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Dear Home Building Consumer,

he House Building Guide was almost a decade in the making. Back in the early 1990's my wife and I were living in an old Victorian home built in 1888. It was loaded with charm, but short on modern amenities. One day she was taking her winter coats out of a closet where they had been stored over the summer. She discovered, much to her surprise, that the linings of these coats were covered with mold. Within two days she had moved out; she is extremely allergic to molds and was having some health problems at the time. She moved in with her parents and I was left to sell the house, which I was fortunately able to do in a few weeks.

We began looking for a house to buy. After some amount of looking and discussion we agreed that we would instead, build a house . Unwittingly, the saga that would lead to the publication of this guide had begun. We went through all of the normal steps of buying land, designing the house, selecting a builder, securing financing, overseeing the building process, and finally 17 months later, after taking our builder to small claims court, we moved in. There are many benefits to building your own home exactly how you like it. After your home is built you can use accents like kitchen rugs and stunning art pieces to draw attention to the customized architecture that you helped design. For example, a painting hung in a vaulted ceiling attracts the eye to notice just how high the ceiling is in that area of the house.

Thankfully we did a lot of things correctly. But, unfortunately there were many things we should have done differently. As soon as we had finished the process I wrote about 9 pages of notes for myself to use when we built our second house. About this time a baby came into our lives and my notes went into a file and stayed there for more than six years.

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The Internet had blossomed during those six years and I recognized the potential value of the education I had received in the "school of hard knocks". At the same time I was somewhat uncomfortable with presenting myself as an expert in the area of house building. I decided to see what information was available. I went first to the Internet and bought almost every new house building guide I could find and read them. I was quite surprised at what I found. The information fell into two basic groups. One group provided only a general overview of the home building process, with a few checklists and timetables, but overall was really pretty useless. The second group attempted to teach consumers how to be the GC and save money by taking on the role of a builder. Next I went to Amazon.com and bought several books on building a new home. Once again I found that many of these were written by builders. And once again I found that, while there was some good information in these, none of them contained what I considered to be the most critical information, i.e. how to save thousands of dollars when building a new home without being the GC. In my mind this was the most critical detail and no one was writing from that perspective.

Having finally convinced myself that the information I had compiled was important, generally unavailable elsewhere, and could save the homeowner a bundle, I made the decision to write the House Building Guide. When I wrote this Guide I never anticipated it would be so popular. With thousands of satisfied customers, we have a growing list of testimonials and more recently, pictures of homes built by purchasers of the Guide.

The House Building Guide is an indispensable resource for anyone planning on building a new house in the near future. Order your copy today and join our more than 7645 customers, in all 50 states and Canada , who have successfully built homes, saved money, and avoided the pitfalls using the knowledge and tools provided in the Guide. And remember, your order is backed by our risk free, lifetime, money back guarantee.

As you embark on one of the most rewarding and financially important projects of you life, I wish you the best of luck with your new house building adventures.

James Todd, Author

p.s. The Guide has been updated five times since it was first issued. It is up-to-date, and ready to be put to work in 2009 on your house building project.

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Learn How to Save Real Money -- Not a Few Hundred But Thousands-- And Still Hire a GC to do Most of the Work!

The House and Home Building Guide will show you how to save thousands of dollars on your building project. If you are building an average sized house in the U.S. (~$200,000) you should be able to save $5000-$10,000 or about 5% of the construction costs of your home. The best part is that you can realize these types of savings without being the General Contractor (GC) on your house building project. This is an extremely important point because being the GC on a house is almost a full time job - and few people today have that amount of free time. Furthermore, even if you were one of the lucky few who had the time, without the practical experience, you would have a very difficult time managing the process. For most people the bottom line is that a builder, whom you hire, will be responsible for all of the nitty gritty details of getting the house built - not you. He is your house building expert and you should use him for his expertise.

