There are home builders websites and links to find local builders near you.

Are you interested in choosing one of the available home builders to do the work for you or are you considering acting as the contractor for your own home's construction? Being your own contractor can be an effective method for lowering costs and assuring quality.

But beware - the unsuspecting and unprepared may wind up enduring long delays, mounting expenses, and sleepless nights.

You certainly will want to avoid some of the more common pitfalls of grabbing the self-contracting reins.

When looking for qualified builders in your area, use the power and speed of the internet to help you in your search.

For example, if you're searching for a Pocono new home builder or Tallahassee custom home builders - new construction, you can find prescreened companies online.

What you don't want to do is simply use local 'yellow pages' and select local businesses based on their phone book advertising.

A new home is the largest purchase most people ever make in their life. Use the information on yourdreamloghome.com to find the qualified people and companies that will be right for you.

Be knowledgeable of the differences between 'general contractors' and 'builders'. General contractors usually depend on subcontractors to actually do the work.

The work consists of various trades - excavation, foundation, concrete, masonry, framing, roofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, plastering, painting, landscaping and so on.

Larger contracting companies, on the other hand, generally have their own tradespeople that do the work.

In general, a company that is large enough to do most of the construction with its own employees will be some cheaper than a general contractor that hires subcontractors.

Always get references from past customers of any company you are considering doing business with - and speak with those customers, or visit them if possible. To read more about avoiding building pitfalls, see home builders and building tips.

Books about home builders and building...

The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home by Dave McGuerty and Kent Lester.

This practical construction resource explains the managing of the project including arranging the financing, selecting the site, how to work with your subs and concerns of a legal nature.

Each stage of the construction process is explained starting with the excavation to completing the landscaping.

Each stage includes the sequence of needed tasks. A list of construction specifications that you can use for your agreements with your subcontractors along with a checklist for inspecting the work accompanies the illustrations and text.

Dozens of forms that can be adapted to your project will save you valuable time and money as will the included project's critical path schedule. If you would like to see specific books about building a log home or log cabin, go to the log home books page.

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