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December 18, 2023

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    Homeownership can be done in several ways. And whichever course of action you take, one thing is certain: prepare to spend a significant amount of money. 

    That being said, are you planning on building a house in Nebraska? 

    You are on the right page then. This article covers everything you need to know about new home construction, from how much you will spend on labor to how much you will spend on labor.

    • If you plan on building a custom home, then prepare to spend roughly between $300 to $500 per square foot.
    • The median cost of building a house in Nebraska ranges between $89 to $132 per square foot. Or $110 per square foot for basic construction.
    • Before you plan on building one, it is crucial to assess everything first you will need in order to realize.
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    Is It Cheaper to Build a House or Buy a Prebuilt Home?

    No matter the method, homeownership is indeed a financially overwhelming endeavour. Building a house from scratch in Nebraska, for instance, is slightly expensive compared to when you purchase an existing home or a pre-built structure in a housing development. 

    That said, the average cost of building a house from scratch runs around $450,000 (or higher) for a standard house structure. And that’s $150,000 more than buying an existing home, which generally cost around $285,000. However, if you plan on building a custom home, then prepare to spend a minimum of $350,000 and a maximum of $1.5 million or more—roughly between $300 to $500 per square foot. 

    On the other hand, purchasing a pre-built structure in a housing development project is cheaper to a slight extent. The average ranges between $100,000 to $1.5 million.

    The Average Cost of Building a House in Nebraska

    House construction cost varies depending on a number of aspects that are heavily influenced by a certain state or city’s cost of living. A few of these factors include the value of the land, labor fee, and the size, style, and design of the house.

    That being said, if you take a look at Nebraska’s economic status, the cost of living is not that high. And per ProMatcher, the median cost of building a house in Nebraska ranges between $89 to $132 per square foot. Or $110 per square foot for basic construction. 

    Is that cheap?

    Definitely, as the average cost for house construction across the country is between $100 and $200 per square foot. Or roughly between $120,000 and $450,000. On the other hand, if you plan on building a custom house, then expect the amount to go as high as $400 per square foot. 

    Average Cost Per City

    The average cost of home construction differs as well in every city in Nebraska. So, to give you a brief idea, we listed down below the estimated median cost of building a house in the state’s four major cities.

    CityAverage Cost (per sq. ft.)
    Omaha$87 to $130
    Lincoln$88 to $131
    Hastings$92 to $137
    Lexington$92 to $136

    Average Cost Per Square Foot

    The value of a standard or an entry-level house of 1,000 square foot is typically around $149,000. It is quite small in terms of size but with the right house plan and builder, it can already provide three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

    It comes with a modest set of furnishings as well, including kitchen cabinets and carpeted or linoleum flooring. A few basic appliances such as a fridge, a stove, a microwave, and a dishwasher are included too. 

    For a 1,400 square foot mid-level or comfort house, on the other hand, the usual cost starts at $220,000. It comes with a three bedroom, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage that is slightly larger than the standard type.

    Aside from that, a mid-level house includes a good number of furnishings already as well as interior and exterior wall paint. It comes with high-end fixtures too, and a small front and back porch. 

    Lastly, a 1,700 square foot high-end house costs around $240,000. Overall, it comes with four bedrooms, three huge bathrooms, a two-car garage, and a walkout deck placed above the master bedroom.

    It includes a great number of appliances and furnishings already as well, including stove, oven, microwave, flooring, and painted walls. But on top of that, such an amount could build an eco-friendly home already by simply adding special sheetrock and window installations. 

    Average Cost Per Region

    The median cost of building a house per region across the US varies as well. Here’s a list of an estimated price.

    RegionAverage Price (per sq. ft.)

    House Construction Cost Breakdown

    Numerous factors could influence the average price of new house construction. Starting from the land price down to house amenities, all of these would steadily modify the total cost of building a house. 

    That said, below is an in-depth breakdown of new home construction in Nebraska.

    Materials will occupy the largest chunk of the overall new home construction. Generally, it takes at least 50%—or roughly $50 per square foot—of the entire total spending. And it will mostly depend on the size of the house as well as the quality of the material.

    Take wall sidings for example. Sidings are available in varying types of materials. Some are basic in terms of design, and some are high-end looking. As a result, some are cheaper compared to others too.

    A standard vinyl siding, for example, is relatively lower in price compared to other kinds of sidings such as stone, hardwood, and aluminium. Its price ranges between $2 to $5 per square foot only, which is 10x cheaper compared to luxurious types. A stone, for instance, costs between $35 to $50 per square foot.

    Having said that, below are the basic house construction materials along with their average market price. 