This House Building Guide walks you through, step-by-step , and shows you exactly what you need to do to save money. But it goes well beyond that, by incorporating the logistics of how you save this money into an example set of specifications and an example contract . What you get then, is not just a single document - but 11 documents -- a complete house building kit:

  • The House Building Guide
  • Sample Building Contract
  • Example Specification
  • Healthy House Building Tips
  • House Building Time Line
  • House Building Task List
  • A Complete Set of House Plans
  • Credit Prequalification Tool
  • House Building Newsletter
  • Mortgage Pre-Approval
  • Home Energy Report and Checklist

By putting into practice the tips in the House Building Guide you should easily save 50 fold the purchase price. In fact if you followed through on just one of the money savings tips contained in the Guide, you would pay for its cost many times over. This analysis doesn't even take into consideration the value of the many convenience tips. What else could you ask for? Here is a quick look at just a few of the other things contained in the Guide.

Insider Secrets - What Builders Don't Want You To Know

Here are seven things your builder would prefer you didn't know. Once you read the Guide you will understand:

  • Why builders love change orders and why it is so critical that you have as few of these as possible.
  • Why homeowners have the leverage in the building process.
  • Why all warranties are not alike and what kind of warranty you must avoid.
  • How to achieve "apples to apples" comparability when requesting bids from builders.
  • Why your specifications must be as detailed as possible.
  • Twelve (12) major items on which you can easily avoid a builder's markup.
  • Five things you can delay or postpone if you are running short on money.

What Home Owners Must Know About Builders

The vast majority of people can't do it all themselves. A good builder is indispensable. This Guide can help you find one and show you:

  • Why you need a good builder.
  • Why 98% of people shouldn't be their own GC.
  • How to choose a builder.
  • What questions to ask when interviewing a builder.
  • How to audit a prospective builder's construction site.

The Guide contains a 71 point Builder's Questionnaire and Interview Guide to assist you in organizing your thoughts and making certain you cover all the key points with prospective builders.

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I got all your documents and they are great. We met with the builder and things are going fine. We picked a VERY reputable builder and I think that's 75% of the battle. Everything else is great though. The builder's 1st draft was set up almost exactly like your samples...... and his specifications were almost uniformly the same as yours. Thanks again.
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Your building guide is the BEST! In the past I have purchased a few books on "how to build or how to be your own GC" but nothing has compared to your product. I loved the fact I could download it and modify the Specifications to my own needs. It was EXACTLY what I was looking for. It tells me the process step by step and examples of building materials.
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I am finding it very useful and full of commonsense information. There are some invaluable questions to ask your builder and things to look out for.
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I Made Plenty of Mistakes When My Home was Built...
Learn From Them, Don't Repeat Them!

The House Building Guide is packed with dozens of money saving and convenience tips and practical advice. Get educated before jumping into the building process or your ignorance could cost you big bucks. Here is some additional information you will find in the Guide:

  • The best and easiest way to develop your floor plan.
  • Twenty-nine convenience tips that could save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours over a lifetime.
  • Why the right credit card is important and how it could save you hundreds of dollars.
  • How a call to your local electrical utility might pay for the cost of this Guide 5-10 times over.
  • Which clauses are important in a house building contract.
  • An easy way to enforce your contract if the builder doesn't live up to his end of the bargain.
  • How to assemble your punch list.
  • Thirty (30) important questions to examine when buying land.
  • How to easily check if land is near an environmentally contaminated site.
  • Why a credit check on both yourself and your prospective builder is important.

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We currently have almost 35,000 subscribers to our e-newsletter. We'd like to add you to this list, just for visiting our site, Complete the form below and we'll give you a FREE six month subscription to this newsletter - an $18 value. Our House Building Ezine covers a wide variety of topics- all related to new home construction and house building. Some of the recent topics covered have included: Energy Savings, Credit Scores, Homeowners Insurance, Finishing a Basement - Now vs. Later, Home Construction in the Winter, A Primer on Windows, Home Wiring, termite control, and Modular Home Construction to name a few.

For eight years we have published and distributed this newsletter free of charge. But as of the end of 2005 that changed. To offset the costs associated with the production and distribution of this newsletter we are now charging a $37 annual subscription fee. However, anyone who purchases the House Building Guide will receive a free, one year subscription, and thereafter will be able to purchase it for the nominal cost of $12 per year. If you just want the newsletter and not the Guide, the cost will be $37.

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Here's a Brief Description of the Valuable Documents and Tools That Come with the House Building Guide...

