One of the most challenging aspects of choosing a new build home is the confusion over how long it might take to finish the home. No one wants to live in limbo, and when you have kids, you want to maintain some consistency in their lives. By working with an experienced builder, you can get a decent idea of when your new home will be finished. Choosing the right builder is beneficial to you for a number of reasons; you want a company that will communicate with you every step of the way so you always know what to expect.
Step 1: Financing and Sales
The first phase you’ll go through is the financing and sales process. A builder will want to see that you’ve qualified for a mortgage. Since financing new construction is slightly different than financing older homes, it’s helpful to use the builder’s preferred lenders. This can avoid hold-ups from banks that aren’t as up-to-speed on the process.
Once you’ve chosen a builder or community, you’ll want to tour showhomes and start to get a feel for what you want. As you commit, the salesperson will assist you with every decision you need to make.
Step 2: Legal Legwork
With decisions in place, the builder will have to do a bit of legal work before they can actually break ground on your home. This typically involves drawing up the plans and getting them approved by the municipality, establishing warranty and permits etc. When there’s already a system in place, there’s rarely a hitch at this stage of the game.
Step 3: Building a Foundation
The builder will then start to create the foundation for your new home. You’ll see them digging out a space to build the basement and pouring the concrete. This is one of the most exciting stages because it’s when your home really starts to get underway. Drive by every once in a while to see how things are going.
Step 4: From the Bottom Up
Once a strong foundation is in place, the builders can start to build the home up. This is when you’ll see the “skeleton” of the house go up — the wooden frame that form the structure of the house. Since this stage exposes your home to the elements, the builder often tries to get the roof and exterior walls on as quickly as possible.
Step 5: Inside the Walls
Plumbers and electricians can start doing their jobs during this phase. They’ll want to do this before the drywall is put into place, since open walls allow for better access. At the same time, workers inside the home are starting to lay down the flooring and install the walls, cabinets, and other such features.
Step 6: Making Things Pretty
With the home just about finished, it’s time for the builder to start making it look great. This includes things like painting the walls in the colours you’ve chosen, adding your selected lighting fixtures, and making sure that all the debris from construction is thoroughly cleaned away. When they’re finished here, your house is almost ready for you to move in.
Step 7: Outdoor Elements
If possible, the builders will also work on some of the outdoor features, like patios, walkways, landscaping, and driveways. However, this type of work can only be done during mild weather, so if your home is otherwise finished in the middle of winter, you may have to wait on these outdoor touches.
Step 8: Inspections
There will be various inspections throughout the entire process. For instance, the builder usually needs someone to come in and inspect the foundation before they can proceed with building the home, then will need someone to check the electric and plumbing before proceeding. Sometimes, this holds up the building process.
Step 9: Walk Thru
At last, your new home is built! At this time, you and the builder will walk through the home and look for any minor deficiencies that may have arisen during the build. This is also the time you can discuss any minor work that may still need to be done, learn how to operate any systems and go through your home warranty.
And there you have it! Building a new home is exciting, but it may require a little patience when it comes to the construction process. The key to striking a balance is to have a builder who communicates with you every step of the way. When you know what to expect and when to expect it, you’ll feel more confident.