There is a business called UBuildIt® Consultants in Greenville, S.C. that provides green home plans and construction consultants which help homebuilders with details from evaluating sites; choosing subcontractors, suppliers, materials, designers and architects; to resolving problems in building dream green homes. They do encourage improving air and water quality, reducing waste, and reducing operating costs. They state that most of their clients build up to 25 percent more home for their money by acting as their own building consultant and putting more money into labor and materials thereby being able to afford building it more green.
UBuildIt® will advise clients on the value of each type of national certification and the requirements for each certification level. That includes National American Home Builders (NAHB) bronze, silver, gold and emerald; International Code Council (ICC) 700 National Green Building Standards; and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver, gold and platinum levels based on “Sustainable Sites, Water Conservation, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.” You can choose the most energy efficient and sustainable materials and techniques like insulated concrete forms (ICF); solar, geothermal or in-floor heating and engineered or composite materials.
The services the Greenville office provides are:
- budget evaluation & assessment
- property location and/or evaluation
- referrals to preferred, cost-effective owner-builder lending sources
- designer or architect referrals & design development oversight
- impartial material & technology assessment
- construction planning, specification development & bidding
- technical & professional on-site consultations from start to finish
- access to proven, qualified & reliable subcontractors & suppliers
- 24/7 phone access & support
According to the website, there are currently 22 UBuildIt® projects in process in Upstate South Carolina. Ninety-five percent of their clients have no prior building experience. You do not have to use a hammer yourself. You mostly use the telephone, a computer and a planner for project management. On average, it will take about six to eight hours weekly to make the phone calls, pay the bills, and verify the work done. You pay the materials and subcontractors’ bills directly with no markup on labor and materials. You can create more equity by doing some work yourself if you want.
UBuildIt® charges a fixed fee based on the project’s size and complexity. If you need help with financing, the company can refer you to one of the many mortgage lenders they work with who know their building track record of creating homes worth more than the original mortgage amount. You control the money and monitor costs throughout the project. Start working with UBuildIt® before you buy your land or choose your plans to avoid mistakes.
One of the keys in building your own home is finding good subcontractors. UBuildit® has a good working relationship with local suppliers and subcontractors and knows those who provide quality products, workmanship and excellent service at competitive prices. If problems do arise, they are more apt to be resolved quickly and well so that those vendors maintain their good standing for the work volume they could lose if they do not get it right. You can use your own subcontractors if you so desire. UBuildIt® also works with green remodeling projects on existing homes.
Every month the cost of land and materials goes up so it is best to try to build as soon as you can. It could cost you thousands of dollars to wait. UBuildIt® has over twenty years of construction experience in the local community. The local business is owned by Robert Raditz who did an extensive renovation project on his North Main area home in Greenville. His UBuildIt® office is located at 439 Congaree Road, Greenville, S.C. 29607, 864.676.1113.
Watch the attached video on building or remodeling with UBuildIt® part one. There is also a part two on www.YouTube.com called “You Can Build Or Remodel Your Own Home – pt 2”.