Being involved with your home builder during the process of building your house can be one of the most exciting experiences you can have. It is beneficial for you to be educated about what to expect so you can be prepared for each phase of construction. Here is a synopsis of the major phases of the home building process.
Before you start
Make sure you have a mutual agreement about both your and your builder’s obligations throughout the process. Understand each other’s roles before you move forward together with building the house. Hire your own inspector to review things along the way; it is your right to have a third party inspection if you desire.
Building the house
The creation of the house itself can be broken into separate stages:
- Foundation – There are a number of steps even before the foundation is poured. The site must be graded, excavated, and plotted according to the house plans. Rough plumbing will be installed and inspected, and then the foundation will be poured. This step can be affected by the weather more than some of the other phases.
- Framing – The home’s exterior and interior walls will be framed, as well as any stairs. The roof and exterior doors and windows come next. The faster this stage goes, the less the weather impacts the rest of your home building process. At the end of this stage, the structure will begin to look more like a home.
- Plumbing, electrical, mechanical – This is an important stage because if things aren’t done correctly now, it will be much more invasive and expensive to have these elements repaired once sheetrock has been placed over them. Water, piping, air conditioning, ductwork, water heater, and electrical wiring are all installed at this point. An inspection is vital before moving on to the next phase.
- Insulation and sheetrock – The walls will be insulated and sheetrock will be installed over them.
- Finishing – All the final details will be done during this final stage. Systems like mechanical, plumbing, and electrical will be completed. Interior elements such as doors, ceilings, countertops, appliances, cabinets, lights, and faucets will be installed. All flooring and landscaping are also completed. Final inspections will be performed.
- Walk through – It is recommended to walk through your home with your builder a week or so before closing to answer questions and address any concerns. Walk through again after any repairs should have been made to ensure they meet your satisfaction. Once everything has been cleared, you will be on your way to home ownership.
Those are the basic phases of building a home, but keep in mind that it’s not always a smooth process even with the best of builders. You can expect a few bumps along the way, but a good builder will help you through them and you will both come out happy in the end. Try to be flexible and professional during the process, and compromise when it makes sense to do so. Get involved in the building process from the very beginning, and remain active throughout. Pay attention to what’s happening and ask questions when you have them. All of these tips will help you enjoy the process even more.
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