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Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 Two
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 3-4
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 None
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 >50%
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Two
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 No
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $300 - $350
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-40
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 1% - 5%
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 2-3
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 One
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Never used a spreadsheet
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 Less than 100 hours
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 50,000-100,000
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 <Six months
 
Are you organized?
 Not very
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Blue collar
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 One
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 Yes
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 One
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
Planned house style?
 Colonial
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
How many tools do you own?
 More than $8,000
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $500 - $600
 
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