This gave me the opportunity to build the house my wife and I wanted, not the same house built by others. It also allowed me to make all the final decisions and do things my way, and to be able to select contractors I felt comfortable with, not just whoever I was told I had to work with. By being my own GC, I was able to make the decisions that would get me what I wanted at the price I wanted so I could stay within budget. When I moved into this house, I moved in with $300,000 in instant equity. This is my true forever home.