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Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Never used a spreadsheet
 

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Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 Yes
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 More than three
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Both equally
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 2-3
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5%
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $100 - $150
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-20
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 20% - 25%
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $100 - $200
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 One
 
Planned house style?
 Two-story
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $100 - $125
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
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?
 Three
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 One to one and a half years
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Okay shopper
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Insulated Concrete Forms
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Blue collar
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 
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