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    Any experience on building a house?

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    We going to talk to our realtor this afternoon about possibly building a custom home. It costs the same amount as other comparable homes where we're looking it looks like. Any experience? What if DH deploys during the process? We're looking at trying to get a move in date of June 1 when our lease is up in housing so we don't have to pay to break it (or we'll break it penalty free if/when he deploys which is back and forth daily lately). Anyways... I've narrowed it down to 3 builders but our realtor had some recommendations also which she'll discuss with us tonight. Any tips? Is it a huge headache?
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    Honestly, ours was a piece of cake. We lined everything up right before DF deployed. Finalized everything and I oversaw the build while he was deployed on my own. We did have any big issues...just make sure to check add on prices and what is standard...some stuff is totally work the upgrade (IE: our kitchen cabinets, washer/dryer room upstairs, etc). Our house was started in May and we closed the end of August...

    Building our house was a great experience for us. Let me know if you have any questions!
    Put on your big girl panties and deal with it like a boss.

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    We built - well sorta - it was an easy process.

    the only issue is if there are alot of "existing" homes and if there are alot of avail lots where you build.
    when there are alot of lots avail- it just gives a buyer oppertunity to build instead of buying something already there. it can also effect renting - if there is alot of on going construction, renters do not want to deal with the noise and the traffic.

    We bought from a builder, the house was almost finished when chose it, we got to do a little bit of stuff with it, there were only 5 empty lots ( and all but 2 have been sold and built on since we bought).
    We also are in our forever home.
    because of the high costs of add-ons ( upgrades) we chose to not upgrade anything and have done it slowly in the last 5 years.
    since we have been here, we have put in a 4,000 dollar fence, 3,000 dollars in land scaping, 5,000 dollar shed, 7,000 dollar screen porch, 9,000 in new floors, 1,000 in lighting fixtures, 1,000 dollars in window treatments, 1,000 in finishing the attic, 1,000 to finish the garage. and will be puting in about 800 in new door knobs and hardware next year.
    if you decide to build ask your builder what comes 'standard' with the construction and then look at costs of doing everything you WANT with a new construction, to what it would cost to change an existing home.
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    Are you asking about a true custom house where you design the floor plan and then hire a builder or semi-custom where you pick out one of the builder's floor plans and just get to make a few changes and pick out the finishes? We had a true custom built, hired an architect and then a builder. Yeah, it is a headache and can be very stressful.
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    Thanks. We're looking at using their floor plans and possibly their lots. We're in the initial planning stage.

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