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Miscellaneous Tips on Building
A Paragon Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014 1:45 PM

After talking to both Real Estate clients and potential clients that want to build this past week, I just thought about a couple things to pass on.

First if you want to build, here are a few things to think about. Designs; do you have your plans or do you need to have them drawn up? If you need to have them drawn up, check with your builder first. Most builders can draw them or have someone on staff that handles this. It truly can save you thousands of dollars. If you go to an architect, you will have to pay them. Nine times out of ten, you and the builder will find things that need to be changed. Your builder is hands on and can make a lot of suggestions. Materials; Going to build traditional or incorporate some of the green or high energy items? So much out there to review and select from. Research this or ask your builder the pros and cons to use something you’ve read about. Some things are better used in other parts of the US verses your local area. Cost to Build; this is the most common question and hardest to answer. A builder normally has a range they have built in. But your home might call for some higher end items that cause the price per square foot to go up. The location of your home, slopeage of land, utilities, materials, etc all play a factor in the price.

Second if you need help in finding land to build on, there are many things to consider. City, town, subdivisions, rural, ranch, etc. There are restrictions in most subdivision. Being in a big city verses a small town is a biggie. Rural lots or land are nice, but think about what might be around you. Some have no restrictions and can cause your value to go down. Ranches are nice if you go that route. If you are looking for a ranch, you might want to ask about Easements, minerals, warranty deeds, etc. I was recently working with folks to find a ranch to build a home on that did not have any easements across it. These can be roads, electrical, or pipelines. Check out the future electrical lines with LCRA too. The land might not have it, but have a proposed area. Minerals might convey, but you never know how much until a title search has been done. Not that Minerals are a big item now until you are in one of those hot booming areas. One of the other things we were having a hard time finding, to build a home where you see no roof lines, electrical lines, roads, and fences. Well, even on 300 acres you might have a hard time. You sure can’t build on top of a hill anymore, you will see roofs.

Times are changing for small towns. The city is coming out to them, and people are bringing the city with them. Funny how so many people want to leave the big cities only to bring it with them. Most people move from the big city to get away. I must hear this once a week. And I hear the frustrations of how no one cares. When you build, take your neighbor into account. They just might be an original town folk or they could just be getting away from that big town too.

For ALL Your Real Estate and Building needs or questions, call Debbie at (830) 833-4249 / (713)818-6658 or

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