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Small house plans require just as much thought as plans for a mansion. Small house floor plans must tell the builder all he needs to know so the house is built exactly as it appears in your dreams. A small house can feel large if you include lots of tall ceilings, large windows and skylights.

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Prepare detailed building plans with all specifications to minimize or avoid project delays and costly change orders. Ask your contractor for a timeline, preselect all materials, and monitor project progress to make your project go forward without delays.

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3 ring binders will help you get organized and keep your construction on target. Contractors and subcontractors can refer to the binder at the jobsite. Three ring binders are a simple, inexpensive way of getting organized in your project, and these binders can save money, mistakes, delays and conflict.

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Avoid costly change orders whenever possible by selecting all materials before work begins. If your plans must change, get all specifications and details in writing from contractors on the change order. Leave nothing to question!

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Get accurate construction bids by preselecting all materials to eliminate allowances. Get itemized quotes and liability certificates to compare all builders.

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Finding a good architect may take some research. Architects receive little residential training. To locate a good residential architect, follow this little known technique.

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Getting accurate estimates for new construction can be frustrating and heartbreaking. A workable construction bid is possible with some estimate homework upfront. Preliminary construction estimates can be provided by builders from your description and historical data, or check book references to help with building cost estimates.

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Home plans or blueprints for home construction work are essential to avoid problems with your home project. Avoid budget overruns and costly change orders by giving your contractor quality blueprints to work from. Read on to learn a little known technique to find architects of great repute and how to select the right one.

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