When Building a Home, Should You be the General Contractor?

Being responsible for the construction of your own home is complicated, challenging and disruptive, but it can be rewarding on many levels. For those who feel capable of tackling the job of General Contractor (GC), here are some things to consider. You! Before making the decision to be your own GC, take stock of your personal attributes. The following are some questions to think about: Do you understand construction principles? Are you detailed oriented and equipped to track the financial information associated with a large building project? Do have the time to devote to this project? How well do you manage people? These questions are meant to stimulate your thinking, and get you started on an honest evaluation of your abilities,...

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6 Things You Should Know Before Buying Your Land

For most people, owning a parcel of land affords stability, permanence and a home. Whether you dream of living in the country away from traffic and congestion, a family-oriented place in the suburbs, or house right downtown, you will need some land. Buying land with the idea of constructing a dwelling on it requires some research and more than a little smart thinking. It is easy to get carried away with the benefits of buying a piece of land and overlook the drawbacks. But, let’s take a quick look at the benefits before we dive into the other factors that might not be so grand. The Benefits of Buying Your Land A piece of land is like a blank canvas, sitting there waiting for the right person to build something magnificent. But ther...

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