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Mark, thank you for writing such a great book. I have bought many books to help me through my building process, but yours is the one I go back to the most. I'm on my second home now. It is so much easier the second time around. The first house was such a huge success. It cost us about $100/ft to build with top of the line details, and including a swimming pool (but not including land), and we sold it less than two years later for about $235/ft. We made several hundred thousand dollars profit on that one house! I think it's safe to say owner-building has changed my life. Thanks!
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Author: Mark A. Smith
[This is the Special Report 25 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Our electronic products download immediately to your computer upon purchase.]

Why pay more than you need to for any part of your house project? Sometimes amazing savings can be found. Just one of these strategies may save you thousands of dollars. This is the complete set of approaches that saved us more than $100,000 on our home. At 30 pages, this report contains more than 100 strategies and is five times longer than our average report.

Topics include:

  • How to talk knowledgeably to subs and vendors
  • Making money when you shop
  • How to buy - when to buy
  • Barter possibilities
  • Better than contractor prices
  • Hidden discounts
  • Multiple bid savings
  • How much can you save on DIY?
  • Buy wholesale
  • Direct internet buys
  • Savings on construction financing
  • Low cost plans
  • Cabinet bargains
  • Energy savings that pay you
  • 10% off all big box purchases
  • Buying groups
  • Free interest
  • Lumber bargains
  • Stone and tile savings
  • Choosing a plan that costs less to build
  • Free deliveries

Excerpt from Report:

"...31. Home Show Discounts

When the building products vendors get together to display at a home and garden show, there is an atmosphere of competition for your attention. At these shows, many vendors offer trade show discounts. We purchased our whole house vacuum unit at a savings of 40% this way.

32. Buy Direct from Manufacturer

One example of this is buying carpet at mill-direct prices.

33. Be Flexible

If you find superior items at prices lower than your intended items, you may be able to modify your plans to take advantage. For example, if you have hardwood flooring available at $6.50 per square foot installed, and find ceramic tile you like for an installed cost of $4, you may consider reducing the hardwood and increasing the ceramic tiled areas in your plan.

34. Check an Unexpected Source

Some O-B's have reported that they found custom cabinets from an independent craftsman at better prices than stock cabinets. If you have pursued one type of source for your item, give a different approach a look before you close off your research.

35. Read the Classifieds

The classified ads in the newspaper can yield bargains from unexpected sources. Sometimes, for example a distributor of a given construction material may sell off accumulated samples through a classified ad. One of our friends found solid maple stair rail balusters valued at $12 each for $2 apiece this way. Check "Building Materials", "Appliances", "Home Furnishings", and "Home Accessories".

36. Avoid the Construction Loan

I could have saved $8,000 in loan fees and interest if I paid cash for my project. Some owners have sufficient equity in their current homes to pay for their next house. They can sell the previous property before starting the new house and work with the cash proceeds. Or, they can take out home equity loans to finance new construction. Interest rates and origination costs are much lower that way..."

Sample Reader Tip Excerpts:

"And there's not much competition here. Example is Viking appliances. We got them priced for our kitchen at $12,200. On the Internet I found a guy in Canada, in White Horse, a day's drive, no duty because made in the U.S., and we can save $3,500 by a day's drive. The trip will cost $500 so there's $3,000 in our kitchen before we start."
Clinton B.
Anchorage, AK

"We used to go to auctions where construction people sell their surplus products. As an electrician and a security system installer my husband met a lot of people with nice houses. One homeowner called him about the auctions brand new stuff, doors that were pre-hung, steps, windows, countertops, interior doors, and tools in boxes. You bid on items you want. Also we looked at wholesalers catalogue, where we got our wall-to-wall carpet, only paid $50 for shipping, North Carolina furniture and everything. Book is called "Wholesale by Mail" 1997 edition. Harper Collins, 10 E. 53rd St, New York, NY 10022 (800) 242-7737."
Piper H.
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