Contracting Your Own HomeAmerican Home Counsel is a consortium of professionals in the home building, real estate, development, financing, and education professions.  Author and Real Estate Expert Bill Edwards, president of American Home Counsel, has built more than 200 custom homes over the last 35 years and has also helped many people build or remodel their own homes using his tested methods.

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If you’ve always wanted to contract your own home or remodeling project but thought you didn’t know enough about how to do it or where to even start, you’ve come to the right place! The process isn’t as hard as you might imagine, and the rewards are definitely worth the effort! 

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Building Your Own Home FAQs

What does it really mean to be a builder? When you become your own builder, you essentially become a project manager.  Consequently, think of your job as a builder—project manager—in terms of making things happen through the talents and resources

Benefits of Building Your Own Home

There are MANY benefits and rewards you’ll gain when building your own home.  Below are just a few of them. Save Money.  A typical builder’s profit can range from 18 to 20 percent of the total cost of construction and

Is Living/Building in a Rural Area Right For You?

As a home builder and real estate specialist, I sometimes run across folks who dream of moving out of the city and buying land in the countryside. It always brings to mind the movie Funny Farm (starring Chevy Chase), where

Contracting Your Own Home – Which Jobs to Consider Doing Yourself

If you are building or contracting a new home yourself for the first time, doing some of the work may sounds appealing. It’s easy to watch the professional work and think, ‘Wow, I could do that myself!’ That’s not always

Common Problems when Contracting Your Own Home

Contracting your own home is a noble undertaking, and one that requires a good bit of pre-construction planning. It is important to anticipate things that can go wrong in the building process. Mistakes can be very costly to overcome, so

Building Your Own Home – The Devil is in the Details

One of the most challenging things about building your own home, even for professional builders, is staying on top of the details. Each phase of construction brings its own issues, so watching everything closely is your best defense against losing

Why Cost Per Square Foot Pricing for Building a Home is a Fallacy

The number one question everyone asks about building a home is how much will it cost. Most folks want to know the cost per square foot to build a complete house or the foundation walls or the framing, etc. I

New Home Building Tips…

So you’ve decided to build/contract your own home.  That’s GREAT!  It’s likely that you have made the decision because you want to be in charge of the important decisions about your new home AND because you want to save money.