How Much Does It Cost to Build a House Per Square Foot? By Doug Leavitt
That is a Great question. It is one that really requires many more questions behind it and should not be answered with a simple “unrealistic number.” Anyone quoting you a price per square foot without knowing some perimeters of the build job in my opinion is simply just “Blowing Smoke”. They are just trying to get your attention with some low ball number, knowing they will be adding extras on the top. As a home builder of 200 + homes in Texas, I found it un-credible when other builders would quote a price per foot. The lot, or building site, itself, raises many questions. Are there trees to be removed, how much lot grading, rocks on the lot, retaining walls, the levelness of the lot are just some of the unanswered questions.
Subdivisions,or building sites, may require certain deed restrictions or covenants that call out specific details of your building. Requirements such as roof pitch and roof materials, exterior cosmetics (brick, siding, stucco, rock or?), foundations, building set back lines (how far back from the street you must build-as this may increase the amount of concrete for your driveway, side walk etc,) sewer systems, water connections, utility service requirements, permits, impact fees, city requirements, floor plans (a square box is less to build than an elaborate roof system) how efficient your heat and air, (seer), how elaborate your electrical requirements are & the brands of fixtures and supplies, the amenities and the list goes on and on.
On the other hand if you are visiting a house or a model home and you ask the Sales Rep how much “this” new home cost per square foot to build, they can tell you because all the perimeters or questions have already been answered. You might ask about square footage price in this manner. But be sure to ask what the upgrades are and how much they cost. I hope this helps you to understand from a builders point of view that the question “How much is to build a home per square foot?” is a very “Loaded Question” could get you a very misleading reply.
Ask all and as many Questions you find necessary to find out the bottom line. You might ask too “If I was to build this house”as Is” on my lot, how much would it cost?”
I hope you get the answers and comfort you need to move forward
DougLeavitt.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Doug_Leavitt/568461