New Home Construction Time Frame

New Home Construction Time Frame

Published | Written by Brandon Holley

Disclosure: Transcribed from video. The wording may be off. 

Building a home can be unbelievably stressful if you don't understand the steps that you're going through as you're building that home. So today, let's look at the different stages of the building process. What is going on, everyone?

My name is Brandon Holley, and I am the broker at Holley Homes Realty here in Austin, Texas. Today I will discuss inspections, the building process, and building time frames. Everything you need to know when getting into a new construction home. A lot of builders give you some closing date. You know it's three months, four months down the road. Then, as you get there, all of a sudden, they keep pushing it back and keep pushing them back, and I want you to be aware of that time frame and exactly what's going on, so let's go ahead and jump into inspections and what you can expect through the build process.

The first inspection is the initial inspection for the billing permit. This is before the home is started to ensure the plans conform to the space and specifications. The second inspection is the pre-foundation inspection before the slab is poured to ensure all electrical, mechanical, and plumbing lines are run correctly. The third inspection is the framing stage inspection. This is after all trade work is completed before insulation and drywall. Then number four will be the post-framing inspection. This is to inspect after the insulation, and the drywall has been hung, and then the final inspection is to give the certificate of occupancy. This inspection will cover electrical, mechanical, and plumbing along with other systems in your house like HVAC. This inspection will also cover a termite and foundation. If you're interested in more information about the inspection process, go to the link in the description. Also, go ahead and hit like and subscribe to my channel for future new construction content, all right, so I am not a contractor or an inspector; however, if you have questions, reach out to your agent, and if you don't have an agent, please reach out to me I am happy to give you any information that I do have or at least point you in the right direction these inspections are performed throughout the 14 stages of the building process so let's go ahead and take a look at what those 14 stages tell.

Step one is permit and planning, which is done before you go to the community and check out any homes. When they get the land, they'll go to the city and make sure that it's zoned appropriately and that this many lots can fit in this community, and they'll go ahead and draw that out, which will be mapped and plotted for the subdivision—step two. The foundation layout is pretty exciting because you get to start seeing things take shape. This is where they'll go in, and they'll set the footing for the foundation, where they drill into the ground to ensure the foundation's stabilized. You'll also do the second inspection right here.

Step three is pouring the foundation, which is when you might get held up because the weather has to be perfect no rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future. After all, you want to make sure that concrete sets and gives you the most solid foundation that you possibly can have for your home to be built on, so here's when the second big milestone happens, and that is step four with the framing, you'll start to see the walls go up, the roof will begin to take some shape, and it's really exciting because you get to walk around the layout of your home and see where things are going.

Step five is when all the exterior features are completed on the home. This is when the house will be wrapped in that tea ply which is the thermo ply that keeps all the moisture from the outside from getting into the inside. When the roof is completed, this is also the third big inspection from the city to ensure that your home is up to code and everything is completed correctly.

Step six will be when all of the mechanical roughs are run, so your plumbing your electrical lines will be run throughout your home right here, and also, your bigger systems will be put in place, so the HVAC system will be set where it's going to be uh if you're looking to get a third-party inspection done for yourself, this is probably when you're going to want to get it scheduled and get things taken care of so step 7 is the insulation and drywall and milestone three of your home being built, you get to walk in, the walls are up, everything's taped embedded, and you see what your house is going to look like. It's extremely exciting. You can expect once you're here to be about 60 to 90 days out of the completion of your home. This is also where this city will do that fourth inspection to ensure everything is up to code and looks good in your home.

Step eight is the interior finish of the home and milestone number four because this is when it gets really exciting. Everything is coming together. You have the cabinets going up in the kitchen, you have the trim going around the doors, and the floor is being laid, so you see all the components of your home coming together, and it is extremely exciting step nine is the mechanical final, and this is where if everything has been delivered. Everything is on time, and the electrician and plumbers will come out to fix and fit everything in the spaces they're supposed to be and ensure everything is running properly and there are no hazards.

Step 10 is the flooring and final touches, which are exactly what it sounds like if you have carpet in your house, this is when they lay it, and also any of the other final touches around, let's say, light switches or light fixtures or anything like that needs to be touched up or installed this is when that happens step 11 is the final inspection ready which is where the city comes out and gives its last inspection.

Step 12 is receiving the certificate of occupancy, so after the last step, where the city comes and gives you the go-ahead, they will issue this occupancy ticket saying that it is safe to live.

Step 13 is the quality walk the contractor will perform without you at this time. Then, they will go through and list all the last-minute items that need to be fixed.

Step 14 is the buyer walk and milestone number five and is the most exciting part of building a home. This is when you get to walk through about a week before you close, and your blue tape any problems you see that they'll come back and fix. Make sure at this moment that you're bringing your real estate agent along with you because we can notice things that you probably wouldn't think to look for, and it's just really important to have that second set of eyes on the property. You know, once you do this walk and you see everything, and you mark that they will fix it over the next week, you'll do one more walk before you get to close on your home and move in, and it's an extremely exciting time, so here's a recap of all of those steps in the building process. Remember the weather or supply chain issues could hold up any of these steps. Also, if you are not working with an agent, I highly suggest you find one. We will be there to monitor progress across all of these steps to give another layer of security for you and your new home.

Thank you so much for checking out my video today. If you have any questions at all, please drop a comment below. Every builder does things a little bit differently, but this is a map you can use along the building process to follow up and see where you're at. If you have not already, please go ahead and hit like and subscribe to the channel for information about new construction each week. Alright thanks

*Disclaimer - All neighborhoods are different. Please speak to an agent to get all the facts straight. Also, equity is not guaranteed and fluctuates with the real estate market.

If you have questions about new construction, please reach out to me. The builder pays the commission, and it is my job to be knowledgeable about these communities. 

Brandon Holley

Broker - Holley Homes Realty 

Phone - 512.487.9242

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