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Cost of building a house

Connor Castillo
Posted May 14 2024, 05:56

Two questions:

1. I know there is a lot of variance, but what would be a good baseline threshold number to compare quotes for building a 5/5 house in Atlanta GA with average finishes nothing fancy?

2. If land is zoned for residential, can you build more than one “home” on that piece of land? 

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Joe Villeneuve
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Replied May 14 2024, 07:00

1 - What does it cost to buy a car with 4 wheels, a big engine, nothing fancy, in Atlanta, GA?  The definition of "average" can range from one extreme to another.  The only true way to price new construction is to design the basic plan, then price all the finishes from the least expensive to the most expensive options you would put in.  Not that you can find, but that you would put in.  Then, you decide on the combination of these finishes that works best for your taste and budget.  Then, and only then, will you get an accurate cost to build "your home".

2 - There are a number of different "residential" zoning types.  It depends on what that specific type is, how big the land is, and what the minimum size of land is required in that area.

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Replied May 14 2024, 07:09

@Connor Castillo

Conner, the answers you are looking for are really pretty simple to figure out.  Let's start with the second first.  

Land Zoned residential.  You need to contact the governing body that has jurisdiction over the zoning laws for either the incorporated or unincorporated of the county or city for the plot you are interested in building on.  They will be your best resource for that information.  While you're on the phone or interwebs with them ask about building permits, impact fees, and anything else that is required to be paid for building in on that lot or parcel.   That info will help answer question 1.  Those fee should be standard across the board and be the same or very close to the same for whatever you build.

Next you need to understand that usually the larger the property the cheaper it gets per SQFT.  Slab over Basement, Wood or Block,  Many factors come into play.  Do you have plans?  I would bid it out to a few GC and have the break down prices.  You then can cross reference the material cost with what they are charging you and average out what it should cost.  It simple to do, but it takes time and research.  Looking for an answer hear won't be very reliable unless you get someone local and very familiar with your exact area and has done what you're looking to do very recently.  

Best of luck

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