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Why Building A Home Is Smarter – Stages in the Home building Process

Why Building A Home Is Smarter – Stages in the Home building Process

Texas is one of the fastest growing housing markets! Being a leader in job creation, new home sales have skyrocketed over the past few years! With a shortage of inventory homes on the ground as compared to the rate of newcomers moving in, more homebuyers decide to build their new home. The building process could take anywhere from 5-7 months.

Building your new home is exciting, and gives homebuyers time to save for their down payment, closing costs, and work on meeting final loan approval and funding conditions. Therefore, it is a good choice to build, especially in a competitive seller’s market where there’s a shortage of pre-existing inventory.

There are approximately 14 stages of the process. A part of the longest process in a building is obtaining the permit for your lot. This could take several weeks IF the builder hasn’t already obtained the permit. After the permit is obtained the actual time to build is 4-5 months. The list below is just an overview and may not be verbatim, how your construction process will flow.

Stage 1-2

  • Contract with all structural options
  • Draw plans and spec
  • Choose design selections
  • Purchase orders issued
  • Clear and/or rough grading of homesite
  • Buyer conference / Pre-construction meeting

Process Time: 3-6 Weeks

Stage 3-4

The foundation is a critical element of the building process, and it must be done correctly to prevent problems further down the road.

  • Dig footings and pour concrete
  • Lay the brick and block foundation
  • Pour garage floor

Process Time: 1-2 Weeks

Stage 5-6

The floor systems, walls, and roof systems are completed; often referred to as the “shell.” Frame floors, walls, and roof

  • First phase of EFL (Environments for Living)
  • Windows and exterior doors installed
  • Roof shingles installed

Process Time: 2-3 Weeks

Stage 7-9

After the shell of the house is complete, we can begin adding in the first part of the home mechanics.

  • Install fireplace
  • Rough mechanicals: heating, AC, plumbing, and electrical
  • Install exterior siding and trim

Process Time: 2-3 Weeks

Stage 10-12

The interior details play a key role in significantly improving a home’s energy efficiency.

  • Insulation and sealant package completed
  • Pre-drywall meeting with the future homeowner
  • Drywall installed
  • Hardwoods and tile installed
  • Cabinets and countertops installed
  • Interior trim and doors installed
  • Exterior and interior painting completed

Process Time: 3-4 Weeks

Stage 13

  • It’s time to bring this house to life and install everything from appliances to bathroom fixtures.
  • Final mechanicals: HVAC, plumbing and electrical
  • All fixtures installed
  • Installation of appliances
  • Hardwood flooring sanded, stained, and first finishing coat applied
  • Door hardware, bath fixtures, and mirrors installed
  • Carpet installed

Process Time: 3-4 Weeks

Stage 14

Your home is almost ready! Let’s take a final walk through and knock out the final checklist so you can move in.

  • Final punch list
  • Final finishing coat applied to hardwoods
  • House thoroughly cleaned
  • Walk through orientation (approximately 1 week prior to closing)
  • Final walkthrough
  • Closing on the house

Process Time: 2-3 Weeks

Contact me, Roz Booker, your premier real estate professional serving Collin County and surround D/FW cities for a comprehensive list of outstanding builder incentives and communities to build your new home! 972-679-9311,;



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