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How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
How many tools do you own?
 More than $8,000
Planned house style?
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 25% - 30%
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 More than five
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 More than five
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
How many children do you have?
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
What will be the R-value of your walls?
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Dream home
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
What type of construction are you planning?
 Steel frame
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
Will you build in town or in the country?
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
Do you have a step-up strategy?
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $100 - $200
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 One to one and a half years
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $250 - $300
What time of year will you start?
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
Do you know your credit score?
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 1% - 5%
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Structural Insulated Panels
Do you own a truck?
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 > 25 hours a week
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will even take video
What's the population of the community where you will build?
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
What print publications do you read regularly?
 Fine Home Building
Why are you considering owner-building?
 Following years of learning and research, I know what I want in a home. Combine that clear idea of what I want with years of experience planning and managing projects, teams and budgets I have to ask "why should I pay a general contractor $100,000 to do a substandard job supervising subcontractors who will do 100% of the work?"
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