I have included with the Guide an example set of specifications and a sample house building contract. Specifications are the details behind the blue prints that define specifically what is to be built. For example, let's take the doors shown in your house plan. Specifications will tell you what color, size, and materials they are to made from, what kind of hardware they will have, whether they are to be painted, whether they will have door stops - and if they are - what kind of stops these will be. Are you beginning to get the picture? Without good, tight specifications, your builder will have a lot of latitude in deciding how your house will be built, and it's a good bet that you will not be thrilled with his choices. The example specs included in the Guide will go a long way to making certain you've covered all the bases.

Your House Building Contract is similarly important. It should cover all of the many contingencies that might arise in your building project. For example, if the builder is late in finishing your house, and you have to move out of your present one and into a rental apartment, who pays for this, you or your builder? Examples abound, but without a good contract, you builder can get away with much and have little account- ability for his actions. Take if from me, this is not something you want to learn the hard way.

Here are just a small sample of important points that need to be in the contract you sign:

  • A one-page change order sheet with signature blocks should be included as an attachment to your contract.
  • Administrative costs charged by your builder for changed orders, if any, should be defined.
  • The time to complete your house should be clearly stipulated in the contract, as well as the penalties incurred by the builder if the house is not finished on time. As part of this clause, there should be a clear and unambiguous definition of when the clock starts and when it stops.
  • The builder's warranties and guarantees should be stipulated in the contract.
  • A clause stating that all workmen should conduct themselves in a professional and business-like manner should be in the contract.
  • A clause stating that no alcoholic beverages or drugs of any kind shall be allowed on the construction site.

These Specifications and the Contract documents are provided in a Word format so you can edit or modify them for your own use. If you tried to buy these two documents at one of the sites that sell construction documents you would pay between $29 and $49 for EACH of these documents. Together they represent a $70 value,and have been packaged with your purchase of the Guide at no additional cost.

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A Healthy House Building Primer

The information contained in Healthy House Building Tips will surprise and alarm you. Every one who is building a new house should be aware of the things contained in this document. For those with allergies, chronic illness, multiple chemical sensitivities, asthma, or respiratory illness this information is absolutely essential. The bottom line is that two trends in house build ing have converged to make the typical new house constructed today less healthy than it was 50 years ago. These trends are the increasing tendency to use man made materials and the con struction of "tighter" homes with less outside air exchange. Did you know that the indoor air quality in most new homes is 5-10 times worse than outdoor air, even in the most polluted industrial areas? That is why the information found in the Healthy House Building Tips document is so important. Here is an example section.

"Perhaps the worst offenders when it comes to building healthier houses are carpets and specifically man-made carpets. They can contain a variety of substances that outgas for many years. These gases are precisely what you are smelling when you enter a carpet store or a newly carpeted room. The many nice features you can purchase for carpeting such as color fastness, stain proofing, fire resistance, etc. are achieved by the use of chemicals. Carpets outgas these chemicals at the highest rates for the first few years but continue slowly for many years thereafter."

The good news is that if you are aware of the air quality problems associated with the normal new house construction project, much can be done to mitigate these problems, and at a reasonable cost.

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A New House Construction Time Line

It's raining cat's and dog's and the roof on your new house is only partly finished. Your builder's sub has been working on this task for a week already, and you don't know why it's taking so long. Should it take a week to finish, or longer? Is someone dragging their feet? Should you complain to your builder, since the water's pouring in on your partially completed house? Our time line will help you answer these questions. We provide you with timelines for four different houses - a ranch and a colonial - and a 1500 and 300 sq ft. home. While certainly not definitive, this timeline gives you a basic understanding of how long certain tasks should take, and armed with this ammunition you can make decisions and take actions - like talking to the builder about WHY it's taking so long to finish the roof, when it should have been done in three days.

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A House Building Task List

The House Building Task List is a 180 point checklist of items that you should consider when building a house. Assuming your follow our advice and hire a builder, almost all of these things should be his responsibility. However, this comprehensive list will give you the ability to monitor and double check what your builder is doing or should be doing. It's an invaluable aid to assist you in monitoring the progress of your builder and your house building project.

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  • Slab vs. Crawl vs. Basement

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Higher energy costs mean, not only higher cost for gasoline at the pump, but higher costs to heat, cool and live in your home. This Energy report was compiled to assist you in designing your new home to minimize energy costs. It comes with a home energy checklist designed for your use as you build your home.

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