My lumber salesman at Stock Building Supply called me on Thursday to warn me of upcoming price increases. This is good insider information that a good sales rep should let you know. We do enough business with Stock Building Supply that they will lock in the lumber prices on certain homes we have coming up. This little tip will probably save me 10k, or more, in the next month alone. I know a lot of you who look at home plans on www.theplancollection.com are trying to build your own homes. I would suggest that you get to know a lumber salesperson and let them know what you are planning. If you hurry and find a home plan you like, I would get it to several lumber companies and have them do a take-off. That is where they will determine how much lumber you will need. Once you have that, let them know when you will be purchasing this lumber and ask them if they can lock in the pricing for you. Even if you have to buy the lumber before you need it delivered, it will probably be worth it, because it looks like lumber prices are going to climb.