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How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Other
 
Planned house style?
 Other
 
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?
 900 - 1,000
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Not married
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 I'm single
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Starter
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 One
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 1% - 5%
 
What time of year will you start?
 April
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 800 - 900 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $100 - $150
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 Yes
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
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?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 None
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Other
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-20
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 1-2 years
 
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?
 None
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 None
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Four
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 1 - 2
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 All window or wall units
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It won't be stick-built.
 
How many tools do you own?
 $1,000 - $2,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Do you own a truck?
 No
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 No garage
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 > 25 hours a week
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 yurts.org
homeadvisor.com
youtube
lumberliquidators.com
lowesforpros.com
amazon
ebay
BYHYU
houseplanninghelp.com
farmhousefromscrtach.com
yestermorrow.org
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 I want to get more house for my money and I am on a regular person's salary, I want to reduce my mortgage costs and be in debt for less time.
I also want to know the history of each component that goes in the house and each structure inside it.
 
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