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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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Use some great home design software to help you visualize your desires for your home construction or additions. You can even "see" what your design would look like with some of the 3D home design software. Not intended to replace the expertise and services of architects, these house plan software programs can help you decide what you really want.

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House plans and quality construction blueprints by architects will save you money and heartache in the long run. Gather photos and ideas and organize them to show and help your architect design exactly what you desire at less cost through clear communication and less time expended.

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Good communication with your contractor is vital. Keep a written record of any verbal exchanges. Communicate effectively with your contractors to maintain a good working relationship, and keep a paper trail of records to assist resolution should any problems arise.

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Construction requires you to get organized in advance to avoid costly changes and assure that your chosen amenities are the ones actually delivered. Keep your multiple decisions organized in a three ring binder with sections for each room that store all details for that room so that contractors and you can check back. Getting organized will eliminate very costly change orders as long as you stick to your decisions. Make changes during building and be prepared to pay the price!

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Never pay all of the money due for remodeling plans before the plans are complete. Once you give cash in advance for incomplete work, you lose all of your leverage. Upfront payment has left tens of thousands of people disappointed when the person never finished the job after being paid.

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Stairs must be designed and built to code. Stair treads should be 10 inches and the riser should be 7.5 inches to make what I believe are the perfect set of steps. When building stairs make sure what the elevation of the finished floor at the top and bottom of the staircase is. Adding a thick tile or hardwood floor could change the riser height causing safety hazards.

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