Check Local Construction Rates
Talk to local contractors to find out what the ballpark figures are per square foot for new construction. For instance, if you’re planning a 2,000-square-foot home and local costs are $100 per foot, the home would cost roughly $200,000.
Consider the Features
Make a list of the things you want to include in the plans. Do you want hardwood floors or carpeting? High-end fixtures or economy versions? A gourmet kitchen or one that is merely functional? Depending on your wish list, your costs could be higher or lower than the original estimate.
Will You Go Green?
Check the prices on energy-saving appliances, such as on-demand water heaters, solar panels and fireplace inserts. These will save money in the long run, but could add to your upfront costs.
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