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Author: Mark A. Smith
[This is the Special Report 17 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Our electronic products download immediately to your computer upon purchase.]

After hundreds of interviews, we still find at least one more money-saving idea from each owner-builder we talk to. Let yourself in on ideas that will repay your investment thousands of times over. Six pages, revised and updated with new reader tips, web links and comments.

Topics include:

 

  • What to say to vendors
  • Start with bids from a general
  • Buy materials separately
  • Limit self-work
  • What the ads tell you
  • How to get upgrades at the basic price
  • Results from multiple bids
  • "Make them an offer"
  • Service after the sale
  • Off-season buys
  • Buy through someone else
  • Free materials
  • Unclaimed special orders

Excerpt from Report:

"...Q. Ways to save money?

A. "I am buying, what can you do for me.?" Try to define what your needs will be and stick to that, and buy them on sale. Limit yourself to two or three "emotional items" in the house.

A. If you can do your own finish work. You get it the way you want. Make sure all bids are in writing.

A. Get two prices from all subs.

A. Get on the phone and shop around, buy direct from manufacturers. Carpet mills, for example, floor coverings. Hire your own subs to install the materials you bought.

A. Keep your eyes open. Know what you gotta have in the beginning. Buy bulk and ask, "Is this the best deal you can give me?" Bring a list and try to buy as a package. Like you do on lumber.

A. Be a good shopper. Be patient. Pre-planning

A. Get a general's bid.

A. If you can't do it yourself, use word of mouth people that work with you. Let them show you, and then you do it. We paid some guys nothing - just a case of beer. We paid others $8 an hour cash

A. Can't do a good job unless they have a working knowledge of the industry which I got by working my way through school. Trade services with people, be willing to work your butt off if you have a day job..."

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"I've got a lot on the 8th hole of a golf course, which I got for $2,800, the amount of back taxes. I went down to the courthouse, got a plat map, and called the school district to see who might be in arrears. Then I called those people to see who wanted the land taken off their hands. I also did this for my parents, and got them two lots for $500 each. They were so grateful, they paid for mine, too. So I got a free lot."
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"Husband is electrician. We've already started doing trades; one is to a carpenter, where we have $500 credit built up already. This way we'll be able to get our trades accomplished in not too long a time after we build."
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