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Purchasing Your Land
Location, location, location! Your lot will be an actual part of your new home and where you plan to live. Be sure that you're completely happy with it. If you have doubts about how you'll feel 1 year, 5 years, or 20 years from now in this location, you may need to search some more for your new home's location.
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Choosing a Contractor
For those of you worried about choosing a general contractor to build your new home, feel confident in knowing that most custom home contractors are reliable, honest individuals. The very few who are not, have created an image well beyond their real numbers. To help you find the right GC for your new home, here are some very simple rules and suggestions to follow:
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Building Glossary
As you embark on the building of your new home, make sure you understand the trade professionals you'll be working with to make important decisions. Don't be thrown off by terms such as gable, cornice, water closet or hose bib. You'll quickly discover as you begin to build your new home that the professionals you'll be working with have a lingo all their own. Here is a helpful glossary of some common and not some common terms used in the home building business.
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Finding land isn't always the easiest task when you decide to build your own home, but you can start by checking out regional real estate books and newspapers and calling your local realtors to see if they have or know of any land for sale, matching your price range and preferences. If you find land for sale in the classified section of your local newspaper, be very careful since you'll probably be working directly with the seller. To be sure that they are on the up and up you should retain a lawyer to handle the purchasing for you.




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