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Previous Owner-Builder for Kerry in Northvale, NJ at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

What was the age of your previous home?
 More than 45 yrs.
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 Three
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
House style?
 Victorian
 
How much did you save altogether vs. appraised or street value?
 40% - 45%
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 800 - 900 hrs.
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Both working
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Wife primary
 
What trades did you do yourself?
 painting, tiling, doors, moulding
 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $30,000 - $50,000
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 500 - 600 hours
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Three
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 Two
 
Have you had it appraised?
 Yes
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 R-15
 

Future Owner-Builder for Kerry in Northvale, NJ at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Three
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
Planned house style?
 Other
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 35% - 40%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Wife primary
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 No
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5%
 
What time of year will you start?
 October
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 700 - 800 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $300 - $400
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Urban
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 100,000-150,000
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 None
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Fiberglass batts
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 R-19
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 Two
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Four
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 3-4
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x4
 
How many tools do you own?
 $3,000 - $4,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 One time
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Blue collar
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will even take video
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 One
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 this one, byoh
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 

cost savings

control

personal satisfaction

 

 
What print publications do you read regularly?
 

daily news

bottom line

money magazine

 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $250 - $275
 
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