Using cost per SF or free online estimators may be entertaining but they get you WRONG results. Home-Cost provides easy GUARANTEED accuracy.
Home-Cost allows you to vary home design and quality assumptions to get guaranteed accurate results!
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Please note that using “rules of thumb” such as average construction cost per SF will always exclude some design scope and will never reflect your specific design cost.
Garbage in / garbage out is an axiom that's true when it comes to estimating the cost to build a house. Relying on cost per SF estimates will end in frustration and over-budget conditions. Home-Cost provides you the tools needed to successfully align your budget, design scope & quality expectations.
In a Home-Cost survey of custom home projects ranging from $260,000 to $1,600,000 (in 2017 dollars), 94% of the projects were initially over budget. The average initial over-budget amount was $160,000 or 31%. Home-Cost then allowed the client budgets to be met by adjusting design scope and quality.
Basically just conversation. They are inaccurate and misleading because they cannot reflect YOUR HOME DESIGN. Cost per SF “rules of thumb” are based on averages, undefined assumptions, inconsistent construction market conditions and inconsistent scopes of work and quality expectations.
Free estimate websites may give you the impression they can budget your house, but none will guarantee their results. Their goal is to sell you a house plan or costing book. Relying on faulty free estimates can cost you thousands later on in the construction process. Only Home-Cost is guaranteed.
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