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Building a new home is an overwhelming process, and it is easy to lose your place in the process. Every decision you make in building your new home, from floor plan to contractor, affects how quickly you can move in, how much it will cost you, and how good the quality is of your home. You should be well-educated before beginning this adventure, and Build Your New House In No Time can help shed light on the home-building process. Author and president of Better Homes Seminars Lon S. Safko will teach you the ins and outs of building a new home, including:
The Largest Investment in Your Life: Be an Educated Consumer!
Who Should Read This Book
How This Book Is Organized
How the Information Is Organized
Part I: What You Need to Know Before You Start to Build
Part II: Getting Started
Part III: Starting the Design Process
Part IV: Planning and Prevention Build a Better Home
Special Elements and Icons
Recommendations for Using This Book
Some Tips Before You Start
I. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START TO BUILD.
1. Making a Decision on What to Build.
Understanding the Pros and Cons of Custom Homebuilding
Defining Your Options
Making the Right Choice for You
Reasons to Use a Homebuilder
Homebuilders Have the Right Relationships
Homebuilders Understand the Building Process
Homebuilders Can Negotiate Better Prices
Homebuilders Have the Necessary Insurances
If You Must
Hiring a Homebuilder Takes the Pain Out of Homebuilding
Homebuilders Understand the Magnitude of the Project and Can Avoid Costly Errors
Municipality and Administrative Approvals
2. Being Insured Properly Can Greatly Reduce Your Risk.
What Insurance Policies Do You Need While Building?
What Exactly Do You Need to Be Safe?