Since the building industry commonly quotes prices per square foot of building area, PMHI is commonly asked for our cost per square foot. However, we don't arrive at our prices by the square foot. We enter the total wall length, number of windows and so on into our proprietary software program. In turn, it generates the price for that specific panelized building kit. We find that our system provides better pricing for our customers and better cost control. We are proud of our prices and that's why we publish our price list on our website.
The PMHI panelized building kit is only a small part of the total building cost. On average our building kits are about 25% - 35% of the total building cost. Actual building costs can vary depending upon building site specifics. For example, snow loads and building on sloping lots will increase building costs. This estimate doesn't include land, utilities, site work, landscaping or building fees.
In order to help our customers identify building cost beyond the PMHI building kit PMHI has developed a proprietary computer program that we call the 'Construction Cost Estimator'. Our local PMHI dealer have this program and are ready to help you generate an anticipated construction estimate. No other company provides this much information before you build.
Another helpful tool is a 'Construction Cost Breakdown'. This is part of the paperwork that a construction lender requires to get a loan. It lists the most common budget items used for a building project. It can look difficult but usually you would complete it with the help on your sub-contractors and local PMHI representative.
While some of our customers build the complete home themselves, most operate as an owner-managers. They hire licensed subcontractors to do the work they've chosen not to do themselves.
Finding and hiring the best contractors for your new project can be difficult. However, once again, our local PMHI dealer can help. They maintain a list of sub-contractors that can help you with any aspect of your project. Since our representatives realize that these contractors will have a great effect upon our customers experience with our product, it's important that they are held to a high standard. In fact, these contractors can only maintain a spot on the local referral list if they maintain a high level of customer satisfaction.