October 9th, 2018
Are you considering buying a newly constructed home or working with a new home builder to create the home of your dreams? A newly constructed home is great long-term investment to ensure you have a safe, efficient home for the long haul. As you embark on the homebuilding journey, it’s important to understand the steps in the homebuilding process. This will not only help you feel aware, but also educated and involved in project.
Please note, this is a general list of the steps in the homebuilding process. These steps may vary depending on your new home builder, home location and budget.
Find the right builder
The first step in the homebuilding process is to find a builder that best aligns with your needs. Start by researching local builders online so that you can browse their floor plans, photos and accreditations. Make sure they are a member of your local home builders’ association. Once you pare down your list to a handful of builders, schedule a phone call to learn more about each builders’ pricing, process, timelines and past projects. Also be sure to set a time where you can tour each builders’ model homes. Pay close attention to the details that are most important to you. You want to make sure the builder you select has experience with the size, style and price range of the home you are hoping to build together. Consider reaching out to current homeowners to get their feedback and overall experience working with that builder.
Design or pick your plan
The next step to the homebuilding process is to work with your builder to determine the floor plan, layout and details of your new home. Many builders may have pre-designed plans for you to select and customize, which makes the decision-making process much less stressful. Pre-designed plans also save you loads of money and time that may have otherwise been spent going back-and-forth with an architect. You will work closely with your builder throughout the homebuilding process, so be sure to communicate your needs and preferences clearly. Let your builder know what you don’t want as well—things that are deal breakers or preferences you are not willing to negotiate or change. Once you finalize your plans, be sure to verify that they meet all local government codes.
Draft the contract
Now that you and your builder have nailed down all the details, it’s time to get it all down in writing. Be sure to review all documents, pricing, contracts and paperwork with a legal representative as well as financial planner or lender prior to breaking ground. Don’t forget to set an agreed upon schedule and timeline for both buildout and payments. Also be sure to work with your builder to agree upon approved, and more importantly, not-approved brands, materials, finishes and products for your home. The builder, not you, should also be liable for working within the constraints of all building codes, permits and local laws.
Prepare the site
The next step to the homebuilding process is to prepare the site for your new home. During this step the builder will grade the lot to prep your home for footings, foundation and supports. Once these are in place, drainage tiles will be installed to control the flow of water around the home.
Construct the framing
After the site has been prepared the builders will start to construct framing for exterior walls, interior walls, floors and ceilings. After rough framing is set the roof, windows and siding comes next to help protect the interior from the elements for the next phases of homebuilding.
Plumbing and electrical installed
Now that the interior is no longer exposed to the elements builders and contractors are able to start safely installing plumbing, electrical and ventilation systems throughout the home. This is an important time to check in and make sure that things are looking and progressing how you would like. It can get expensive to move or reconstruct a wall that has already been fitted with electrical or drywalled.
Insulation, interior and exterior textures started
Now that the “core” of the walls have been constructed the builders will begin installing insulation followed by drywall. Once drywall is installed it will be prepped for painting, followed by installation of cabinets and interior trim. From there, builders will begin working on exterior finishes.
Driveways and walkways installed
While interior and exterior textures are getting completed, the builder will start working on driveway and walkway installations.
Install hard surface flooring, countertops and final exterior grading completed
During this step, flooring and countertops are installed and all exterior grading and irrigation is completed to ensure proper water flow. This will also help prepare the yard for landscaping.
Mechanical trims completed, bathroom fixtures installed
Builder will ensure that all HVAC is installed and registered, outlets, light fixtures and switches are all working properly. Also during this step—the powder rooms are ready! All final bathroom fixtures including mirrors, sinks, faucets, showers, shower doors, etc. are in place.
Final cleanup of the house and landscaping installed
Once all interior and exterior fixtures, flooring and mechanical trims are installed it’s time to clean up the build site. From there, it’s time to start landscaping installation.
During this step the builder will coordinate a building-code official to visit the home for inspection and to provide a certificate of occupancy. If your home doesn’t pass inspection, a follow up inspection will be scheduled once those defects have been corrected.
Final walk through
Once you receive the certificate of occupancy you and the builder will have a final walk through together to look over all the details of your new home! During the walk through the builder will give you an intro to the systems of your home, how to operate various systems and how to maintain proper upkeep for both the safety and longevity of your new home. Be patient and attentive during this walk through. Communicate anything that is unsatisfactory to you, and keep an eye out for any damages that need correcting. This is the time to really examine your new home and voice any concerns.
Prepare to move in!
Arguably the most exciting step in the homebuilding process—it’s finally time to move in and enjoy the luxuries of your brand new home.
Do you have any questions about any of the steps in the homebuilding process? Contact a member of our team today—we are here to help!
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