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Vince in Piscataway, NJ's Interview Answers

Future Owner-Builder for Vince in Piscataway, NJ at - Build Your Own Home

How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
What type of construction are you planning?
Planned house style?
 Log Home
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 25% - 30%
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?
 Both equally
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 More than three
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5% - 10%
What time of year will you start?
Do you have a step-up strategy?
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
Are you organized?
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $200 - $300
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $150 - $200
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
Will you build in town or in the country?
What's the population of the community where you will build?
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 One and a half to two years
Do you know your credit score?
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Blown-in cellulose
What will be the R-value of your walls?
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?
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
How many children do you have?
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
How many tools do you own?
 Less than $500 replacement value
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Ten times
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will even take video
Do you own a truck?
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 5-10 hours
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