Q: What is the difference between a contractor and a subcontractor?
A: Using the system in this manual, you are considered the contractor (or sometimes called the general contractor), while the people that you hire to do the actual building are called your subcontractors. In some areas, you may also be referred to as an "owner-builder".
Q: I am not an expert in construction, so how can I build my own home?
A: If you follow the system in this guidebook, you do not need to be an expert in construction. Your subcontractors will be your hired experts in the construction process. Your subcontractors have specialized knowledge of building codes, construction methods, and construction materials that are used in your area. This book shows you how to use your subcontractors as your own hired experts. If you have questions on any particular area of the construction, just ask your hired expert in that area. After all, they will be working for you!
Q: I have a full-time job and a growing family. How am I supposed to build my own home and still keep my job and family responsibilities?
A: The home building system in this book is specifically designed for you keep your current job and still attend to your family responsibilities. You can do this because the experts and specialists that you hire (your subcontractors) will be doing all the actual construction work for you. You will probably not even pound a single nail.
But be aware you will be very busy planning, organizing, and coordinating the construction. During the construction process, you will not have a lot of free time, so you must be prepared to work hard and spend most of your spare time at your new homesite.
Q: I live in Canada. Does this book also apply to Canada?
A: Yes, this book is applicable to building a new home in the U.S. or Canada.
Q: Can I really save 30% if I build my own home with your system?
A: Of course you can. In fact, 30% is a typical and conservative estimate, and you will probably even save more. This is because when a builder charges you to build a home, they must also charge you for their profit and for the overhead expenses of their business. A builder's typical overhead expenses include their own salary, employee salaries, office expenses, rent, vehicle expenses, advertising, insurance, workers' compensation, employee benefits, telephone and computer expenses, and any other expense that the builder has in building your home. By being your own general contractor and using the process in this guidebook, you avoid these expenses and earn this extra 30% equity the instant you move into your new home.