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George in Wharton, TX's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for George in Wharton, TX at - Build Your Own Home

Would you be willing to help another owner-builder?
 Yes, I would talk on the phone

Future Owner-Builder for George in Wharton, TX at - Build Your Own Home

How many children do you have?
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
How many tools do you own?
 $500 - $1,000
What type of construction are you planning?
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
Will you build in town or in the country?
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 10-15 hours
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will even take video
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
What time of year will you start?
Do you own a truck?
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
Do you know your credit score?
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 30% - 35%
What's the population of the community where you will build?
Planned house style?
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Fiberglass batts
What will be the R-value of your walls?
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Never used a spreadsheet
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
Why are you considering owner-building?
Save money
Satisfaction of building my own home
Getting a better built home
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
Do you have a step-up strategy?
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
Are you a good shopper?
 Okay shopper
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two to two and a half years
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