Archive | December, 2012

How much does it cost to build a house?

31 Dec

This is the main question after you have made a decision to get your own house built. Well, house can be built for less than $25,000 and it can cost you more than $500,000. It depends on many things: how big is your home, will you build it by yourself, choice of materials and building techniques etc. etc. etc…
An easy and fast way to get an idea about costings is comparison with new houses on sale in your local area. Look at newly constructed homes that are similar in size, style, quality, and features to the home you want. Take the price of the home, deduct the price of the land, and divide that amount by the square footage of the home.
For example, if the home is being sold for $200,000 and the land costs $30,000, then the construction cost is around $170,000. If the home is 2,000 square feet, then the cost per square foot is $85. Use several new homes in your area to get an approximate square footage price. After you have calculated an average square footage cost, you will multiply that cost by the finished square footage of your house plan to get a rough estimate.

More exact method would be calculating a construction budget item-by-item. Here’s a budget template to help you out.

The most expensive areas in a home are the bathrooms and the kitchen. The number of windows/doors and the size and quality of windows/doors can also affect the cost. Vaulted ceilings and high roof pitches can significantly increase the cost of a home.


Why Use Ganttic for Your Resource Management?

31 Dec
OK, so you’ve figured out that resource management is important.  But why is Ganttic’s software the right solution for your resource management responsibilities? Because when you work with Ganttic, you:

1.  Can take advantage of the “big picture”

Thanks to Ganttic’s layout, every resource and task is right on your computer screen.  As a result, you’ll never have to worry about any “surprises” or wonder how each department is doing.  Everything is right there, for every user to see.

Ganttic isn’t just for current projects, though.  You can use it to look ahead to employee schedules and future obligations so that you never wind up double-booking anyone or anything.

2.  Can make changes easily

If you can use a mouse, you can rearrange schedules or entire projects on Ganttic.  Whatever changes you need to make are as easy as dragging and dropping!  You don’t have to be an IT professional.  You don’t have to spend time training your staff how to use it.  You simply have to use the software and get to work!

And, since all of the changes you make on Ganttic will show up in every user account, you don’t have to worry about letting people know about most changes.  As soon as they log onto their account, they’ll know all about them instantly!

3.  Can make sure all of your expenses are covered

When it comes time to add up pay rates for everyone, Ganttic is just as effective as Microsoft Excel – only it doesn’t come with all of the confusing formulas and commands.  That way, you can make sure all of your employees are getting paid the way they’re supposed to, including all of the proper overtime rates.

4.  Can customize everything

Want to see all of your tasks laid out according to project?  No problem.  Or, you can look at all of your tasks according to the resources they’re using.

Want to color code certain projects and deadlines?  It’s easy to do.

Or, you can even set up a special tracking code so that you can figure out just how efficiently you’re working – or how many resources you’re using at a certain time.  That way, it’s easy to figure out where you can streamline things and improve your work time.

Simply put, no matter what you want to do with Ganttic, it’s as simple as making a few mouse clicks!