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Joe in Anderson, SC's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Joe in Anderson, SC at - Build Your Own Home

If ever you move from your O-B house, how long will you have lived in it?
 5 - 10 years
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 200 - 300 hrs.

Future Owner-Builder for Joe in Anderson, SC at - Build Your Own Home

How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
What will be the R-value of your walls?
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Fiberglass batts
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will even take video
Do you know your credit score?
Do you own a truck?
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Dream home
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $100 - $125
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 1 - 2
Planned house style?
What time of year will you start?
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 100 - 200 hours
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 More than 10%
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 No garage
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Wife primary
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
Will you build in town or in the country?
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
How many tools do you own?
 $5,000 - $6,000
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 More than three
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $200 - $300
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 > 10 years
How many children do you have?
What type of construction are you planning?
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 400 - 500 hrs.
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Never used a spreadsheet
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
What's the population of the community where you will build?
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Only husband working
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 25% - 30%
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
Do you have a step-up strategy?
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