What To Expect From Your New Home Build - Process and Timeline
November 19, 2018 | by QualicoCommunities
Embarking on a new home build comes with a lot of emotion – excitement, anxiety, inspiration and sometimes confusion. Most new home buyers, once they’ve decided on the perfect community for their family, are not sure where to begin or how long the process will take. While working with a knowledgeable and experienced builder should take a lot of stress out of the process and give you some understanding of what to expect, it’s still a good idea to come to the table with some knowledge of your own. Here’s a quick breakdown of the process surrounding your new home build:
1. Financing and legal work
Getting your finances in order is a vital step in the building process. Before you even get started it’s a good idea to decide on your budget and secure a mortgage pre-approval. This step shows you just how much home you can afford and ensures you don’t consider any options that are too expensive.
2. Choose a builder
The first thing you want to do after choosing a community that perfectly suits your family’s lifestyle, is decide on a builder to start the process with. The best way to do this is by visiting the community’s show homes. Explore your options, tour show homes from different builders, take a look at different home models and floorplans available, and most importantly, ask questions! You want to take this time to get familiar with different builders in the community. This will allow you to make the best decision and pick a builder who understands your vision, personality and needs.
3. Decisions, decisions
When you’ve chosen a builder that meets your needs, it’s time to take a closer look at the floorplans and lots available. This step is exciting because you get to choose a home that perfectly suits your family’s lifestyle. If you love to entertain, opt for an open concept floorplan, or a home with a completed basement option. Once you have made a decision, your builder will also have to prepare some legal paperwork. This typically involves securing building permits and getting your home warranty together.
This stage probably excites new home builders the most because their vision is finally coming to life. During this time, your basement is dug up, concrete is poured, and the frame of your home is assembled. Next comes plumbing, insulation and electrical wiring. At later stages of construction, flooring, cabinets and much more will be installed by professionals.
5. Finishing touches
Here’s where the finishing details of your home are chosen. You’ll work with experienced designers to choose a palette for your home which perfectly reflects your style. You’ll also get to select the lighting, appliances, and interior finishing. This is the perfect opportunity for you to express yourself, so your home can be uniquely yours!
This process, although simple, could take up a lot of time. Different inspectors need to walk through your home and ensure that it’s up to par. Everything from the foundation to the electrical wiring will be inspected.
Prior to moving in, you’ll get to have one final walk through your home. This is to ensure that you’re satisfied with the outcome. Your builder may also use this opportunity to show you the different features in the home and give you some maintenance advice.
Building your new home doesn’t have to be confusing or stressful. With this knowledge, the right builder and open and honest communication, the construction process can be relatively stress free.