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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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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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