When it’s time to move into a new house, you have a couple of options. You can buy an existing house, have a house built for you, or build your own house. Buying an existing house means you’ll have to accept the good and bad aspects of a house currently on the market. Having a house built by a general contractor or Construction Company will give you the house you want. Building your own house will also give you the house you want, potentially at a drastically reduced cost. You might think you don’t have the skills necessary to build your own home, but depending on how much work you plan on doing yourself, you only really need the ability to hire and schedule subcontractors. There are a few things to keep in mind when you make this decision.
How Specific Are Your Plans?
The more thought you’ve put into what your ideal home will look like, the more successful you’ll be at building your own home. If you don’t know exactly what you want, it may be a good idea to work with a contractor who can help you fill in the blanks. On the other hand, if you have plans in your head down to specific details and you can sketch out floor plans when discussing what you want, you may want to build the house yourself.
How Much Work Are You Willing to Do?
If you have a background in construction, or any experience building things, you may want to consider doing some of the work yourself. This will save you money when it comes to hiring subcontractors. If you work with a general contractor, you’ll likely be paying for several subcontractors to do all of the work. The more involved you are, the more money you’ll save. Make sure you have the tools you need to do whichever tasks you decide to complete on your own. You may need both power tools and hand tools. If you don’t own the tools you need, you may be able to rent them. A San Francisco rental service store can offer you a number of tools for fair rental costs.
Will You Need Connection to City Services?
There’s a big difference in cost and skill needed when considering connecting to water and sewer services or installing a well and septic tank. Connecting to city services for water and sewer involves digging trenches and laying pipe. Both will likely have to be done by a subcontractor, but it is far more cost-effective to use a well for water and a septic tank for sewage.
Whether you hire a general contractor or act as your own general contractor, you may find yourself living in the home of your dreams, possibly at a significantly reduced cost.