Cabin Living - - Editor’s View -

n ad­di­tion to real es­tate agents, builders can prove in­valu­able to your prop­erty search. Builders are of­ten lo­cal to the area and can pro­vide in­sight to many facets of the build­ing process, so it is cru­cial to get this team mem­ber on board as early in the process as pos­si­ble.

Many prospec­tive cabin own­ers fall in love with a par­tic­u­lar home plan and pur­chase a lot with­out re­al­iz­ing that it’s ill-suited to that de­sign — some­times with am­ple costs to make the land work with their vi­sion. A qual­i­fied builder can spot th­ese is­sues quickly.

Builders may also be able to weigh in on cost dif­fer­en­tials on what ap­pear to be two com­pa­ra­ble lots. A $40,000 lot and a $50,000 lot may not seem that dis­sim­i­lar on pa­per, for ex­am­ple, but the im­prove­ments re­quired on the cheaper par­cel could out­weigh the up­front dis­count. As you get close to mak­ing an of­fer on a piece of prop­erty, ask your builder to walk it with you to ad­dress po­ten­tial prob­lems.

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