The road towards becoming your own contractor can seem daunting and intimidating in the beginning.  With the rights tools and information though, you can join the ranks of thousands upon thousands of people that have acted as their own contractor on either their new home construction or remodel project.  Here are some basic articles (organized into categories) to help you take that very first step towards being your own contractor!


GENERAL BE YOUR OWN CONTRACTOR ARTICLES

Basic Construction Tool List

Decision Making Checklist

The Land is Perfect But There is No Water

Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying Land

Will Your Soil Want Your Septic Tank?

Evaluating the Schedule

Find an Ally on the Board

Delays and Mistakes:  When to Pull the Plug

Subcontractors Who Aren’t Reliable

Common Construction Delays

No Easy Access to the Construction Site

Rough Neighbors

Lumber Stacking Guidelines

Material Availability and Supplier Reliability

Creating a Goal Matrix


FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Building Your Credit Score

The Financial Cost of Being Your Own Contractor

The Difference Between Overhead and Profit


DESIGN ARTICLES

Guidelines for Finding the Right Architect/Designer for the Job

Overreaching Architects

Simple Details for Green Design

Bring the Inside Out and the Outside In


REMODELING ARTICLES

Common Air Leaks and How To Fix Them

Environmentally Friendly Flooring Options

20 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient


FOR PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS

Arbitration and Attorney Fees Clause in Your Contract

Basic Marketing for Contractors

Construction Trailer Tips

When Things Go Wrong: Lawsuits, Arbitration, and Lousy Clients