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Home Construction Cost Per Square Foot

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What is the home construction costs per square foot for a new home? This old age question seems to always pop up when the talk of building a new home comes up. People love to ask this question and you can’t blame them.

Home Construction Cost Per Square Foot

But just as no one can look into a crystal ball and tell your future, no one, including the best home builder or contractor, can tell you exactly what the home construction costs per square foot will be without knowing all the details and doing research. Home constructions costs per square foot depend on the area of the country, the type of home, the shape of the home, the flooring, the cabinetry and many other items to long to list here. In most cases, the exact home construction costs per square foot may not be known until the end of the project.

A reputable home builder or contractor will be able to give you an idea as to how much a home you’re thinking about might cost. Here is an example of how a home builder or contractor might give you a ballpark estimate: If the cost of a 2,000 square foot home is $85 per square foot for medium finishes, then the ballpark construction cost for the home would be 85 x 2,000 which equals $170,000. The cost only represents what the home itself costs to build. That number does not take into consideration site preparation, fees, permits or extras such as a swimming pool or tennis courts.

In the end, the only way to truly get the home construction costs per square foot from a home builder or contractor is to create a detailed construction specification list that details exactly how your home is going to be built and what materials will be used. This allows the builder or contractor to give you an estimate based on facts and not just a ballpark figure. This is also important when getting competing estimates since you want everyone bidding on apples to apples.

Again, the most accurate way to figure out home construction cost per square foot is to put together a detailed home construction specification sheet.

Now let’s recap…

Home Construction Cost Per Square Foot Overview:

1. A home builder or contractor can not tell you the home construction costs per square foot without having exact details.
2. A home builder or contractor will be able to give you an idea as to how much home construction costs per square foot might be – but it’s only a ballpark figure.
3. The only way to truly get the home construction costs per square foot from a home builder or contractor is to create a detailed construction specification list that details exactly how your home is going to be built and what materials will be used.
4. Learn more about home construction costs per square foot by downloading the free new home Steps Guide above on the right hand side and become savvy on the overall home building process.

Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck with your home building endeavors.

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