Building your new home is not a passive experience. In fact, you need to be actively involved in the process. Before you begin construction, be sure to run the numbers, preferably using a cost-to-build tool. Also, make sure to research your builder’s background. When making building decisions, keep both resale value and energy efficiency in mind. Last, don’t forget to get together with your contractor and create a “punch list” at the end of construction. This list identifies any work that remains to be done.

Key Takeaways:

  • House plans typically offer a tool which lets you estimate costs of construction based on where you build.
  • When building, keep resale value in mind and avoid excessive or unusual features that future buyers might not want.
  • Create and use a “punch list” at the end of construction to identify what work still needs to be done on the home.

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