hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our faucet as well.

We really could mention more like HD Formica counter tops, a better selection of standard vinyl and carpet, door hardware, bathroom hardware; all of which are upgrades by others. So, if you walked into builder “X and wanted the “Standard” True Built Home, how much more would you have to spend? Sit down.
You would spend north of twenty-two thousand dollars, that’s right $22,450 dollars, and we are being conservative!

So, you should be asking yourself why and how. Why do they do that, and how can TBH offer more for less? The big secret is they are franchises. Yep, they have to pay the mother corporation for each home sold and they make the majority of their money on upgrades, and you pay out the nose to make their business model work. True Built Home is owned by only one person; not like a franchise and not like another competitor of ours which is owned by three families. When compared to them as well, you end up funding their checking and saving account, not yours.

So the question we want to ask is when a company offers a product but does not list the items that go into the home… why not? The other is, if a company does not list the price of their homes, why not? When you the buyers are kept in the dark from the start, how might you be treated during the process and at the end of the process?

Our standard home, is our competitors upgraded home.

Obviously it’s your money and you can spend it how you like, but nearly $23K is a LOT of lattes and movies. Or, as we stated at the front of this article, a car with leather seats, nice rims and an automatic transmission!

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: At True Built Home, we work to make sure that the advantages of building always far outweigh the disadvantages for our customers:

Add a Covered Porch Upgrade to your Home Plan!

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Covered Porch Upgrade

Add a covered porch to your new home.

A covered porch is the perfect place for throwing a party or for relaxing after a hard day. If you wait until your home is built to add a covered porch, it can be difficult and expensive to get all of the matching materials and reconfigure your home so that it can accommodate a new porch. It is much easier to plan for the porch at the outset of building your home. Learn about the True Built Home covered porch upgrade here.