The 5 Stages of the New Construction Home Process
Calling all current, future, and aspiring homeowners. Thinking of purchasing a new-build home? Opting for a customized new construction house is a smart move for many reasons, like great resale value and the thrill of creating your dream home for starters.
However, there is so much more to getting a new build home other than just picking a floor plan and moving in. There can be complexities, tons of decisions to make, delays, inspections, and other things you never planned on.
It’s best to go into the new-build journey with as much knowledge about the process and stages of construction as possible. A good builder will outline these steps before you even sign a contract.
Before you commit to building a new home, you need to understand every aspect of the building process and this includes both the financial and time commitments. So whether you’re casually curious about what’s involved in building your dream home or you’re ready to make a move now, learn all about the five stages of the new construction home process to ensure there will be no surprises down the road.
Choose The Right Home Builder
Arguably, finding the right home builder is the most important step in your new construction home process. Before you even think about picking paint color or imagine a single shrub’s placement, you have to find an experienced, reliable, stable builder for your new home.
This is the most critical step, and all the rest of your decisions are going to key off finding the right builder for you and your home. Once you do that, most other things are going to fall neatly in place.
Experience is vital but also approachability. You need a builder that has stood the test of time and will listen to your needs and dreams. Take time to shop around and find a place with years of experience and great reviews.
A company like Revere Homes has been in the business a long time, has an excellent track record, and you can go and see their work. Talk to your potential builder; do they listen, do they care, do they get you?
Once you’ve found the perfect builder, things will get a little easier; they will make your life so much less stressful and complicated. Do your homework, choose wisely, and the rest will take care of itself.
5 Stages of The New Construction Home Process
Now that you’ve found the perfect home builder and picked the ideal location to build your dream home, it’s finally time to get the process started! But whoa, not too fast. Before your team can even break ground you need to go through several steps. Let’s take a look at the five stages of the new construction home process for homeowners so you can be prepared when it comes time to build your dream home.
- Pre-Construction Phase
The first phase of purchasing a new-build home begins with the boring stuff. Building a new home takes so much more than just the actual construction. There are environmental factors, permits, availability of supplies and workers, and so much more that goes into building a home.
Before a builder can break ground, the proper approvals, inspections, and permits must be obtained. This can cause delays or lengthen the pre-construction process. Then, the building company must assemble an experienced team of architects and builders. Finally, the lot must be prepared. This includes clearing trees, rocks, and other debris plus, leveling for the foundation.
All of these steps, however, can only begin once you’ve been approved for home loans and signed all the official contracts and paperwork. On average, this entire process can take anywhere from 2-4 months. With all these time-consuming tasks to complete, it’s important to work with an experienced and professional home building company that specializes in new construction to ensure the entire pre-construction process runs as smoothly as possible.
- Decision Time
Before you can expect your home to be built, you need to choose your floor plan, features, and custom design elements. While some of these smaller-scale aesthetic choices like countertops or flooring can be selected after breaking ground (though we don’t recommend it) larger elements like the floor plan, basement, or garage size, need to be decided from the get-go.
As a general rule of thumb, the more standard your floor plan is, the quicker your home will be built. That’s why it’s much more efficient to work with a construction company that already has experience building similar floor plans and implementing unique design features.
You will also need to factor in a few design meetings with your team and your inevitable decision changes and for that matter, indecisions. When building a custom home, there are tons of decisions to be made, from paint color to layout. Don’t be afraid to take a minute and tell your builder you need to sleep on a decision or have a little time before a final choice is made. It’s your dream home after all, and it’s important to make informed decisions.
- Construction Begins
Yay the moment you’ve been waiting for! Time to actually break ground on your brand new custom-built dream home. The first part of the construction phase is known as the framing or “rough stage.” This means all the house framing (i.e. walls) are put up, the electrical and HVAC systems are installed and plumbing is roughed out.
This phase can be frustrating as new homeowners are so eager to move in. Patience is key during this phase as the average construction time of a single-family home is around 7 months. Plus, it’s worth noting that this data often doesn’t include the pre-construction process.
There are also several factors that can contribute to construction delays like poor weather, design or layout changes, or the availability of labor and materials. Learn more in: How Long Does A Custom-Built Home Really Take?
- Framing Meeting
It can be tough to wait months to see your long-awaited dream home and when you view it during your framing meeting, it definitely won’t look like the home you were dreaming of. During the framing phase, it will mostly just be a rough outline of your home, it likely won’t have the walls or plumbing fully installed.
However, this design review is crucial to ensure everything is correct and exactly how you imagined. You will meet with your builders to walk through the structural options you’ve chosen and give the okay before drywall is installed.
- Final Walk Through
It’s here! It’s really here! You can finally view your dream home as it should look. Your builder will complete a variety of quality inspections before bringing you in to do your final walk-through and review.
Think of this walk-through as both an orientation to your home and as a last chance to correct any errors. Your building associate will show you how everything in your home works, from the garage door opener to the electrical panel and you get to make sure everything from the fixtures to countertops are correct.
It’s likely that everything will look perfect which means you can now sign off and move into your brand new home!
Other New Home Construction Considerations
We always recommend doing your research in order to ensure you’re picking the right custom home builders, the best location for you and your family, and the right design elements. For more helpful information check out our top Tips For Building A Custom Home,25 Terms To Know When Building a Home, and 5 Reasons To Buy In A New Build Community.
The Revere Homes Guarantee
Imagine a pristine home, never before dwelt in, where you create all the memories, all the pencil marks on the walls, all the laughter, and life that fills the rooms is yours alone. At Revere Homes, we pride ourselves on being experienced, creative, detail-driven home builders that listen and care about the people we’re building a new home for. From floor plans to finishes, you get to personalize and customize your home to suit you and your family. Ready to make your dream home a reality? Contact us today to get started.