Is it cheaper to build your own house?

For years, I’ve been hearing that it’s cheaper to build your own home than buy one. But is this true? If so, how much would you save and what are some of the hidden costs associated with building a small home? Read on for more information.

It is cheaper to build a small home than buy a small home.

If you’re planning to build a small home, it’s important to know that the cost of building a small home often comes out less than buying one. Here are some reasons why:

  • Building your own house is cheaper because you can do it yourself. If you hire professionals to help with the design and construction of your new abode, this can be an added expense. However, if you have some DIY skills under your belt (or even just basic carpentry skills), then building yourself is going to save money on labor costs and make for a more personal experience overall.
  • Building from scratch allows for complete customization so that every inch of space serves its purpose without being wasted on things like non-working appliances or extraneous rooms that don’t get used frequently enough by the owner(s). If you buy an existing house instead of constructing one yourself, then most likely those “wasted” areas will still exist when they could’ve been put toward something better suited for how much time/money was spent getting them up and running in the first place (and it would’ve been easier too!).
  • Purchasing land is expensive depending on where exactly within Canada or wherever else around world where live currently located; however buying pre-fabricated materials online means paying only shipping costs which tends not as high as purchasing land outright would cost per square foot basis due

You may be able to build a small home for less than you’d pay in rent.

  • Build a smaller home. We’re not suggesting you build yourself a tiny house, but it is possible to save money by building a home that’s significantly smaller than the average American home. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average size new home was 2,478 square feet in 2015—but if you’re planning on living alone or with one other person and don’t need all that space, why pay for it?
  • Build an energy-efficient home. The more energy efficient your house is, the less you’ll spend on utilities every month—and some of these savings can be used toward building costs! Plus, according to Energy Star’s website: “A well-designed energy efficient home can save you thousands of dollars over its lifetime.”
  • Build a durable roofing material with longevity in mind (not just cost). Asphalt shingles may seem like they’d last forever—but many homeowners have found themselves replacing them before they planned due to weather damage and wear & tear from rainwater runoff over time! If you’re looking for something more sustainable than asphalt shingles but still affords durability against harsh elements like windstorms or hail storms (even though these are less common than rainwater runoff), consider installing architectural metal roofs instead! These come in both flat and curved styles so there’s something for everyone looking at ways where they could save money while doing things right when building their own homes from scratch!

Buying land and building will cost about the same as buying an equivalent house.

Buying land and building your own home will cost about the same as buying an equivalent house. In many areas, land prices are high and land is not included in the price of a house. If you can afford to buy land or build your own home, it can be cheaper than buying an existing property.

Building your own home will let you build in more value than you can buy an existing house for.

The answer is yes—but not without some major caveats.

If you build your own home, you can get exactly what you want out of it. You can design a house that fits with your lifestyle and needs. You can build a house that is more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than many houses on the market today. You can even build the most durable structure possible so that it will last for decades to come.

There are some hidden costs to building your own home.

There are some hidden costs to building your own home.

The cost of building a house is not just the cost of materials, but also labour and planning fees that may be required when you are in the early stages of getting your project approved. These can include paying for your plot, planning permission and building control. You may also need to pay for utilities if you’re buying them separately from your land purchase.

The numbers are close, but building your own home may save you money in the long run.

Costs of building your own home:

The average cost of building a new house in the U.S. is $245,000, according to HomeAdvisor. This includes labor and materials, but not financing costs or land costs (since this is an existing home). That’s roughly $20,000 more than it would cost to buy an existing home with that same price tag. And unlike buying a pre-existing structure, you will have to pay for all the work yourself—the electrician who wires your lights and outlets; the plumber who installs your faucets and pipes; even the painter whose brush strokes transform bare walls into something beautiful (and maybe even worth showing off on Instagram).

Building an existing home vs buying one: Building from scratch may seem like an expensive endeavor at first glance because you’ll be putting together all the pieces yourself without any help from contractors or carpenters—but there are ways to save money down the line when compared with purchasing a property already built. For example: You could hire someone else do some of those tasks for you instead! An experienced “handyman” can usually do just about anything related to construction projects around your house at reasonable rates if they’re contacted early enough before starting work so that they can plan out their schedule accordingly (and let them know beforehand if there’s anything specific that needs doing).


Building your own home is a big commitment, but it can be worth it. The key is to keep an eye on the long term when considering whether or not building your own home is cheaper than buying one. It’s also important to weigh your options carefully before deciding which route might be best for you—after all, there are other factors besides cost involved in choosing whether or not building is right for you!