Ready to Build? Use This House Construction Checklist

The long wait is over, you’re making your dream home a reality. After seeing the pros and cons of buy vs build and knowing for sure that you can oversee the hours on site and deal with the costs of construction, you finally nodded to the build and bought a lot yourself.

It’s likely that you already did your homework of knowing the general steps for the construction to gauge the project ahead of you, but before getting your hands dirty, do learn the particulars for each step. This will help you screen contractors and appreciate the costs involved in the process.

Here’s a rundown of the steps involved in the home construction, taking a deep dive into what happens for each:

Step 1: Site and Foundation

In this step, the main goal is to make sure that the land is fully prepared for the house you’ll build later. With this, your contractors would conduct land clearing. This primarily involves land survey, marking and staking the boundaries of the property, as well as soil testing, examining the soil type of the site and making sure that it can support the home. Using heavy equipment, contractors would also clear the site of rocks, debris, trees, and other obstructions in the site. 

At the same time, the team will install footings, structures that support the foundation, keeping it from settling. Then, the foundation will be formed. Depending on the house you’re building, it may be a concrete slab-on-grade, a basement, or a crawlspace. 

Step 2: Framing and Rough-in

This step involves fitting together the pieces that would give your home structural support and shape. The contractor may use wood, engineered wood, or structural steel. Halfway through this step, you’ll see completion on the floors, walls, and roofs or as what contractors call it, the “skeleton” or “shell” of the house.

The rough-in part of this step involves fitting in the electrical, plumbing, and cooling systems. 

Under the electrical, it largely includes pipes and wires. Under plumbing, the contractor would install water supply lines, shower units, and sewer lines. Then, for the cooling, the ductwork and vent pipes for the air conditioning system will be fitted to the building structure.

Step 3: Interior and Exterior

Once the skeleton of the house is done, contractors would focus now on the details of the interior space. Among the priorities here are:

  • Wall elements. This includes insulation, doors and windows, and the primer coat of paint.
  • Floor elements. Depending on the type of floor you and your contractor agreed on, this may be hardwood, vinyl, tile, or natural stone.
  • Ceiling elements. This involves crown molding, cove style, and other decorative features.
  • Fixtures. This covers the countertops, cabinets, and lighting.

Meanwhile, in the exterior, your contractor would install finishes such as brick, stone, or wood, based on the architectural theme you agreed on with your architect.

Step 4: Finishes

All the systems will be inspected and finished, from cooling to plumbing to electrical. The contractors will bring in a few major appliances as well, such as the gas range and refrigerator, if applicable. They will also apply the final coat of paint.

In most instances, this is also the time the team will build the outdoor spaces, such as driveways and backyards. This is because contractors would not want to damage concrete with heavy equipment involved in the construction steps prior. Then, the final step is the clean-up. The team will fix a few chips here and there, touch up paint, and tidy up the windows and doors.

House Construction Checklist

As a summary of all the to-do’s involved in each step, follow this checklist:

Step 1: Site and Foundation

  • Land clearing or demolition 
  • Staking 
  • Footings 
  • Foundation 

Step 2: Framing and Rough-In

  • Framing (walls, floors, and roofs)
  • Rough-In Electrical System 
  • Rough-In Plumbing System 
  • Rough-In Cooling System

Step 3: Interior and Exterior

  • Insulation 
  • Doors and windows 
  • Preparatory paint coating
  • Flooring
  • Ceiling
  • Fixture
  • Exterior finishes

Step 4: Finishes

  • Finishes on electrical, plumbing, and cooling systems 
  • Appliances 
  • Outdoor Spaces (driveways and backyards)
  • Cleanup

Home construction is an endeavor that requires precise care and excellent skills. This is why it’s very crucial to partner with a builder that has an impeccable track record of delivering high-quality houses. Shop around for construction companies, get initial quote estimates, and compare. With a good developer working for you, you can finally have the home of your dreams and move in soon.

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