Raising your home IQ begins where your home does, in the construction process. Understanding the process and your role in it will answer the questions most homebuyers have and give you a timeline of the stages so you know what to expect. The 12 stages of the home building process are generally the same for all houses and are listed to inform you of what will happen.
Stage 5: Exterior finishes. This stage is just what it sounds like, finishing the exterior of your house. From the outside, your house is beginning to look like a home – but inside there's more work to be done!
Stage 6: Mechanicals. At this stage mechanical aspects such as wiring and plumbing are completed. The pipes and wires are still exposed at this stage; there are a few more stages before the interior is complete.
Stage 8: Interior finishes. This is likely to be an exciting stage for you, as it's when the house really starts to look finished. Your walls and ceilings are filled in; interior doors are installed along with shelving, cabinets, countertops, mirrors, and flooring. The plumbers and electricians return to finish their jobs, installing registers, faucets, and light fixtures and appliances.
Stage 9: Landscaping. This stage marks the beginning of the end. Your yard is formed including any driveways or walkway. To finish it all off, plantings such as trees, shrubs, and grass are added.
Stage 10: Pre-closing. While the landscaping is being finished, final home inspections are being conducted. If any problems are found, they are repaired before entering the next stage. Once any repairs are made all remaining construction materials are removed, and the home is cleaned and ready for the closing.
Stage 11: Closing. Before you can own the home, you'll be walked through the house and have mechanical systems and appliances explained to you. Use this time to ask questions about how the home operates. Minor repairs, such as paint touch-ups can also be requested in this stage. A few days after the walk-through you'll sign papers and the house will be yours!
Now that you're properly informed of what to expect from the construction process, here are a few tips to keep in mind. One of the most important things to remember is that you will be asked to make decisions early in the construction process. This is because time is needed to order and receive materials and also because some units are too large to install in the later stages of construction. Each stage has an approximate duration that builders strive to meet. However, a number of factors outside of the builder's control, such as adverse weather conditions and availability of labor and materials, can extend these durations. Your builder should give you an estimated completion date that will be approximate at first but more precise as your home nears completion. Keep in touch with your builder, ask questions early and stay informed about the status of your house. INSPECT-A-HOME offers inspections from pre-pour to phase to final inspections.
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