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This year we embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. We built our first custom home – our dream home.

Having talked to many couples who have gone through the same process, we knew we were in for some stressful times. Along the way, we managed to find several tips for saving money and wanted to pass some of these dollar saving tricks on to you.

Are you building a house soon? If so, take a breath, grab a notepad, and hang on–it’s going to be a bumpy ride. And remember: what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Husbands, another piece of advice: The wife is always right. Always. Trust me. 🙂

Now, let’s go build your dream home and save some money while you do it.

1. Selling Your Own Home Without a Realtor
If you have the time and you lived in a desired neighborhood, consider selling your house For Sale By Owner (FSBO).

That way you pocket the proceeds and avoid paying the 6% realtor commission. We started this direction because we weren’t in a rush to sell the house. We also felt that we lived in a “high demand” neighborhood, and felt that a For Sale sign in the front yard would do the trick.