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Building a House
Building a house can be one of the most satisfying--or aggravating--activities that home buyers can undertake. The difference between building a dream house and a "nightmare on Elm Street" has a great deal to do with being certain that building a house is the right option for you and then following through with many of the details related to building a house. See hints on building a house.
Some of the advantages and disadvantages of building a house:
If you decide that building a house (or buying a new one) is your best option, you will be confronted with a number of choices--there is no "one plan fits all" when it comes to new houses!
New house building choices:
Unless you are buying a house that is already standing or in a subdivision
tract, you will most likely need to choose and employ the services of an architect and/or builder.
Choose wisely. During the time that your house is being built, you will be spending a lot of time with these individuals!
Building a house often involves compromises. Many home
buyers consider building because the feel they can't find the "perfect" house in the resale market. Be
aware, though, that unless you have an unlimited budget, are building on a highly adaptable lot and are a great
distance from your nearest neighbors, you will have potential compromises you will need to deal with. Some examples
Better Houses, Better Living by Myron Ferguson
A must-have if you are planning to build a home. How to avoid the most common (and costly) construction mistakes. An approach that is both detailed and easy to understand. Strongly recommended. Available here.