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Anyone with experience building a custom home? In negotiations and just seeing if anyone has friendly/helpful advice or lessons learned to share before I’m out if the option period.

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We ended up going with a cost plus builder, which was great for us because it allowed us to customize everything. We picked our architect and builder based on interviews and references but honestly also a little based on whether I thought they’d be someone I could trust and who would tell me if I was making a mistake. The process was less stressful than I thought it’d be because of our awesome builder. DM me if you have specific questions - we moved into our new house last fall and honestly it just feels like the perfect house for us - we are so happy here!

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My custom home contract included allowances for appliances and furnishings as well as landscaping. Suggest you get statements from builder that itemize each allowance item selected with cost in case the subs later file a lien against you the buyer for a grievance they have with builder/prime

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Be comfortable with your general contractor; if you are both on the same page with your vision and budget, life will be good

Did you negotiate the builder's fee at all? If so, how much? Any other tips for saving money?

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