New Homes Series: Construction Process

Building a new home takes time.  Depending on the level of customization and the builder’s schedule, building a new home can take a few months to a year or more.  Here is a general outline of the process for purchasing a new home.

  1. Prepare the site – Trees, shrubs, and grasses need to be cleared, the site is leveled and the ground compressed, septic system and basement prepared
  2. Pour the foundation – first floor plumbing roughed in, sometimes the driveway and walkways poured
  3. Frame the walls
  4. Rough plumbing, electrical, and HVAC – 
  5. Roofing
  6. Finishing rough plumbing, electrical, and HVAC
  7. Insulation Installed
  8. Drywall hung and painted
  9. Exterior finishes installed
  10. Interior trim installed
  11. Exterior walkways and driveway – This step may come early or late in the process depending on the builder’s preferences.
  12. Flooring and countertops
  13. Light fixtures, outlets, switches
  14. Finish plumbing
  15. Carpet installed
  16. Landscaping
  17. Builder walkthrough/pre-settlement walkthrough
  • Inspections: foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC
  • Good idea to have extra inspections done by an unaffiliated third party
  • Ask if you can attend inspections to learn more about the mechanical features of the home
  • Do not drop by unannounced!  Builders will allow you to check on progress as long as an appointment is made ahead of time.
  • Expect problems and builder cooperation after move-in.

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Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson is a Residential Real Estate Broker/Realtor in Cary, NC and the surrounding areas. With a background in investment real estate, Taylor believes every real estate transaction is an investment. Minimizing risk while maximizing returns through an analysis of current market data yields wise investments and more importantly, knowledgable homeowners and investors. This resale-centric approach continues to encourage astute purchases for families and investors alike.

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