    MaterialAverage Price
    Concrete$1,000 to $10,000
    Lumber$25,000 to $65,000
    Flooring$1 to $5 per square foot
    Drywall$10 per sheet
    Roofing$1,000 to $3,000
    Siding$2 to $15 per square foot
    Insulation$0.10 to $1 per square foot

    Apart from materials, the structure’s foundation and framing will take a large part of the overall house construction too. Usually, the cost ranges between $4,000 and $25,000 which covers works like excavation, pouring and back filling, form settings, as well as retaining walls or additional landscaping to prevent foundation-damaging problems such as flooding. 

    But such an amount applies to structures with no basements only. And if you wish to add a standard basement, prepare to spend an additional $10 to 100 per square foot; roughly between $10,000 and $30,000. 

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    On the other hand, if you want to turn your basement into a living space rather than the usual storage area, then prepare to spend an average of $110 to $300 per square foot. 

    On the other hand, if you want to turn your basement into a living space rather than the usual storage area, then prepare to spend an average of $110 to $300 per square foot. 

    Other than the substructure, you will have to spend on your house frame too. The estimated cost of assembling a house is typically influenced by the size of the house. But on average, expect to spend between $20,000 to $50,000. Such an amount covers the whole house’s frame already and sometimes, contractors provide additional construction services like door and window installations, and even subfloor installation. 

    House finishing will occupy a good chunk of your overall house construction cost too. The cost, however, is dependent on the degree of the finishing you wish to employ in your future home. 

    A minimalist type of finishing for both exterior and interior, for instance, would cost you around $90 per square foot on average. On the other hand, a high-end type of finishing would cost you between $100 to $1,000 per square foot.

    That said, below is a brief summary of how much you will spend for both exterior and interior finishing.

    Exterior Finishing

    Exterior finishing, as its name suggests, covers all aspects that makes the outer part of a structure. This includes the walls, doors, windows, roof, and sidings. Overall, the average amount you will spend on these will be around $35,000. 

    Here’s a brief cost breakdown for exterior finishing:

    FinishAverage Price
    Roof$3,200 to $9,000
    Doors$1,200 to $3,200
    Windows$5,000 to $10,000
    Sidings$4,800 to $11,100

    Interior Finishing

    For interior finishing, on the other hand, the total spending could run up to $71,000 or more, depending on the degree. It is usually twice—or even thrice for high-end interiors—the total amount you will spend on the exterior finishing, so it is important that you have yourself financially prepared. 

    Essentially, it covers everything you will find inside the house, including flooring, appliances, fixtures, and insulation.

    Here’s a brief breakdown for interior finishing:

    FinishAverage Price
    Tile$800 to $5,000
    Flooring$1,400 to $13,800
    Appliances$3,500 to $15,000
    Plumbing fixtures$150 to $350 each
    Insulation$900 to $2,200
    Fireplace$1,400 to $2,500
    Kitchen Cabinets$3,200 to $8,500

    There are several factors that could influence the overall labor cost. The size of the house, your contractor’s credibility and purchasing power, as well as the complexity of your house’s design are just a few examples. 

    But on average, labor fee takes at least 30% to 60% of the overall construction cost. And that is equivalent to $70, 000 and more. 

    But do take note that a state or city’s cost of living could also affect the overall pay for labor. In New York, for example, the charge for construction services is significantly higher compared to states like Kentucky and Texas. You will have to consider what type of house you are building too. If it is custom built, then expect to spend more than what you will spend on modular houses. 

    Having said that, below is an estimated cost for each labor in Nebraska:

    • Framer rate: $7 to $16 per square foot
    • Construction manager: $3,000 to $50,000
    • Roofing rate: $5,000 to $10,000
    • Electrician: $50 to $100 per hour
    • Plumber: $45 to $200 per hour
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    The Verdict

    Homeownership is no easy feat. And building one rather than purchasing an existing home or a pre-built structure is indeed financially overwhelming. As such, before you plan on building one, it is crucial to assess everything first you will need in order to realize. And this includes the estimated cost you will spend on every part of the construction. 

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    Matt Greenfield is an experienced writer specializing in home improvement topics. He has a passion for educating and empowering homeowners to make informed decisions about their properties. Matt's writing focuses on a range of topics, including windows, flooring, HVAC, and construction materials. With a background in construction and home renovation, Matt is well-versed in the latest trends and techniques in the industry. His articles offer practical advice and expert insights that help readers tackle their home improvement projects with confidence. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or a seasoned professional, Matt's writing is sure to provide valuable guidance and inspiration.

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