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, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
Do you have Champagne taste with a beer budget? Or can you order the full case of Champagne? No matter what you do, you need to start with a budget. Planning a house requires the same concept. Budgets help not only the home owner, but the contractors as well. It keeps everyone in sync.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • Posted September 5, 2013
So many times we get asked about changes during construction. When can you make them, what will they cost, what happens if you wait until later, etc. This can really start at the design stage if you stop to think about it. If you have plans in your head, then you see them on paper and it is not what you want – speak up.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • Posted August 23, 2013
Where do you start when looking for a Realtor or Builder? Both are similar in so many ways. So here are some simple steps and questions you might want to keep handy. What do you look and ask for when shopping for a Realtor? My first suggestion is to check out at least 3 different agents.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • Posted August 16, 2013
Real Estate and Home building crosses over many times. Being the owner of a Real Estate company and a General Contractor business, I see articles in some of my publication that relates to the other hat I wear. In this case, I was reading an article on my National Association of Realtors site that pertained to the 2013 Building trends.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 8, 2013
Why is a clean job site so important? As a builder, we take extra time to make sure our jobsites are always clean. This aids in safety and style of the builder. If we were building your house, would you like to come look at it with trash and debris all around it, stepping over boards and old food?
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 • Posted August 1, 2013
This weekend we were talking to someone that just said, bid low and make up the difference with change orders. Well, this made my blood boil. So many times I see builders presenting low bids and really question “How can they do that?” Only to know in the back of my mind, they will be hitting the customer up with more money.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 • Posted July 25, 2013
Walk and Talk is the perfect form of communication. You can walk and talk with your builder from the beginning of conception of your dream home. The land is a great place to start. Share your views with the builder and listen to the builders views too. I would suggest you walk and talk with your builder at every stage of construction. Starting at layout for location of your home.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 19, 2013
So you have decided to build, completed your design and plans, picked a builder and are ready to go. What do you do now? If you live close enough to the new construction site, you might want to watch the various stages of construction. The first stage is to pick the location for your home site on your land or lot.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • Posted July 11, 2013
How does one determine what bid to go with? First off, you should always get at least 3 bids on any job. Once the bids come in, you should review them carefully and ask each bidder/contractor to explain their bids. However, before you get to the bid process, it is critical that you give all bidders/contractors detailed and accurate plans and specifications.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 • Posted July 5, 2013
Want some weekend projects that could be quick and give your home a facelift? We all like a little change now and then. And there are a few things you might be able to do in a couple days that can give your home that slight change you have been wanting.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 • Posted June 27, 2013
Thinking about selling your home, but you think you need to remodel it first? Stop…don’t spend money to remodel before you sell. Putting on my real estate hat, I have people ask me all the time if they need to remodel prior to listing their home. If your home needs paint, then just think about putting a coat of paint on your home to sell it.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 • Posted June 20, 2013
So many times we get asked the question “Do we need to find an Architect to design and draw our home?”, and my answer is NO. Most builders can design and draw your home for you. Why pay all the extra fees? Personally, I know if we design and draw your home, we give you that as a credit back if you have us build it.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 • Posted June 13, 2013
Build favorable to the area. So what exactly does this mean? First off, it is just an opinion. What do you think when you are driving through a neighborhood and you see a house with a flat roof painted purple and all the other homes are hill country style in neutral colors and stone?
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • Posted June 6, 2013
Summer time is here. Time to do some things around the house if you have not already. There are maintenance items and always that list of “I Want.” For maintenance, you should have scheduled a check up for the A/C. Get it checked out, coolant added, system cleaned, etc. You might need to reverse those ceiling fans too.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 • Posted May 29, 2013
There is a lot of planning in a new home. First, need to draw or find your plans for your home, and settle on a builder. Once we get that established there are other major steps to complete. Let’s break down some of those steps needed prior to starting the actual construction. Drawings have been completed and you have a builder lined up.