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“We Ended Up Getting Exactly What We Wanted.”

UBuildIt Case Study: Bob & Angie Peck in Jessamine County, Kentucky

Project Type

Custom Home

Key Stats

Home Cost: $332, 000

Appraised At: $389,000

Instant Equity: $57,000

Bob & Angie Peck knew from the start they wanted to build their home themselves. The savings of doing it this way would allow for upgrades, particularly in making the home more energy-efficient.

Here’s their story, in their own words:

On why they chose UBuildIt:

“We didn’t have the budget to buy the home we really wanted, so we decided to do it ourselves, with the help of UBuildIt, of course! We ended up getting exactly what we wanted, and even included several upgrades we never would have added otherwise.”

On what was the best part of being their own builder:

“We enjoyed being involved every step of the way, including doing some of the work ourselves…The whole family pitched in to paint the interior walls and complete the exterior landscaping."

On how the upgrades they did will continue to save them money:

“Because of the savings on the home, we were able to upgrade the energy efficiency in several areas… so, the home not only cost us less to build, it will cost us less to operate for years to come."

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“Every Subcontractor Suggested By UbuildIt Was Excellent.”

UBuildIt Case Study: Bruce & Linda Booher in Spokane, Washington

Project Type

Custom Home

Key Stats

Home Cost: $533,490

Appraised At: $685,000

Instant Equity: $151,510

Bruce & Linda Booher had previously had a custom home built using a builder. This time, they decided they could do it themselves – as long as they had the right help.

Here’s their story, in their own words:

On what makes being your own builder challenging, and how UBuildIt helped:

“The single most important aspect of building your own home is the extensive planning needed prior to commencing construction. UBuildIt spends a great deal of time and effort on this planning phase… the process UBuildIt utilizes coupled with their in-depth knowledge of local subcontractors was excellent.”

On the importance of managing subcontractors:

“As the General Contractor/Project Manager, it was our job to define our needs and expectations and schedule and hire the subcontractors that could deliver. The support and guidance from UBuildIt in suggesting subcontractors and in scheduling was invaluable.”

On if they would use UBuildIt again:

“We would definitely build again, and we would use UBuildIt… every subcontractor suggested by UBuildIt was excellent. In every case, they delivered on-time and as bid.”

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“I Don’t See That We Would Have Gotten This Home Any Other Way.”

UBuildIt Case Study: Charlie & Shelby Yao in Bellaire, Texas

Project Type

Custom Home

Key Stats

Home Cost: $897,000

Appraised At: $1,180,000

Instant Equity: $283,510

Charlie & Shelby Yao had a vision of their perfect home for years. It turns out UBuildIt was the exact right choice to realize this dream home.

Here’s their story, in their own words:

On why they chose to be their own builder:

“We had our “perfect dream house” in our minds for many years and wanted to build it exactly the way we wanted it… plus, we felt like we could get more home for our money doing it ourselves, which turned out to be true.”

On why they didn’t feel comfortable tackling this project alone:

“We had no prior building experience, so we felt like we needed consultation and assistance in issue resolution and wanted control of the building process and selection and budgeting and options.”

On what they thought of the results:

“Building our own home turned out to be more work than we anticipated, but the process was very enjoyable from start to finish. The finished product is exactly what we wanted. I don’t see that we would have gotten this home any other way. Thank you UBuildIt!”

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“We Finished With Almost $200,000 Of Equity!”

UBuildIt Case Study: Sean & Kim Thompson in Nicholasville, Kentucky

Project Type

Custom Home

Key Stats

Home Cost: $728,000

Appraised At: $903,000

Instant Equity: $175,510

Sean & Kim Thompson had built 3 previous homes, but this time they decided on UBuildIt to get more for their budget and to “make sure everything got done like we wanted.”

Here’s their story, in their own words:

On how choosing UBuildIt allowed them to afford things they couldn’t with previous homes:

“We had a limited budget when we built our other homes, so we didn’t get all we wanted. With UBuildIt’s discounts we could afford a larger floor plan and all the finishing packages that we wanted."

On how working with UBuildIt made managing subcontractors much easier:

“Working with subcontractors would have been the hardest, but thankfully UBuildIt handled that part for us really well. When we built our other homes, getting good subcontractors and getting them to show up when promised is always a challenge.”

On how they’d describe their experience with UBuildIt:

“We are by no means professional builders, but our UBuildIt representative gave us an education and guidance through the building process. We even enjoyed doing some of the work ourselves. We finished with almost $200,000 of equity!”

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Cost Just Over $200,000 To Build,
Appraises For Over $300,000 When Finished

Quick Case Study: Brian & Tiffany Roberson

Project Type

Custom Home

Key Stats

Home Cost: $206,000

Appraised At: $305,000

Instant Equity: $99,000

Brian & Tiffany Roberson wanted to move to the country, so their children could enjoy the outdoors. Not only did they get that, they also got a home that appraised for one-third more than it cost to build!

What They Did & How They Felt:

Upgrades

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Great Contractor Recommendations From UBuildIt,
And A Finished Home They Love

Quick Case Study: Hank & Dru Lepore

Project Type

Custom Home

Key Stats

Home Cost: $381,000

Appraised At: $425,000

Instant Equity: $44,000

Hank & Dru Lepore knew they wanted to build themselves, but they were also scared of all the things they didn’t know about the process. UBuildIt turned out to be the exact guide they needed.

What They Did & How They Felt:

Upgrades

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“It Was All Fun. We Would Do It Again.”

UBuildIt Case Study: Mick & Julie Whiteaker in Mill Creek, Washington

Project Type

Major Remodel, Including Kitchen, Living Room, & Bathroom

You sometimes hear homeowners talk about the stress of remodeling, but that’s not how Mick & Julie Whiteaker felt about their huge remodeling project completed in partnership with UBuildIt. They told us afterward: “It was all fun. We would do it again.”

Here’s their story, in their own words:

On how choosing UBuildIt gave them confidence to take on this major remodel:

“UBuildIt provided the expertise and flexibility that allowed us to manage and participate in our project… they gave us the confidence to manage such a large process and the expertise to assist in selecting the right subcontractors and provided a framework so that work could proceed in the most appropriate order.”

On how much equity they added to their home:

“Our appraisal before the remodel was $400,000. We invested $150,000 into the remodeling project. The appraised value after the remodel is $750,000-$825,000.”

On how they could get more for their money by partnering with UBuildIt:

“The money saved in managing this project ourselves along with the UBuildIt Consultants, allowed us to take on a project of greater scope than we could have if we had used a general contractor.”

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“They Were So Great At Helping Us Track Expenses,
Stay On Schedule & Answer All Our Questions.”

UBuildIt Case Study: Kristi & Jeff Oberlander in Seattle, Washington

Project Type

Major Remodel, Including Kitchen, Living Room, & Adding A Deck

Kristi & Jeff Oberlander were thrilled with the results of their remodel, and they also loved that UBuildIt’s consulting help them accurately budget the project.

Here’s their story, in their own words:

On why they chose UBuildIt:

“To keep the cost down and having access to experienced, reliable contractors with a good reputation gave us confidence that we could do the coordination with some guidance.”

On how controlling costs was key to the success of their remodeling project:

“We were very impressed with how accurate the estimate was from UBuildIt. They were so great at helping us track expenses, stay on schedule and answer all of our questions and concerns.”

On the communication between them and UBuildIt’s team:

“The communication was great. There was always someone to pick up immediately on the other end of the line or call back right away. They have an experienced, cohesive team and everyone we worked with at UBuildIt was very customer centric and had a great attitude.”

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