Frequently Asked Questions

1. What exactly is an "owner builder"?

An owner builder is defined as a person who acts as their own general contractor on their own building project on their own land.

2. Do I need a license to build my own home?

No, as long as you are the person named on the deed of the land, the building permit (if required) may be purchased by you.

3. How much of the work can I do myself?

You may do any of the work yourself, provided there are no local codes against it.  Some entities require licensed professionals to install some systems.

4. How can I find all the subcontractors I will need?

The best approach is to locate the subs that are currently working in your area and doing new house construction.  You will find your best pricing in this scenario.  The seminar has additional tips for locating and working with subs.

5. If I build my own house, do I have to pay taxes on the equity/profit I earn?

If you live in the house for 24 months or longer, there is no tax due when you sell.

6. Can't I do the research and find all this info online?

Not possible.  Besides all the time you would have to spend, consider the fact that no other source has the experience or credentials of Master Builder Steve Jones.  He is a builder before he is a contractor, and has mastered the trades one at a time over a successful four decades long career.

7. Will I learn how to do any of the trades such as plumbing or electrical?

No, "A Primer for Homebuilders" is a complete overview of a modern day housebuilding project, demonstrating the procedure followed by a professional builder.  Whereas many details and tips are discussed,  the seminar should be viewed as an "overview" and not a "how to".

8. Should I hire a supervisor or consultant when I build?

Ideally no.  The owner builder concept is all about eliminating as many people as possible throughout the process.  After completing the seminar, you will be able to make a more informed decision

9. How long does it take to build a house?

Generally between 4 and 12 months.  The time to completion is dependent on many things, such as size of the project, weather, financing considerations and others.

10. Will I have to spend a lot of money to find out if my project is viable?

Definitely not.  Steve will show you how to plan and organize your project at absolute minimal expense.  You don't have to currently own the parcel of land you are considering to fully investigate the possibilities.