Steps to Building a House
Summary: What are the steps in building a house and how long will each take? From construction loan, construction insurance, foundation contractors, siding contractors, to flooring contractors and home mortgage loan, here is how to build a house step by step.
During the planning stage (Getting Started), you will have prepared a budget, found a building lot (land), house plans, estimated the cost to build your new home, and have arranged your construction loan and home mortgage loan.
You have located most of your subcontractors and have contracts with them. You’ve visited various building supply companies for lumber, windows, concrete, bricks, etc., and have opened lines of credit with them.
Congratulations! You’ve reached the day you thought might never come. You’re ready to start building your new home.
What is the sequence of steps in building a new home, and how long will each take? Here is a list of how to build a new home step by step.
Staking the lot and house: 1-3 hours
Clearing and excavation: 1-3 days
Slabs, basement, and garage: 1-2 days
Framing and drying-in: 1-3 weeks
Exterior siding, trim, veneers: 1-3 weeks
Chimneys and roofing: 2 days-1 week
Insulation: 3 days
Hardwood flooring and underlayment: 3 days-1 week
Drywall: 2 weeks
Priming walls and “pointing up”: 2 days
Interior trim and cabinets: 1-2 weeks
Painting: 2-3 weeks
Other trims, such as Formica, ceramic tile, vinyl floors: 1 day-1 week
Cleanup: 2-3 days
Carpet and/or hardwood floor finish: 3 days-1 week
Landscaping: 1-3 days
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