Labor costs vary with plumbers, electricians, heating contractors, carpenters, dry-wallers, flooring installers, and painters. In order to cut costs, a builder may hire the low-bid contractor, an approach that when repairs and resale are considered may end up costing you more. A builder has more quality control by building with their own employees and enjoying long-standing relationships with quality subcontractors.

As a buyer in today’s highly competitive new home marketplace, it is important to understand the often misleading and confusing “price per square foot” quandary.

Cost per square foot seems like a very fair way to compare prices and builders but with all of the variables the number itself can be used in a misleading way by an unscrupulous builder!