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Owner-Builder Risks

There are a number of important issues to consider before beginning a construction job as an "owner-builder." This section guides you through some of the legal obligations and risks you face.

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What is an Owner-Builder?

This section defines what an owner-builder is and the laws surrounding the practice.

Owner-Builder Responsibilities

This section outlines the job responsibilities of a property owner when they decide to handle their own construction projects as an owner-builder.

Owner-Builder Risks

This section presents some additional issues that should be taken into consideration before deciding to become an owner-builder.

Alert symbol ALERT: Be wary of "consultants" or unlicensed individuals who will try to talk you into becoming an owner-builder as a way to save money. They are usually the ones who illegally profit from this arrangement.